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Heard takes the honours

PUBLISHED: 11:46 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 05 July 2010

DELIGHTED organisers of the annual pier-to-pier swim this week hailed the success of this year's event, which was lauded as the “best ever”.

With a new course record being set by winner Sam Heard, and a record entry, the standard at this year's race between the South Pier and Claremont Pier was high as 66 swimmers out of 84 entrants all finished within the allotted 30-minute timeframe on Sunday.

DELIGHTED organisers of the annual pier-to-pier swim this week hailed the success of this year's event, which was lauded as the “best ever”.

With a new course record being set by winner Sam Heard, and a record entry, the standard at this year's race between the South Pier and Claremont Pier was high as 66 swimmers out of 84 entrants all finished within the allotted 30-minute timeframe on Sunday.

Organiser Neil Godbold was pleased with how the race had gone, after fears in previous weeks that the event may have to be cancelled due to insurance issues.

“It was a very good day,” he said. “We had the biggest field we have ever had, there was a new course record and the male veteran category was very, very closely contested with only a handful of seconds separating the top three places.”

With the male open drawing the “biggest category” this year, swimmers from a team in Diss brought 18 competitors to make the biggest team.

And with an eight-year-old competing, a London fore service member, and oldest competitor David Cobb there was a real high-class field boasting a mix of ages.

“It's an event that is unique for the town and everything ran smoothly,” Mr Godbold said. “We have made enough money this year to cover next year's event - so it will definitely happen next year.”

Mr Godbold praised the Lowestoft Lifeguard Voluntary Corps for providing vital lifeguard support on the day.

“I will be putting some information together for the Pier to Pier swim in the near future, and if anyone has any interesting pictures or facts dating back to 1940's please telephone me on 01502 587660,” he said.


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