Swimathon swimmers pounded the pool for cash

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The world’s largest annual fundraising swim dived into Kintyre last weekend.

Londoners created the concept of Swimathon in 1986 and it went nationwide in 1988.

It was to be another 31 years before Campbeltown’s Aqualibrium registered to be part of the event, raising money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.

Rhona McSporran said:  ‘This is the first year that the Aqualibrium has registered and it was a great success with our youngest fundraisers aged just six – Niamh McSporran, Evan Hunter and Eva McKinven

‘We had 32 swimmers taking part in our scheduled sessions over the weekend but there are other swimmers that have registered to do this within their own time.

‘It is a fundraiser that is open to anyone of any age as long as they are able to swim lengths so is a fantastic for all the family and we hope to do this again next year as everyone thoroughly enjoyed Swimathon.

The challenges available were – Individual 400m – 16 lengths, 1.5K – 60 lengths, 2.5K – 100 lengths, 5K – 200 lengths and triple 5K – 600 lengths spread across three sessions, team 1.5K and 5K.

Rhona added: Aqualibrium’s top fundraiser so far is Lauren Milstead.

‘She has raised a fantastic £789.81 so far and was swimming like so many others in memory of her mum Alyson.

‘We hope to have a grand total from Swimathon for all monies raised soon and it will stay in Kintyre too.

‘Refreshments were kindly donated by the Co-op, with the Sunday session’s sandwiches and baking made by the Marie Curie committee for all the swimmers which was very much appreciated.’

The Aqualibrium’s youngest swimmers, from back row: Louisa Coffield, Emily Hunter, Hayley McSporran, Linsey Campbell-Morrison and front: Niamh McSporran, Eva McKinven and Evan Hunter. NO_c14swimathon01

Back row: Ruth McGougan, Mairi MacMillan, Kirsti Coffield, Lauren Milstead, Marjorie Leighton, Louise Conley, Rhona McSporran, Ryan McGeachy, Hannah Oman and Stewart Ireland. Front row: Louisa Coffield, Hannah Millar, Niamh Quinn, Emma Millar, Cara McFadzean and Rianne Coffield. NO_c14swimathon02

Ruth McGougan, Caitlin Campbell, Rianne Coffield, Kirsti Coffield, Louise Conley, Hannah Oman, Leona McArthur, Sophie McSporran, Lindsay Colville, Rhona McSporran and Niamh McSporran. NO_c14swimathon03