VIDEO: Cabbie completes Great East Swim... a year after tipping the scales at 23 stone

LAST year taxi driver Simon Smith tipped the scales at 23 stone - but that was a distant memory on Sunday as he completed the Great East Swim.

The March cabbie has shed seven-and-a-half stone since he quit smoking, started exercising and began eating properly.

But his fitness kick reached new heights at the weekend as he swam a mile in Alton Water reservoir, near Ipswich, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 48-year-old had been motivated to get fit - and to raise money for the charity - after some of his close friends, including Babs Cox, died of cancer.

He completed the mile in 39 minutes, finishing 560th out of 980 entrants, and has so far raised �560 for Macmillan.


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The Great East Swim had been due to take place on Saturday but was moved back 24 hours after strong winds were forecast.

To donate to Simon, visit www.justgiving.com/simon-smith-big-swim

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