West Norfolk Swimming Club entered 8 teams to the 2020 Kings Lynn Rotary Club Swimarathon held at the Alive St James pool between noon and 8pm on Saturday 9th February.
Overall 48 teams representing a variety of organisations, work places and group of friends took part, all helping to raise funds towards the rotary club target of £20,000.
The event which was primarily raising funds for two deserving local charities, The Lavender Hill Mob, (www.lhmtc.co.uk) which provides opportunities for anyone, regardless of age, experience or ability in musical theatre, and mental health charity, WEST NORFOLK MIND (www.westnorfolkmind.org.uk)
In the water, teams competed to complete the most lengths in their allotted 55 minute session, with swimmers taking it in turns to swim one at a time for the first 50 minutes, rounded off with all team members swimming simultaneously for the last five minutes.
Together the WNSC racked up over 48km, an average of 1km each.
Six of the #PURPLEARMY teams took over all six lanes of the pool for the last session, which saw some fierce competition. Team ‘STOP WATCHING ITS NOT FUNNY’ were the team that everyone else wanted to beat, as it comprised a number of the clubs coaches, including a rare appearance in the pool by Head Coach Sarah Vanderloo.
The announcer reported the tallies of lengths completed, drawing cheering from swimmers and spectators alike. The water boiled during the final five minute free for all, with all teams looking to add to their scores, but I the end it was ‘BIG BOYS TEAM’ who completed the most lengths in the 55 minutes, total of 314, covering a distance of 7.8km. This was the highest number of lengths completed by a team during the whole day.
TEAM NAME NUMBER OF LENGTHS
BIG FISH LITTLE FISH 180
DS SQUAD 235
STOP WATCHING ITS NOT FUNNY 255
WN TEAM 251
WN SWIM BOYS 231
PURPLE TEAM 240
FLOATIN’ TORPEDOES 215
BIG BOYS TEAM 314
At the end of the event, with more pledges to come in, the running tally of the money raised by WNSC teams was a magnificent £1205, an average of £150 per team.
The swimmers taking part are named below, and photos will follow in due course:
BIG FISH LITTLE FISH, Ned Steele, Eliza Steele, Rhys Sturge, Thomas Arthur Jagger, Alfie Jagger,Harry Munro
DS SQUAD, Thomas James, Esmee King, Erin Woodrow, Pemberley Hornigold, Thomas Garnett, Matilda Loram
STOP WATCHING IT’S NOT FUNNY, Jake Hall, Archie Holman, Ryan Sykes, Sarah Vanderloo, Mair Morton, Sarah O’Brien,
WN TEAM, Molly Lee, Leah Wightman, Joe Read, Rebecca Read, Ella Farnsworth, Lara Grace Mount,
WN SWIM BOYS, Rhys Burrell, George Evans, Josh Parker, Jack Sharpe, Nathan Yeaman, Harry Malton
PURPLE TEAM, Libby Collins, Esmie Kidman, Chloe Liddell, Olivia Skittrell, Jamie Sturge, Kristina Sutika-Totlebena
FLOATIN’ TORPEDOES, Chloe Bellamy, Marley Bellamy, Alex Bryan, Kacie Cooper, Abigail Nicholson, Jack Drage
BIG BOYS TEAM, Robert Addis, Freddie Laws, Jake Lammas, Sam Rose, Harry Sharpe, Joe Wells.