of Burnham's Stert Island Swim threatened by EU water rules
future of Burnham-On-Sea's Stert Island Swim is in jeopardy due
to the EU's new sea water regulations.
annual 2,400m race
takes place this Sunday (August 31st) during Burnham's annual
emergency services day, but organisers fear it may have to be
axed altogether in the future.
spectacle, which this year starts at 10.10am, sees over 80 participants
race into the sea and then swim across the estuary from Burnham
to Stert and back in front of crowds of spectators.
Miall from organisers West Country Triathletes told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "We are worried that this could be the last year
we can hold the Stert Swim if the EU's new sea water regulations
result in a ban on swimming here."
is a big issue for the event which we are watching closely. It
would be a terrible shame to see it go after so many years."
added: "It's a very popular event and we have had a lot of
interest from swimmers again this year. We have 80 places and
are over-subscribed with a waiting list of people wanting to take
race will start just after the 10am opening of the rescue services
day on the seafront and is timed to coincide with high tide.
Burnham faces having to put up signs marking its beach as unfit
for paddling or swimming unless more is done to improve its water
quality once the new EU bathing water regaultions come into force
in 2015. We recently reported
here that a project is underway to tackle the issue.
Country Triathletes took over the organisation of the annual summer
event in February
2008 after Sedgemoor District Council said it could no longer
afford to run it.