Harborough Rotary SwiMarathon is launched

From left, Nigel Adams, Dee Quinn, club president Rennie Quinn, SwiMarathon team chairman Chris Etherington and Gordon Etherington during the launch of the 2015 SwiMarathon at Harborough Leisure Centre.
From left, Nigel Adams, Dee Quinn, club president Rennie Quinn, SwiMarathon team chairman Chris Etherington and Gordon Etherington during the launch of the 2015 SwiMarathon at Harborough Leisure Centre.

Swimmers are being urged to take the plunge for a good cause by supporting a town organisation’s SwiMarathon.

The fifth annual event is run by the Rotary Club of Market Harborough.

A total of 36 teams have already registered for the event, which is taking place on Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, at Harborough Leisure Centre.

Of these, 34 have swum before and decided to sign up again due to the fun they had.

Staff, pupils and parents from Market Harborough C of E Primary Academy have entered a fantastic 11 teams.

Women from Great Bowden have entered two teams, Christine Giles’ swimming school has put forward six, Harborough’s Disabled Swimming Club have entered one and town Rotarians themselves have entered two.

There is room for more.

Jenny Parr, of Great Bowden, said “It is such a fun. We are bringing more grandchildren this year to swim with us.”

The town’s Rotary Club president Rennie Quinn said: “We really enjoy putting on this event. It is a lot of hard work, but all the Rotarians join in to help. It is great to see so many happy swimmers.”

Last year saw 38 teams take part and it raised an impressive £7,000 which was all distributed to district charities and organisations.

The 2015 event is aiming to have more teams, create even more fun and raise more cash.

Anybody can take part and teams of up to six people are allowed. Teams swim in a relay in one lane of the pool for an hour.

Work mates, business colleagues, school groups, youth organisations, sports clubs, families and friends have all entered in the past.

Last year the youngest swimmer was a five-year-old while the oldest was over 80.

Rotarian Chris Etherington, the SwiMarathon chairman, said: “This is an opportunity to enjoy a friendly swim with your friends and supporters.

“The sponsorship is a good way you can help Rotary to support groups to make a difference in and around Market Harborough.”

Each swimmer gets a certificate and trophies will be presented to teams who raise the most money, have the most teams and swim the most lengths, among other prizes.

After the event, applications for grants will be invited through the Mail.

In 2014, awards were made to 24 groups for amounts ranging from £25-£500.

To enter, download an application form from the website or email.

To sponsor the event, call Rotarian Gordon Etherington on 01858 467649.