Fifth fundraiser for cancer fight

AN amphibious charity fundraiser is urging residents to take part to help children suffering from cancer.

The fifth annual 1066 SwimRun takes place next month, with a 1.66mile swim from the harbour arm followed by an optional 1.66mile run up and down the East Hill.

Organiser Peter Wheeler started the event in 2006 after seeing the effects of childhood cancer first hand - his son Thomas suffered from a rare form of liver cancer which he sadly died from in 2007, aged just 17.

Over the years Mr Wheeler has raised more than £25,000 for the CLIC Sargent charity and The Royal Marsden Hospital, and is hoping to make this year’s fundraiser bigger and better than ever.

“The event has become really popular among sea swimmers and we hoping to raise as much as we can for CLIC Sargent this year,” Mr Wheeler said.

“If anyone is interested in taking part then they need to get in touch with me in advance of the race to be registered. We have set up a special online sponsorship page so if you would like to support a swim runner then please do donate – every penny really does make a difference.”

This year’s event takes place from 11.30am on Sunday, July 17.

To find out more call Mr Wheeler on 07845 056142 or email - or visit to donate to this year’s event.