55 teams entered for this event this year. Jemma Cooper from the BBC was once again guest starter and did sterling work on the microphone as well. She was joined by Rotary District Governor David Houghton as can be seen in the picture below:
Starting at 1.30pm with 35 minute sessions comprising of up to 10 teams the day ran as smoothly as ever finishing at 7.45pm. Schools made up the bulk of teams entered with St Peters Primary, Portishead Primary, St Nicholas Chantry Primary, Trinity Primary and Mary Elton Primary. Lane counters provided the evidence of the number of lengths teams swam. Up to 10 lane counters were needed for each session as can be seen from the photo. Volunteers included Rotarians, members of Portishead Swimming Club, the local Air Cadets and other friends of the Club without whom the event couldnt have run so smoothly.
Also behind the scenes there were people registering teams as they arrived and writing out certificates for those teams who completed their swims. Teams also received a goody bag as way of the Club saying thank you.
Competition to swim the most lengths was this year higher than ever, with a determined team entering from the Clevedon Swimming Club. The group of six boys were out from the start to break the existing record of 120 lengths. When they arrived at the pool they were a little stunned to hear that a team from St Nicholas Chantry had already broken the record and raised it to a new high of 135. This did not deter the six boys who set off in hot pursuit of the record managing to smash this just before the final hooter ble
w. A new record of 145 being set. Well done Clevedon ASC team seen below: