14 teams swam over 1,000 lengths at this year’s Lions Swimarathon on Saturday at Henley Leisure Centre.
The teams taking part were from Mencap, 1st Henley Brownies, St Mary’s School, Trinity School, Valley Road School and Nettlebed School.
St Mary’s Sharks and Valley Road School Year 6 children swam over a 100 lengths each with Valley Road swimming the highest with 112 lengths.
Henley Mayor, Councillor Michelle Thomas started the swimmers off by saying, “Thank you all so much for taking part in this wonderful event. It’s a fantastic Lions event that happens every year and raises lots of money for charity. Thank you to all the Lions, all the parents who have encouraged you to come and swim and to the teachers who have made you aware of the event.
1st Henley Brownies joined in the event again this year. Leader, Michaela Clarke said, “I think this is at least the fifth time we’ve swum. The girls have so much fun and it’s lovely to part of this community event and raise money for local charities. Darcy Buckham-Hedges not only swam for the Brownies but she went in straight after to swim for Trinity School!” Sophia Paraschou who swam again this year for the Brownies said, “We beat last year’s target by loads. Last year we swam 60 lengths and this year we did 74.”
Wendy said, “Thank you to all of the swimmers who gave up their time on a Saturday to take part in the Swimarathon. It was wonderful seeing everyone having such a great time, while doing something so worthwhile. The initial estimate is that we will have raised approximately £4,800 for local charities. All the swimmers were brilliant and we can’t thank them enough.”