The Rotary Club of Falkirk Annual Swimarathon

Interim Report on progress towards final reckoning

12th March: -

David Wheeler reported that the First overall place was taken by the team from Grangemouth Sports Complex swimming 214 lengths while in third place but taking the "Best School" trophy was Dollar Academy swimming 199 lengths.

The event so far has raised £6,346.00 with anticipated additional monies likely to top £7,500.00.

David was at pains to thank everyone who had been involved and named specifically Gillian Niven and Gillian Hunt for their hard work and Martin Sreenan for the use of the Pool. The event however would not be the success that it has been without the swimmers, sponsors and helpers all of whom deserve just praise.

Martin Sreenan and Alan Arthur from Grangemouth Sports Complex recieve their Trophy.

Billy Mitchell, Dollar Academy Coach recieves the "Best School Trophy" on behalf of the team.

Jo McCorriston from Young Carers recieves a cheque for £2,000.

The Swimarathon that took place on Sunday 23rd February at Grangemouth was a humungous success. David and the two Gillians surpassed themselves and have now set the bar for greater things in the future. Already the pool is booked for next year so put the date in your diary.

On the day 3,206 lengths were swum by 25 teams, totalling 150 intrepid swimmers ranging in age from 10 - 75.

That unbelievably is in excess of 80 Kilometres or 50 miles or the width of Scotland (roughly). Well done all. We wait with breath bated to be informed of the total raised that is to be split between Strathcarron Hospice, Young Carers and Rotary.


The Club's thanks go out not only to the swimmers, the sponsors and Falkirk Community Trust (who apart from giving us the pool for free also lent us a whistle on the day) but also to David Wheeler, Gillian Niven and Gillian Hunt without whom this event would never get off the ground. An amazing amount of work and commitment is required for this event even to be staged never mind being as successful as it has been. Well done David and Gillians.

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