Photo gallery: Rotary Swimathon provides nail-biting finishes

Saturday’s Annual Charity Swimathon run by the Rotary Club of Sleaford to raise funds for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and other Rotary charities was another resounding success.

Saturday’s Annual Charity Swimathon run by the Rotary Club of Sleaford to raise funds for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and other Rotary charities was another resounding success.

Top secondary school team, Carres 1,  saw off a High School challenge to top the table with 206 lengths. EMN-151116-131042001

Top secondary school team, Carres 1, saw off a High School challenge to top the table with 206 lengths. EMN-151116-131042001

Run from 8am through to 6pm, 190 swimmers in 47 teams swam a total of 10,497 lengths of the Sleaford Leisure Centre pool, enough to swim across the English Channel eight times!

The top team this year was one from the Sleaford Tri3 Club, the “Trinamites”, whose four swimmers averaged 112 lengths each, with one member, John Hilton, swimming an amazing 128 lengths in the allotted 55 minutes. Another team, “Busy Nights”, came second with their swimmers averaging just under 102 lengths each.

The Schools Competition was again a memorable feature, with five teams from Carre’s Grammar, St George’s Academy and the Kesteven and Sleaford High School. In a close run race, Carre’s 1 again triumphed with 206 lengths, but the KSHSSA 1 team battled neck and neck for over 30 minutes before having to settle for a well-deserved second place having swum a very creditable 193 lengths.

The competition between the six primary schools - William Alvey, Winchelsea, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Kirkby-la-Thorpe, St Andrew’s Leasingham and Osbournby - produced a nail-biting finish.

St Andrew’s, with 55 lengths, pipped Osbournby by just one length, with both William Alvey and Winchelsea snapping at their heels having swum 53 lengths each.

Jim Duckett from the Rotary Club said: “The support from the community for this event strengthens every year.”