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PEOPLE are being urged to brave the water in Southsea by taking part in a swim to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The bi-annual open water swim takes place in Southsea on Saturday, September 7.

The 1km swim is a challenging and fun event that raises money for people affected by cancer.

At the open swim in 2011, 55 swimmers took to the water for Macmillan raising just over £10,000.

The group is headed by experienced triathlon and sea swimmer Derek Biggs.

He said: ‘It was great that in 2010, on its first year, the Macmillan swim event raised over £10,000 and all of the entrants enjoyed so much the 1k sea swim at Southsea which was in near-perfect weather conditions.

‘We hope that in 2013 we can get even more swimmers to take on this sea swim challenge in Portsmouth.’

For more information and to register please visit or to volunteer at this event, email