Swimarathon makes a splash for cash in Grangemouth

Grangemouth Sports Complex team Martin Sreenan, Kirsty Park, Conor Douglas, Carla Maceloney, Katie Hunter and Harry Duthie at this year's Rotary Swimarathon
Grangemouth Sports Complex team Martin Sreenan, Kirsty Park, Conor Douglas, Carla Maceloney, Katie Hunter and Harry Duthie at this year's Rotary Swimarathon
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Scores of swimmers pounded up and down the pool last weekend to scoop up a ton of cash for good causes.

Polmont Rotary Club’s annual Swimarathon took place at Grangemouth Leisure Centre on Saturday and Sunday with 37 teams, featuring 200 swimmers from secondary schools, Falkirk Community Trust, businesses and various organisations, taking part in the big sponsored relay. The money raised will go to the rotary’s charity End Polio Now and other charities and organisations.

Rotarian Ken Donald, event chairman, said: “This is becoming a major charitable sporting event in the area and we are once again delighted with the number of teams which entered. The aim of the Swimarathon is to raise money for local charities and deserving causes and also encourage people to swim and get healthy.”

Teams, of up to six swimmers, had to complete as many lengths as they could within 55 minute.

This year Braes High School team’s 198 lengths on Saturday morning topped the table.

Teams from Scottish Power and Falkirk Community Trust came a close second, both finishing with 197 lengths in the allotted time period. Watching the action were a number of distinguished guests, including the chief executive of Scottish Swimming Forbes Dunlop, Provost Pat Reid, Falkirk Herald historian and Falkirk Community Trust chairman Ian Scott, Rotary District Governor Alistair Marquis and Rotary Club President Norman Black.

This year’s entries topped the 31 teams that took part in 2014, when a total of £7000 was raised. The total distance covered by all swimmers was also better than last year, rising from 63 miles to 73 miles

Mr Donald said: “The Rotary Swimarathon 2015 was a huge success and many local charities and good causes will benefit from the significant fundraising efforts.

“Everyone had a great time and we would like to thank all the swimmers who took part over the weekend.

“Also many thanks to Falkirk Community Trust for its support and to our corporate sponsor Macdonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa for its financial backing.

“We are all now looking forward to the next Rotary Swimarathon, which takes place on February 20 and 21, 2016.”