Five times Olympian and Strictly Come Dancing Star Mark Foster was joined by swimmers in wetsuits as they gathered on one of Glasgow’s busiest streets on Friday 23 July to mark the launch of the British Gas Great Scottish Swim.
Foster, who is one of the UK’s most successful swimmers, said: “It is amazing to see how much the British Gas Great Scottish Swim has grown since last year. It is a new challenge that seems to have really captured the nation’s imagination and the best thing about it is that anyone can take part”.
The swimming legend gave training advice to the group in preparation of their participation in the one mile outdoor swim which will be staged for the second time in Strathclyde Loch, North Lanarkshire. The swimmers will be taking the plunge next month to raise money for Wobbly Williams-a charity set up by Bryn Williams who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 36 in September 2007. Bryn will be attending the swim, which takes place on August 21, to support the Wobbly Williams swimmers.
EventScotland, the national events agency, are supporting the British Gas Great Scottish Swim for the second year along with North Lanarkshire Council.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland said, “Strathclyde Loch is a wonderful location for the Great Scottish Swim to be staged and EventScotland are pleased to be supporting it once again. The event attracts interest and participation from Scotland and further afield including a strong line-up of world class swimmers. The international and elite element adds to the fun and excitement for everyone involved.”