Swimathon has 60+ ready to take the plunge

Kelso-based Marie Curie community fundraiser Sheila Laing with fellow fundraiser Maureen Stevenson and Olympic swimmer and motivational speaker Duncan Goodhew
Kelso-based Marie Curie community fundraiser Sheila Laing with fellow fundraiser Maureen Stevenson and Olympic swimmer and motivational speaker Duncan Goodhew
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more than 60 people have enrolled to take part in next month’s Swimathon for charity.

And fundraisers hope yet more will sign up for the 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k swims for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation.

Local Marie Curie fundraiser Sheila Laing said: “There is still time for people to help make a big splash for charity by getting a place at their local pool. Swimming is a great way for people to get fit this spring and funds raised will help Marie Curie Nurses provide free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses.”

There is also a 5km challenge for swimming teams of up to five people.

The region’s swimmers have risen to the challenge – particularly in Kelso, Galashiels and Hawick – and at least 64 will be taking the plunge on or around April 8-10.

Keith Campbell, marketing manager for Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, which manages many of the area’s pools, said: “All of our centres have actively supported Swimathon for a number of years. As it helps get more people more active, more often, Swimathon is the ideal event for people of all ages and abilities to participate in and knowing that money is being raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care provides them with that added challenge.”

For more information see www.swimathon.org or visit your local pool.