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Be part of the 2016 Grantham RotarySwimarathon

Belvoir Triathlon Club at last year's Swimarathon.
Belvoir Triathlon Club at last year's Swimarathon.

RotarySwimarathon 2016 could reach the magificent milestone of £700,000 – and you could be a part of it.

Rotarians behind Grantham’s biggest fund-raising event – taking place February 5-7 – are urging anyone not already signed up to be part of the 2016 event to register.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Grantham, the event will be in its 27th year and will once again take place at The Meres Leisure Centre.

All the money raised goes back to local charities and deserving causes in and around Grantham. President David Burr said: “This local giving factor has made the event so successful over the years – it all stays local with nothing going into a national pot. Local people see where the money goes.”

Everyone is invited to take part, whether it be a group of friends, an organisation, a business or a family gathering.

Last year, RotarySwimarathon raised over £36,000 with over 35 different organisations receiving a grant, and it is hoped that this year’s sponsorship will take the total over the 27 years to a whopping £700,000.

Event stalwart and team co-ordinator Roger Graves said: “This is one of the biggest fund-raising events of its kind and people come back year after year, but we are always looking for new teams and I would encourage all newcomers to have a go.

“Why not hold a staff event with a difference? You will definitely enjoy it.”

Best newcomer last year was the Belvoir Triathlon Club, which is returning this year with three teams.

And these will be joined by a further 169 teams already registered to take part, including a number of schools. Among them are King’s School which has entered eight teams and Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School with 16 teams.

Roger said: “The Rotary Club of Grantham founded the Swimarathon back in 1990 as a trial fund-raising event; who would ever have realised that in its 27th year it would reach a staggering £700,000?

“Since those early days, many clubs around the UK have set up their own event. Two weeks after the Grantham 2016 event the Rotary Club of Oadby will be holding their first, having used the Grantham tried and tested template.”

The event is also known worldwide following the founding in 2012 by the Grantham club of the Rotary Global Swimarathon, which will see its fifth event take place at the end of February.

Back to Grantham’s Rotary- Swimarathon, teams are up to six people, swimming in relay for 55 minutes. Swimmers are asked to obtain a minimum £30 in sponsorship.

Lanes are available on all three days – visit www.rotaryswimarathon.org to see which lanes are free or call 07454 941349 for details.


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