Swimmers of all ages took part in a nationwide swimming challenge at Highworth Recreation Centre to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, from 26 to 28 April.
A total of 58 people entered Swimathon which encourages swimmers across the UK to swim a variety of challenging distances at their local pool.
The event involved swimmers aged between four years and 68 taking part. Most swimmers swam either 5km (200 lengths), 2.5km (100 lengths) or 1.5km (60 lengths).
A total distance of 153km was swum at the Highworth pool, which equates to 6,120 lengths.
One of the swimmers taking part was 59-year-old Lesley Muir, who started attending the leisure centre’s ASA Swimfit sessions when the indoor pool opened five years ago to improve her confidence in the water as well as her technique and fitness.
Lesley, who continues to attend the sessions, took part in last year’s Swimathon, completing 100 lengths in 1 hour and 30 minutes. However, she knocked 15 minutes of that time to complete the same distance this year.
Lesley said: “I enjoyed training for this year’s Swimathon. I knew that I’d be able to complete the distance so long as I didn’t get cramps. It was really satisfying to improve my time.
“A lot of the credit must go to Caroline who coaches the Swimfit sessions who has been working with me over the past year to improve my stroke.”
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Strategic Transport and Leisure, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone that took part in this year’s Swimathon for completing their own personal challenges and for raising money for a very good cause.”
For more details on Swimfit classes visit: www.highworthrec.co.uk or call 01793 762602.