Great Scottish Swim called off over loch fears

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THIS weekend’s Great Scottish Swim at Strathclyde Park has been cancelled.

Event organisers Nova International pulled the plug today (Tuesday) over concerns the loch’s water could pose a health risk to participants.

A contingency venue lined up by the organisers has also been ruled out over levels of blue green algae.

As reported in the Times, the loch at Strathclyde Park has been closed for immersion sports following an outbreak of illness contracted by participants in a swimming event in June.

Alex Jackson, event director of the Great Swim Series, said, “Making the call to cancel the Great Scottish Swim has been extremely difficult, but the safety of our swimmers and their families remains our main priority.

“The strict guidelines that are in place mean, for us, there is an unacceptable level of risk.”

A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council said: “We are disappointed the Great Scottish Swim has been cancelled, however we appreciate the concerns of the organisers, and agree participant health is the paramount concern.

“Our latest test results show a marked improvement to water quality, but it is possible the weekend’s weather conditions could have an adverse effect.”

For the full story, see this week’s Times and Speaker, out tomorrow.