Swimmers go to great lengths to help cancer charity

FAMILY SWIM:  Jenny, Chris, Louis and Lexie King of Crowland.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
FAMILY SWIM: Jenny, Chris, Louis and Lexie King of Crowland. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Different strokes for the same cause were put in at Castle Swimming Complex, Spalding, as individuals and families raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

About half of the town’s 25-metre swimming pool was set aside for children and adults taking part in this year’s National Swimathon, hoping to add to the £9 million raised from the event for Marie Curie between 2007 and 2013.

PERSONAL EFFORT: Sally Slade doing her 60-length swimathon for Marie Curie Cancer Care.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

PERSONAL EFFORT: Sally Slade doing her 60-length swimathon for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Among the swimmers at the event on Saturday was 2013 Spalding Flower Parade Princess entrant Cordelia Barber of Surfleet, Chris and Jenny King of Crowland with their children Louis and Lexie, Penny Medlock and mum-of three Sally Slade (49), both of Pinchbeck.

Sally took up the challenge of swimming 60 lengths before her 50th birthday in July and she is on course to raise £400 for the charity after her efforts at the Castle on Saturday when she was supported by her daughters Matilda and Abigail.

Sally said: “It was quite hard work actually because the people in my lane were all quite fast and they were mostly doing freestyle, while I was doing breaststroke.

“But the etiquette was excellent and people knew when to give way and to go fast, so no one was holding anyone up.

GREAT LENGTHS: Cordelia Barber (10) swimming 200 lengths of Castle Swimming Complex's 25-metre pool.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

GREAT LENGTHS: Cordelia Barber (10) swimming 200 lengths of Castle Swimming Complex's 25-metre pool. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“I was really impressed with the families that took part and really pleased that I done it.

“All the organisation on the day, the counter staff and lifeguards, were brilliant, considering I didn’t know what to expect as I hadn’t done it before.

“For me, the most difficult thing was the counting and every time I tried to remember as I was going down the lanes.

“Marie Curie do an enormously good job and I might do a longer distance next year.”

MEDLEY RELAY:  Penny Medlock on front crawl during her 100-length swim.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

MEDLEY RELAY: Penny Medlock on front crawl during her 100-length swim. Photo by Tim Wilson.