Monday, 11 December 2017

Swimmers complete 10km charity challenge

SWIMMERS raised £150 for charity after completing 400 lengths of the pool at Henley leisure centre.

SWIMMERS raised £150 for charity after completing 400 lengths of the pool at Henley leisure centre.

They took more than three hours to finish the 10km challenge, which started at 6am and was divided into 100 sets of 100m.

The swim was organised by Jeremy Laming, who founded the Henley Swim events, and he was joined by co-founder Tom Kean, Olympic rowing gold medallist Steve Williams and friends Phoebe Lucas, James Walters, Mike Whitworth and Matt McQuillan.

Mr Laming said: “The swim set is called 100 hundreds and it’s notoriously tough. We’d been preparing for the last few months, building up the distance.

“It was quite difficult — we set the pace too hard for the first 35 sets so the last 65 were tough.” The swimmers were raising money for the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

Mr Laming said: “The Chiltern Centre is a really nice local charity and one that resonated with us. My wife Aimee works with children with learning difficulties.

“In July a group of us will be swimming from Oxford to Henley for the centre so this was a launch event.”

Richard Reed, who received the money on behalf of the Chiltern Centre, said: “It’s vitally important that we get donations. It’s a wonderful facility and we are grateful for all the local organisations that support us.”

Each swimmer received a goody bag from swimwear company Selkie.



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