Monday, 18 December 2017

Dozens join charity swim

MORE than 110 people took part in the Henley Lions’ annual Swimarathon on Saturday.

MORE than 110 people took part in the Henley Lions’ annual Swimarathon on Saturday.

Dozens of teams from schools and community groups between them completed almost 2,000 lengths of the 25m pool at Henley leisure centre in Gillotts Lane, which was provided free of charge.

The swimmers were cheered on by members of the club and Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier.

The event raised more than £3,785, which will be split between the charities of the teams’ choice and the Lions’ chosen charity, the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

The teams came from groups including South Oxfordshire Mencap, Henley guides and Henley sea cadets, as well as schools in Henley and Nettlebed. Each team had between four and eight swimmers and swam for 35 minutes each in relay style. The “goofy goldfish” team from Trinity Primary School in Church Street swam the most lengths with 97, while the Henley royal marine cadets managed 86 and the 1st Henley guides’ “penguins” team swam 84.

Cllr Hillier presented a special award to Sue Fitzsimons, from Trinity primary, for the school’s support of the event by continuing to enter several teams every year.

Swimarathon organiser Liz Brent said: “It went brilliantly.

“We haven’t been to the leisure centre for this event in years so it was a bit of an unknown but all the staff were so welcoming and helpful. There was a very nice atmosphere and everybody had a good time.”



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