Swimathon 2017

Sat 28th January 2017 at 17.45 - Sat 4th February 2017 - 20.00

The Rotary Club of Penrith invites you to enter a team in our Swimathon which will take place on Saturdays 28th Jan and 4th Feb 2017. This fun event is intended to provide you with an opportunity to raise funds for your own preferred charity, good cause,

Thirty-three teams representing fifteen different
organisations, including schools, charities and businesses, took part in the
annual Rotary Club of Penrith Swimathon, held as usual at Penrith Leisure
Centre. The teams, with over one hundred and fifty swimmers in total, raised
thousands for their chosen charities.

Held over two consecutive Saturdays to cope with demand for lane spaces, the challenge saw teams swim in relay for fifty minutes. Participants pushed themselves to their limit to complete as great a distance as possible, with the teams from Eden Mencap standing out for their determination and commitment.

The event record, 196 lengths set by Arragon’s Tri Club, came under severe threat from teams of lifeguards from Center Parcs at Whinfell who were swimming for Together For Short Lives. Despite pushing hard to the very end, they fell agonisingly short and finished with 190 lengths.

A large amount of money was raised for many charitable causes, including Orton, Long Marton and Hunter Hall schools. Hunter Hall set a new schools’ record of 144 lengths, with a team from Long Marton also achieving over a hundred lengths.

Other participating groups included Eden Swim School, Ladies (And Lads) Who Launch for the RNLI, Sainsbury’s for Eden Young Carers, St. Andrew’s Church, The Juniper Trust for Sanjiwani Blind Hostel, 13th Carlisle Cubs for Water Aid/Cubs, Melmerby Swim For Swings and 1stKirkoswald and Langwathby Guides for Water Aid/Girlguiding.

Thanks went to the members of Penrith Rotary Club, who diligently counted each length swum, and the enthusiastic supporters of each team who encouraged the determined swimmers.