Skipton Swimarathon has just 33 lane slots left

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ORGANISERS of the 2020 Skipton Swimarathon have been delighted by the number of islanders signing up to participate in the island’s largest community fundraising event.

The event has 222 lane bookings to date, only 10 short of the total number booked in 2019.

‘We have been fully prepared for a difficult year with people still feeling very anxious about Covid-19. However, we have been overwhelmed by the number of individuals and corporates wanting to support the Skipton Swimarathon and believe that this year could see a record number of swimmers.

‘It’s encouraging that so many want to give back to our community in what has been a challenging time for all,’ said Nick Guillemette, chairman of the Swimarathon committee.

Taking part last year was Lucy Smart, the Body Zone manager, who was swimming as part of the leisure management team from Beau Sejour. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 28580980)

Last year, the event welcomed more than 2,500 swimmers through the schools’ At Large event and at the pool at Beau Sejour. Together these swimmers covered the distance between Guernsey and Rotterdam, raising just more than £60,000 for local charities.

Mr Guillemette added: ‘We did not know what to expect this year, but I feel that the Swimarathon being one of the few charity events still going ahead, having a very worthwhile charity beneficiary, plus a desire for people to get more active and look after their wellbeing could all be reasons why we are seeing so many rushing to the pool.

‘We have yet to have a year where the event becomes fully booked so this could be that year.

‘With only 33 lane slots left, if people are thinking of joining in they should be quick to register a place.’

Swimmers will be put to the test between 7 and 11 October, raising funds for this year’s main beneficiary, the Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association with further funds going charities selected by the Lions Club of Guernsey and Guernsey Round Table.

Corporate teams, community organisations, friends and families can all enter teams by visiting

Will Green

By Will Green
Business Editor

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