SLIDESHOW: Photos from Friday at the Swimarathon

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IT was another record-breaking year for the Rotary Club of Grantham’s massive sponsored swimming event at the weekend.

The club held its 22nd RotarySwimarathon at Grantham’s Meres Leisure Centre at the weekend - raising more money and involving more swimmers than ever before.

Swimarathon 2011 - Friday.') Action Pics.

Swimarathon 2011 - Friday.') Action Pics.

The final amount pledged was £37,121 bringing the total raised in the 22 years of the event to £516,511.

That figure is expected to rise when all the money and Gift Aid contributions have been received.

This year there were 1,400 swimmers in 232 teams taking part in the event.

Top fund raising team was the Gassers, Cutters & Healers from Grantham Hospital who brought in a massive £1,571.

Event chairman Roger Graves said: “Every year we wonder can it get any bigger and it does, it goes beyond our wildest dreams.

“The determination shown by everyone is fantastic including the 900 children who took part - they swam their hearts out.

The atmosphere created at the event is superb with hundreds of supporters joining in the fun and of course all the costs are covered by our corporate sponsors for which we are very grateful.”

Rotary Club of Grantham president Courtney Finn praised the efforts of everyone and thanked the people of Grantham and the surrounding villages for their continued support and generosity.

• To apply for a grant from the money raised by the RotarySwimarathon for your charity or community group . go to

The site can also be used to book a place at next year’s event.