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West Norfolk Swimming Club enter eight teams in 2020 King’s Lynn Rotary Club Swimarathon

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West Norfolk Swimming Club entered eight teams in the 2020 King’s Lynn Rotary Club Swimarathon held at the Alive St James Pool.

More than 200 people, in nearly 40 teams, took part in the town’s second annual event on Saturday.

And members of the town’s Priory Rotary Club, which staged the event, estimate the eight-hour challenge will raise at least £15,000 for good causes.

The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702200)
The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702200)

The event was primarily raising funds for 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.

Swimmers took 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 West Norfolk Swimming Club teams racked up 1,921 lengths, over 48km, an average of 1km each.

Six of the Purple Army teams took over all six lanes of the pool for the last session, which saw some fierce competition.

Team Stop Watching It’s Not Funny were the ones that everyone else wanted to beat, as it comprised a number of the club’s coaches, including a rare appearance in the pool from head coach Sarah Vanderloo.

Periodically, 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 in the end it was the Big Boys outfit who completed the most lengths in the 55 minutes.

They swam a total of 314, covering a distance of 7.8km.

This was also the highest number of lengths completed by a team during the whole day.

At the end of the event and, with more pledges to come in, the running tally of the money raised by WNSC teams was a magnificent £1,205, an average of £150 per team.

West Norfolk Swimming Club teams and lengths completed.

Big Fish Little Fish (180 lengths): Ned Steele, Eliza Steele, Rhys Sturge, Thomas Arthur Jagger, Alfie Jagger,Harry Munro.

DS Squad (235 lengths): Thomas James, Esmee King, Erin Woodrow, Pemberley Hornigold, Thomas Garnett, Matilda Loram.

Stop Watching It’s Not Funny (255 lengths): Jake Hall, Archie Holman, Ryan Sykes, Sarah Vanderloo, Mair Morton, Sarah O’Brien.

WN Team (251 lengths): Molly Lee, Leah Wightman, Joe Read, Rebecca Read, Ella Farnsworth, Lara Grace Mount.

WN Swim Boys (231 lengths): Rhys Burrell, George Evans, Josh Parker, Jack Sharpe, Nathan Yeaman, Harry Malton.

Purple Team (240 lengths): Libby Collins, Esmie Kidman, Chloe Liddell, Olivia Skittrell, Jamie Sturge, Kristina Sutika-Totlebena.

Floatin’ Torpedoes (215 lengths): Chloe Bellamy, Marley Bellamy, Alex Bryan, Kacie Cooper, Abigail Nicholson, Jack Drage.

Big Boys Team (314 lengths): Robert Addis, Freddie Laws, Jake Lammas, Sam Rose, Harry Sharpe, Joe Wells.

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