5 January 2018
North Lincolnshire Council is supporting what is thought to be the area’s biggest Swimarathon set to take place on Sunday 4 March at The Pods leisure centre in Scunthorpe. The council is urging people to take part and what better time to start than the New Year.
The council is working with Rotary Clubs of Scunthorpe and Brigg and Scunthorpe Pentagon to stage this mammoth event that could see around 300 people take part.
The idea behind the event is to get as many people taking to the pool to raise as much money as possible through individual or team sponsorship. All the money raised will go to local charities and good causes in North Lincolnshire.
The event is open to people of all ages. Teams of six swimmers can apply to book a lane on the day and will have 50 minutes to swim as many lengths as they can on a relay basis.
There is no entry fee and no minimum pledge. Once all money is collected, the total amount will be shared out across all the group of selected charities.
The event starts at 8am and finished at 6pm.
To enter the event and for details of how to be a rewarded charity/good cause, please see here.
You can find details of opening times at the council’s swimming pools here.
Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Community Wellbeing at North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“This is a great opportunity to kick-start those New Year’s resolutions to get fit while raising money for a great cause in North Lincolnshire.
“We want you to help us make this the area’s biggest Swimarathon in history.
“The Pods is a great venue to train. We also have swimming pools at Ancholme Leisure Centre in Brigg, Baysgarth leisure centre in Barton and Riddings Pool, with The Pods now open from 6.30am Monday to Friday so you can fit in a swim before you go to work. And all of our pools offer swimming lessons for those who can’t swim.
“Why not get a staff team together at your workplace – great for a team building exercise? We look forward to welcoming you to The Pods for a very memorable event.”
Andrew Ramm, Organising Committee Chair, North Lincolnshire Rotary Swimarathon Committee, said:
“We are excited to be bringing a great new community event to North Lincolnshire in the form of our very first Rotary Swimarathon. It will be an event through which local people can help to generate much needed funding for local good causes.
“Other Rotary Swimarathons have been held in many parts of the country and have proved wonderfully effective in harnessing local enthusiasm, helping local charities and good causes and promoting fitness in the community.
“Our three Rotary clubs are very grateful to North Lincolnshire Council for their support in allowing us the use of the pool at The Pods. We are also delighted that a group of local high-profile businesses have agreed to sponsor all of our running costs for the Swimarathon. Because of their generosity we can ensure that every penny of the money donated by those who sponsor our swimmers will go to support local causes.”