Ely man took the plunge into the Thames for cancer charity - then cycled 50 miles for heart disease

AN ELY man took the plunge into the Thames in the shadows of the London Docklands to raise money for a cancer charity - then cycled 50 miles the next day to raise money to fight heart disease.

Oliver Boutwood swam a mile in open water in the Thames as part of the Great London Swim on Saturday, raising more than �300 for the cancer Charity, Macmillan.

On Sunday, he joined 4,000 riders to take part in the 50-mile route through Norfolk for the Norwich Bike Ride. The ride raised �85,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

The director of Isle of Ely produce company said training for the open water swim was tough.

“I had been training in indoor and outdoor pools but nothing compares to swimming in open water,” he said.

“I chose Macmillan for the swim as it’s a good charity and cancer is a subject close to lots of different people.

“Following my open water swim, I was a little tired at the start but I enjoyed the 50 mile route, there was a good bunch of people out there.”

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To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/Oliver-Boutwood.