Swimmers complete Rutland Water challenge for Epilepsy Action

More than 40 people took part in a sponsored swim at Rutland Water for Epilepsy Action
More than 40 people took part in a sponsored swim at Rutland Water for Epilepsy Action

Charity swimmers finally took to the water on Sunday after their first attempt earlier this month was cancelled.

Swimmers took a dip in Rutland Water on Sunday as part of Epilepsy Action’s first ever Rutland Water Swim 
event.

A total of 41 swimmers, ranging from 15 to 72-years-old took part in either a 500, 1,000 or 1,500m course.

The swim had been due to take place on September 9 but was postponed after toxic algae was discovered in the water the previous day by swimmers taking part in a triathlon.

Epilepsy Action’s community fundraiser for the East Midlands Joanna Burrows said: “We are delighted to have been able to host this event and to work in partnership with Anglian Water and Inspire2tri.

“Everyone really enjoyed the event and the open water experience. Water conditions were good, if a little chilly at first, with some swimmers telling us they could see the bottom of the reservoir in some parts.”

She thanked Anglian Water and Inspire2tri which supported the event.

It is hoped the event will raise more than £8,000.

Yoga instructor Deborah King will also be raising money for the charity with a sun salutation event at sunrise on Sunday, October 14 at Rutland Water.

For details e-mail deb.king@do-yoga.co.uk