presented to family in
memory of Stert
Island Swim participant
There was a poignant end to Sunday's Stert Island Swim in
Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (August 9th) when a special shield was
presented to the family of a successful young swimmer who died
of cancer earlier this year.
event was held in memory of regular Stert Island Swim participant,
Martin Lee, who passed away in April at the age of 38. He was
a keen swimmer and came third in the race in both 2013 and 2014.
father, Peter Lee, who is Burnham's former Harbour Master, swam
in Sunday's Stert Island Swim in memory of his son.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Martin had cancer 12 years ago
and came through it then, so we feel as though he had an extra
really loved this event. He swam it last year and came
third while I finished third from last. I wanted to swim it again
this year especially in his memory."
A special shield was presented to Helen McCulloch, the fiancee
of Martin, by Burnham's Mayor Michael Clarke, right, and
the organisers of the swim, Celia Miall and Martin Rogers from
West Country Triathletes.
Celia told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We wanted to do something
special in memory of Martin, who always liked taking part in this
"The new shield in his name will be presented each year
from now on for a special entrant in this swim."
Crowds lined Burnham's seafront to watch the 77 swimmers take
part in the town's annual Stert Island Swim, as
The late Martin Lee is pictured above on the far left after coming
third last year