Video 1 of 3: Action from Grantham’s RotarySwimarathon 2017

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When the Rotary Club of Grantham started the RotarySwimarathon back in 1990, they did it as a trial to raise funds for local charities and deserving causes – who would have thought that in its 28th year it would be still going strong?

At the weekend the club delivered on its promise to hold a local event that everybody could participate in, with money raised once again benefiting local charities and deserving causes.

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In total, 1,386 swimmers forming 230 teams took to the water over three days at The Meres Leisure Centre, completing 31,474 lengths. At the end of the event, sponsorship of £28,447 was pledged.

And setting a new record for number of lengths swum by a four-person team was Team Water Polo Oldies, after they clocked up 242 lengths.

Supported by an army of helpers, Rotarians once again delivered a professional and exciting event, not only for the swimmers but the large number of spectators who attended to support their teams.

Club president Neville Thompson thanked everybody for their support and said the event is the highlight of the year for the club and helping the community means so much to all.

This year, organisers received a welcome hand from students of Sir William Robertson Academy, in Welbourn. Eight pupils spent the morning with their teams and then in the afternoon were given the chance to be pool manager, photographer, receptionist and various other general duties.

Event organiser Roger Graves said: “Before we knew it some of us were redundant – they quickly learnt the ropes, took over with confidence and gave us a well-earned rest.”

Roger went on to thank also the corporate sponsors who help cover the cost of the event, thereby ensuring the 100 per cent of the money raised goes back to the


The next phase is to collect all the money in and then present the grants in June.

Any organisation wishing to submit a claim for a grant should email giving their details and contact number, how much they are applying for and the purpose.