Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Henley Lions Swimarathon

THE club’s 2017 Swimarathon will be held at the Henley leisure centre pool on Saturday, March 25, starting at 12.30pm.

We are very grateful for the free use of the premises for this extremely popular fund-raising event again this year after experiencing the helpfulness of all the staff there last year and the success of the location.

We do hope that more teams will want to take part in what is always a very enjoyable occasion.

Any organisation or group of people can enter as many swimming teams as they like. Team members should be confident in their ability to swim unaided at least 25m.

The object is for the team to swim as far as possible in 35 minutes, with only one team member swimming at a time.

Teams can be made up of youngsters, adults or a mixture of both.

We suggest that teams of strong swimmers have three or four members, intermediates and mixed-ability teams five or six and less strong swimmers seven or eight.

For swimmers aged under 14, there is a “consent” section on the reverse of the Swimarathon sponsorship form for a parent (or guardian) to complete.

The team should choose the good cause for which they will be fund-raising.

Before the event team members gather pledges from sponsors for the performance of their team (not an individual). Sponsorship can be per length or a total sum for the team.

Sponsorship money raised by each team will be shared equally by its chosen charity and a local children’s charity chosen by the Lions.

All swimmers will receive individual certificates.

For a registration form, send an email to Liz Brent at

Next month, the club will be presenting a supper evening with John Anderson MBE, Olympic coach and performance director of British Canoeing.

His talk will be called “The human side of Olympic gold”.

There will be a supper of lasagne/vegetarian lasagne and puddings plus a cash bar.

The event will be held at Shiplake Memorial Hall, Memorial Avenue, Shiplake Cross, on Friday, March 10 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £12 and are available from Chris Free at

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