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Swimmers young and old went the extra mile to raise money for the Admiral Nurse Campaign in this year’s Swimathon.

Participants clocked-up 2,316 lengths in five hours, the equivalent of swimming the River Sid more than five times.

Sidmouth Rotary Club said thank-you to some 200 participants, aged from six to those in their 80s, for their efforts.

Organiser Steve Gunnell said: “Sidmouth Rotary Club would like thank all those who entered and sponsored the Swimathon.

“We would also like to thank LED Leisure for letting us use the pool. It has been a really great effort by all these people, it is quite extraordinary.”

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Some 21 teams took to Sidmouth Swimming Pool on Saturday to complete as many lengths as they could in one hour.

Newcomers Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club set a new record with 174 lengths within the allotted times.

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Money raised by the teams will be donated to the Sid Valley Memory Cafe’s Admiral Nurse Campaign to bring a specialist dementia nurse to the area.

The full list of participants included:Catholic Church team, Sidmouth Herald, Sid Valley Health Practice,

Kyle Baker Photography, Memory Cafe team, Parish Church team, Sidmouth Gig Club men, Sidmouth Gig Club ladies, Sidmouth Garden Centre, Sidmouth Running Club, Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club, Sidmouth Golf Club, Sidmouth Cricket Club, Sid Valley Rotary Club,

St John’s School seniors, St John’s School juniors, Sidbury Cricket Club, Sidmouth Rotary Club, Waitrose and All Saints Church. Sponsorship money should be returned to 1 Waterpark Court, Gorseway, Convent Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8RJ. Cheques can be made payable to the Sidmouth Rotary Club Trust.

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