Swimmers needed for annual fundraiser

The swimathon will take place on March 23.

The swimathon will take place on March 23. - Credit: supplied

SWIMMERS of all ages are being sought by Portishead Rotary Club for its 17th annual swimathon.

More than 500 swimmers aged from three to 80 entered the pool challenge at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre in 2012 which raised more than £10,000 for a variety of charities.

The big swim has already seen more than 42 teams sign up for this year’s event which will be opened by BBC weather girl and radio presenter Jemma Cooper at 1.30pm on March 23.

Swimmers wanting to take part need to be able to swim in relay, with five other team members, for at least 35 minutes. Teams of six people are required but individuals can enter, forming a team with other individuals.

Rotary member Miles Williams said: “The swimathon is always a popular event and even weak swimmers can be accommodated with the assistance of volunteers.”

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The 2013 swimathon will support the recently-launched Young Carers group in Portishead, but other local charities will also benefit.

To find out more or to register your team contact Mollie on 01275 372725 or 07788 590371 or email mollieyoung@talktalk.net

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Alternatively visit www.portisheadrotaryclub.org.uk

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