Swimathon Fundraiser – Saturday 29th April

Story and pics contributed by M-L

On Saturday, eleven IOGers gathered at Crown Pools mid-afternoon to swim a combined total of 15 kilometres. The purpose (apart from the fun of it, of course) was to raise money for Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie and The Swimathon Foundation.

Despite a slight lack of enthusiasm to start with (connected to the night before in some cases), once it got underway we had an entertaining few hours as people ploughed through their allotted distances with varying degrees of speed and grace. Top marks for style must go to our Chair’s first lap – I would have photographed it but the surf being churned up made me fear for my phone. Even the nice folk counting our laps recoiled from the fallout.

Naturally, in true IOG fashion, we ended the event with a drink or two and some pub grub in the Cricketers next door.

Most importantly, however, the IOG can be rather proud that between us and our sponsors we raised the rather impressive total of £1,663 – a fine amount for some very, very good causes. Congratulations are in order!