Humber swim set to put the IT in charity

On standby for the Humber fundraiser ... IT manager Matt Clarke, pictured here during another test of endurance in Loch Shieldaig, Scotland.
On standby for the Humber fundraiser ... IT manager Matt Clarke, pictured here during another test of endurance in Loch Shieldaig, Scotland.

An intrepid IT manager at Boston Borough Council is set to take on a daring swim across the Humber estuary for charity.

Matt Clarke, 46, has set his sights on swimming from Spurn Point to Cleethorpes beach in support of Parkinson’s UK – he is just waiting for the right weather conditions.

The husband and father-of-two is no stranger to tests of endurance, having recently completed The Lakeland 100 ‘Ultra Tour of the Lake District’ – in which he covered a total of 106 miles on foot in 40 hours without a break.

Last year, he also swam the width of the Humber at the point where the Humber Bridge crosses it and says this latest swim will actually be a training session for another feat – Skegness to Hunstanton across The Wash, a distance of about 14 miles.

He is raising money for the preferred charity of the man helping him realise his goal, Peter Winchester – a veteran of more than 70 such swims.

“Each year, I use one of my events to raise money for causes close to the heart of others,” he said. “I’m not a prolific fundraiser, but hope to raise £300 for an incurable condition most of us will come into contact with through our lives.”

Matt described the route at ‘one of the most dangerous navigable rivers on Earth’ (pointing to such factors as traffic, tidal drift, river flow and debris) and said it is likely to take him about three hours to complete the 5.6-mile swim.

To donate to his case, go online at www.justgiving.com/humberswim.