Vulcan Swimmers in Charity Swimathon

Twelve swimmers from Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club recently completed an overnight sponsored swim and raised just over £1,000 in the process for Cancer Research and Help For Heroes.

The teenage swimmers, all members of the "County Squad", swam overnight from 7pm to 7am the following morning, completing just over 150,000 metres (or nearly 100 miles!!!) between them.

The swimmers came up with the idea themselves, deciding upon the charities to support, arranged the pool time and even designed the sponsor forms. Parents were called upon to provide encouragement, support, snacks, warm food and plenty of cups of tea and coffee for the poolside coaches.

As temperatures dropped and energy levels began to flag in the early hours of Sunday morning, a fresh outbreak of cheers from the viewing gallery lifted spirits and heralded the arrival of midnight "hot dogs"!

The swimmers taking part were Sam Chapman, Abbie Clayson, Sophia Collett, Mollie Divver, Matthew Evans, Megan Gilkes, Lauren Hilton, Bethany and Jacob Kirwan, Kameron Olivant, Georgina Quarmby and Harvey Williams. A special thanks to Leanne Roe, club captain, who returned from University to help out with the event and even joined in with the swimming!

Coaches Andy Mason, Stewart Fountain and Gavin Vaughan joined Head Coach, Fred Furniss, in commenting how proud they were of the achievement, which required tremendous levels of mental and physical strength, endurance and fortitude.

Thanks to all the parents and supporters who braved the hard wooden benches for 12 hours and to RAF Waddington who generously donated the pool time and arranged access for the swimmers.