Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: This year’s Great East Swim on June 21 launched by Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley in Ipswich

19:43 08 May 2014

Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley launching the Great East Swim 2014 in Ipswich

Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley launching the Great East Swim 2014 in Ipswich

Archant

Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley visited Ipswich town centre today to officially launch one of East Anglia’s biggest sporting events, the Great East Swim.

shares

The TV soap beauty, who plays Eva Price, met some of those who will be participating in the swim while getting a look at a chalk artwork next to Giles Statue depicting a waterway.

Catherine, who used to swim for Salford, will be taking part in as many of the Great Swim events as possible.

“Swimming is one of the best things you can do in terms of toning and cardiovascular work,” she said. “This is a great way of giving yourself a goal to work towards and goal-setting is really important. There is something for everybody, so even if you’re not a great swimmer half a mile is not very far at all, it’s 32 lengths of a 25 metre pool. It is very doable.”

Alan Murray, cabinet member for health and adult care at Suffolk County Council, said the numbers of participants in the event was increasing year on year.

“It’s all part of getting people more used to doing some exercise, not necessarily aggressive exercise, but some exercise,” he said.

“We’re trying to increase the profile of sport and exercise in general, and also making it a useful thing for children to do, because if you get children interested in sport and exercising at an early stage then it makes a significant difference to the rest of their lives.”

Among those taking part in this year’s swim are Philip Unwin, from Newbourne, an IT project manager for Willis insurance, who is using the swim as part of his triathlon training in a bid to return to full fitness after suffering a heart attack.

He is taking part in Suffolk County Council’s and Sport England’s over-50 programme alongside Yvette Gallagher, business development officer at the Alzheimer’s Society, who is taking part after having a mastectomy in July last year.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) said they have received 1,248 hoax calls over the last two years.

Sore feet from wearing shoes, lethargy on a diet, and a dead squirrel are just a few of the reasons people called the East of England Ambulance Service this year.

Steven and Debbie Morgan have taken over at The Royal Oak pub in Sudbury

The new managers of a 17th Century Suffolk pub with a chequered past have pledged to return it to its rightful position in the heart of the community, despite facing a “monumental battle”.

British Transport Police (BTP) said paramedics were called to the incident, which is being treated as non-suspicious, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man was fatally hit by a train near Ipswich last night.

Abellio Greater Anglia reported at around 11.50am that a person had been hit on the Cambridge to Norwich line. (Stock image).

A person has been hit by a train at Brandon, according to the region’s rail operators.

Jessica Howard at Norwich Crown Court for the sentencing of rapist Clive Howard (no relation).
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

An Essex woman who was raped in a car park has described how an attack by a serial sexual predator has made it “impossible to enjoy moments of happiness” with memories of the incident darkening “every piece of joy” she has.

Mike Pennock (L to R) Matt Gaw, Matt Stott and Matt Bunn try tailored shorts at Coes.

It’s a debate I hadn’t ever thought about wading into, writes columnist Matt Gaw.

25th anniversary bonsai show run by the Bury and Cambridge Bonsai Club. Pictured is Sid Harris.

The art of bonsai was celebrated at a 25th anniversary show for a Bury St Edmunds-based club.

Stevey Povey, who was jailed for two years for affray and burglary

A homeless man who caused terrified supermarket staff to “run for their lives” as he hurled bottles of alcohol towards them because he wanted to go back to prison has got his wish after he was jailed for two years.

The fire service and police at the scene of a fire on Oulton Road North.

 Picture: James Bass

A fatale house fire in Lowestoft is not being treated as suspicious, police have said.

Kingsbury Walk shrubs cut down

Officers at a district council have admitted they did not carry out adequate consultation before removing shrubs from a street in west Suffolk, which left it looking like a “war zone” according to residents.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages