Sunday, 16 December 2018

Sport Relief swim aims to raise £15,000

THIRTEEN people took part in a charity swim at Henley leisure centre on Sunday

THIRTEEN people took part in a charity swim at Henley leisure centre on Sunday.

They each completed 68 lengths of the pool — the equivalent of a mile — in aid of Sport Relief.

The pool was one 31 across the country where they were attempting to do the same thing in six days.

Henley was 15th on their list of destinations, which also included Bath, Epsom, Reigate and Swindon on Sunday. The swimmers included employees of GLL, the company that runs the Gillotts Lane leisure centre for Henley Town Council.

Among them was Fran Leighton, a former water polo player who captained Team GB at the London Olympics in 2012.

She said: “GLL asked me to get involved and I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to give something back after they supported me in the run-up to the Olympics.

“There’s a really good atmosphere on the team and we’re sleeping and living on a tour bus.”

The swimmers were watched by Councillor Paul Harrison, vice-chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council. He said: “I was very impressed with the speed they went at. Some finished within 25 minutes and nobody took longer then 40 minutes so they did well.

“They are doing a great thing generating a lot of money for charity.”

The challenge ended on Tuesday and the swimmers hoped to have raised £15,000.

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