Sidmouth Rotary’s Swimathon success

Sidmouth cancer group could get �5,000 from swimathon fundraiser

SIDMOUTH Rotary Club’s Swimathon 2010 brought together a diverse social mix of swimmers and supporters at the town’s swimming pool last weekend.

Aged seven to 93, swimmers took part in the “convivial and noisy” event.

There were 20 teams, 115 swimmers and 1,841 lengths were swum between 4-pm and 8pm.

The seven-strong team from Sidmouth Garden Centre – Can’t Believe we’re Not Better – clocked up an amazing 132 lengths, beating the Ballsy Batters from Sidmouth Cricket Club, (113).

Newton Poppleford Primary School pupils managed more, with 117 lengths swum, closely followed by The Young Saints from All Saints Church with 100.

There were 13 lane marshalls during the event, 10 administrators and a photographer and money raised will go to Sidmouth Living With Cancer’s mini-bus appeal.

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Organiser David Cooper said: “We won’t really know until the end of November how much we have raised, but I would be disappointed if it didn’t raise in excess of �5,000.

“We wanted to raise money for this local charity and promote social cohesiveness in Sidmouth.”

*Page of Swimathon pictures in Friday’s Sidmouth Herald.