Fathers to take Pugneys plunge for Jane Tomlinson swimming festival

Picture of father and son Gareth and Simon Pelzer in their 1980s retro wetsuits as they will take part in the charity swim at Pugneys on Sunday'PICTURE BY MATTHEW PAGE
Picture of father and son Gareth and Simon Pelzer in their 1980s retro wetsuits as they will take part in the charity swim at Pugneys on Sunday'PICTURE BY MATTHEW PAGE

GARETH Pelzer and his son Simon will be among those taking to the water at Pugneys Country Park on Father’s Day.

The pair will join hundreds of swimmers in the park’s lake on Sunday for the second Jane Tomlinson’s Yorkshire Swimming Festival.

Jane Tomlinson who will be presenting the Commonwealth baton to The Queen..................mon 22nd april 2002

Jane Tomlinson who will be presenting the Commonwealth baton to The Queen..................mon 22nd april 2002

And Coca Cola delivery driver Mr Pelzer, 54, will be hoping his experience, and retro 1980s wetsuit, is enough to beat his 20-year-old son.

Mr Pelzer of Overton said: “I did it last year and am looking forward to swimming again as there was a great atmosphere.

“I am sure if Simon wanted to he could thrash me, but I hope he will be kind and I can challenge him.

“A few friends of ours are doing it with their daughters, so I am sure there will be a few fathers taking part on the day.”

The Swim For All event is set to be even bigger than last year and will consist of a junior 500m swim for 12-17-year-olds, an open 500m swim, and a 1,500m swim for over 18s.

The swim joins the Run For All and Walk For All events organised by the For All Events team as part of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The charity was set up by the inspirational fundraiser and has been continued by her family after she lost her battle with cancer in 2007.

To date the charity has raised more than £4m for good causes.