Sunday 1 July saw the first ever organised open water swim event to take place in the rivers of the Broads National Park. The Waveney River Swim proved to be a success and saw over 100 competitors enter the water at the Waveney River Centre.
The event was devised and organised by the world record holding open water swimmer, Mel Holland, who has worked closely with the Broads Authority for the last 10 months to ensure all of the planning, route selection and safety issues were checked, double checked and agreed with Broads Authority Officers.
The swim begun at the Waveney River Centre and participants then made their way (either in relays or as a single swim) towards Beccles Quay where family and friends awaited their triumphant arrival. All of the competitors completed the course successfully before the organised 2pm cut off.
Prizes were awarded by the Mayor of Beccles, Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, as well as Hugh Taylor of the River Waveney Trust and Broads Authority member, Bill Dixon.
It is hoped that the Waveney River Swim will become an annual fixture in the Broads calendar.
Tuesday 3 July 2018