Rotary event went swimmingly

Team 'Sue and Susan', from left, Sue Parsons and Susan Thornton, won the team prize for the Most Sponsorship Money Raised of �402. Presented by President Stephen Bath.
Team 'Sue and Susan', from left, Sue Parsons and Susan Thornton, won the team prize for the Most Sponsorship Money Raised of �402. Presented by President Stephen Bath.

Awards have been presented to those who took part in the popular annual Swimathon organised by the Rotary Club of Sleaford.

A whopping 55 teams and a total of 215 swimmers took part in the event at Sleaford Leisuere Centre - raising £9,000 for life-saving charities.

The first swimmers entered the pool at 8am and the last swimmers didn’t leave until 6pm. Teams swam a total of 11,662 lengths – the equivalent of swimming in relay more than nine times across the English Channel.

“The purpose of the event was two-fold, the first was to create a fun day for the Sleaford community and to demonstrate how swimming can be fun and promote active living,” explained Rotary Club member Jim Duckett.

“The second purpose was to raise much needed funds for the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, The Royal British Legion, ‘The End Polio Now Campaign’ and other Rotary charities.”

The Rotary Club, once again, organised an Inter Schools Swimming Challenge which was well-supported.

The Secondary Schools Challenge was won by Carre’s Grammar School Team 1 who swam 187lengths in relay in 50 minutes. The Primary Schools Challenge was was won by St Andrews, swimming 62 lengths in relay in 25 minutes. In all, 37 students took part and swam 842 lengths of the pool.

Sleaford Rotary Club president Stephen Bath said: “We are delighted with the support we received from swimmers, businesses, schools and Rotarians to stage this very successful event last year and I would like to thank them all for their involvement.”

l To apply for this year’s Swimathon, on November 14, contact Norry Bell on ngb@rauceby.plus.com.