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Unexpectedly Great: Nick Williams Paramedic Nick Williams was inspired to take on swimming fundraising challenges to increase his fitness and activity levels following his father’s cancer diagnosis. He is part of Great Swim's Unexpectedly Great campaign. Celebrating Unexpectedly Great Swimmers in Suffolk Inspiring swimmers from across the region and further afield gathered in Ipswich today to kick off the countdown to the 2019 John West Great East Swim. 2019 Great East Swim Date Revealed Suffolk’s biggest open water-swimming event the Great East Swim will return to Alton Water Reservoir in 2019 on Saturday 22 June. Swimmers Cool Off At Great East Swim Tenth Anniversary Around 2,000 swimmers of all ages and abilities took on a variety of challenges in the county’s biggest open water swim even Swimmers Ready To Celebrate Tenth Birthday In Suffolk The Great East Swim returns to Alton Water for its tenth event since launching back in 2009 Firefighters To Take On Great East Swim Members of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service will be making a splash at Suffolk’s biggest open water swimming event next week as part of their charity fundraising efforts THOUSANDS OF SWIMMERS AND SPECTATORS AT THE GREAT EAST SWIM Over 2,000 swimmers and around 6,000 spectators enjoyed this year’s Great East Swim at Alton Water reservoir in Holbrook near Ipswich. Two new additions to the Great Swim Series for 2015 Here at Great Swim we're always looking at ways to improve your event day experience, so this year we're launching two new and exciting challenges at two of our established locations.  Superstar soprano Laura Wright launches Great East Swim Suffolk’s own superstar soprano singer Laura Wright is encouraging others to join her in one of East Anglia’s most popular sporting events, the Great East Swim, which takes place at Alton Water in Holbrook near Ipswich on 20th June.  Superstar soprano Laura Wright launches Great East Swim Suffolk’s own superstar soprano singer Laura Wright is encouraging others to join her in one of East Anglia’s most popular sporting events, the Great East Swim, which takes place at Alton Water in Holbrook near Ipswich on 20th June.