Lanark goes swimming for Marie Curie charity

3 day Swimathon organiser Lindsey Leeper (far left) with swimmers raising money for Marie Curie Nurses'Lifestyles Centre'Lanark'26/4/13
3 day Swimathon organiser Lindsey Leeper (far left) with swimmers raising money for Marie Curie Nurses'Lifestyles Centre'Lanark'26/4/13

A hearty band of swimmers descended on Lanark Lifestyles Centre over the weekend to take part in the third annual Swimathon Challenge.

Almost 80 swimmers took to the pool to raise money for Marie Curie Nurses with some taking part individually or as part of a team swimming either 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km.

Swimming development officer Lindsey Leeper is hoping that Lanark swimmers will better last year’s fundraising total of £7487.

Lindsey said: “All of our swimmers turned up which means it’s looking like we will have the second highest number of swimmers in Scotland which is a remarkable achievement. We have beaten large pools in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We were delighted to see so many people taking part. A lot of people were looking to have personal best times as well as raise money.”

Lindsey added that, by her calculation, those taking part swam a total of 181 kilometres.

Members of Lanark Triathlon Club also raised the sum of £264.32 from a bake sale, held on Friday evening.