GALLERY: Teams make a splash at annual swimathon
PUBLISHED: 06:56 18 October 2014
Swimming teams from across Sidmouth dived in for charity at the annual Swimathon.
Sidmouth Swimathon 2014
Catholic Church of the Precious Blood shs swim 005
The Lady Smashers-Sidmouth Tennis Club. Ref shs swim 008
The Memory Marvels- Sid Valley Memory Cafe shs swim 011
The Herald Sharks-Sidmouth Herald shs swim 014
The Leviathons-Sidmouth Parish Church shs swim 018
The Young Ones-All Saints Church shs swim 020
Swimmers and Losers-All Saints Church shs swim 023
Simply the Best-Sidmouth Victoria Hospital shs swim 026
The Green Jaguars-1st Sid Vale Scouts shs swim 028
The Pink Pansies-1st Sid Vale Scouts shs swim 031
The Sid Young and Not So Young-Sidmouth Golf Club shs swim 034
SJIS-St John's Independent School shs swim 041
The Rotarian Surfers-The Rotary Club of Sidmouth shs swim 042
Sid Valley Swingers-Sid Valley Rotary Club shs swim 045
What, What Wet-The Sidmouth Victoria Hospital Comforts Fund shs swim 047
The Scorpions-1st Sid Vale Scouts shs swim 048
Sidbury Cricket Club shs swim 050
The Water Lillies-Sidmouth Garden Centre shs swim 053
The Waitrose team-Never Knowingly Beaten shs swim 055
Teams big and small took to the pool on Saturday afternoon to help raise money for Sid Vale Memory Café.
Each team swam as many lengths in their allocated hour racing against the clock and each other.
The event’s organiser, Steve Gunnell, said: “It was just great to dive into a pool of local talent who were prepared to raise money for a more-than-worthy charity. I congratulate them all.”
The Waitrose team swam 155 lengths, claiming first place over St John’s School by one stroke.
Four reporters from the Sidmouth and Midweek Herald also took part swimming 80 lengths in an hour.
The 20 teams taking part included; the Catholic Church of the Precious Blood, Sidmouth Tennis Club, Sidmouth Parish Church, All Saints Church, Victoria Hospital. 1st Sid Vale Scouts, Health Centre, Sidmouth Golf Club, St John’s School, Sidmouth Rotary Club, Sid Valley Rotary Club, the Victoria Hospital Comforts Fund, Sidbury Cricket Club, Sidmouth Garden Centre and Waitrose.
Altogether the teams swam an impressive 2,261 lengths of the pool or the equivalent of 35 miles drive from Sidmouth to Weymouth.
The Herald would like to Mike Deary for the photographs from the event.
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