Only days to go until Grantham’s 27th RotarySwimarathon

Action at last year's RotarySwimarathon.
Action at last year's RotarySwimarathon.

Swimmers are preparing for the 2016 RotarySwimarathon, which kicks off on Friday.

In its 27th year, the biggest fund-raising community event in the Grantham calendar will once again get under way at The Meres Leisure Centre, with the first claxon sounding at 1.30pm.

And teams will be joined at 4.30pm by a special guest – Olympic and Commonwealth GB swimmer Sophie Allen.

The Swimarathon is organised by the Rotary Club of Grantham and will this year see almost 1,400 people swimming over the three days to raise money for community causes.

Teams from local schools, including for the first time Claypole Primary School, will be swimming their best alongside scout groups, local businesses and family teams.

Rotarian Roger Graves said: “Such is the popularity of this event that people have it in their diary year on year.

“Swimmers not only enjoy themselves but they like the idea of all the money raised staying in their local community for charities and deserving causes in and around Grantham.”

It’s not too late to get involved – there is a handful of gaps remaining on Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in swimmiing can call 07454 941349.

Every swimmer will receive a RotarySwimarathon drawstring bag, together with a certificate with their team photograph on.

Roger added: “Our thanks go to our corporate sponsors who have covered all our costs so once again 100 per cent of swimmers’ monies is given to the community and local Rotary projects.”

** Don’t miss next week’s Journal for a special 16-page pull-out of pictures from the event!