Another swimming success

SWIMMERS made a big splash for charity at the 15th Portishead Rotary Annual Swimathon.

A total of 86 teams entered the event at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

The event was opened by BBC weather girl Jemma Cooper.

Businesses and community groups ranging from cubs, brownies and schools to doctors, medical staff and sports clubs took part, with members from each of the teams swimming in relay for 35 minutes, hoping to achieve as many lengths as possible.

PAC TRI (Portishead and Clevedon Triathlon Club) beat their 2010 record, swimming the most lengths, reaching a total of 137.

Charities to benefit this year will include Cancer Research UK, MacMillan Cancer Support and Cystic Fibrosis Trust, as well as local projects and schools.

Miles Williams, a spokesperson for Rotary, said: “The Rotary Club of Portishead would like to sincerely thank all the swimmers and their sponsors for their help in making the Swimathon a continuing success.”