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Durham swimmers make a splash with Swim Active Century day

30 June 2011

A Big Splash-inspired day in Durham saw 256 swimmers of all ages smash their target of 100 miles in one day.

With Big Splash mascot Trunx on hand for support, the Durham Swim Active Century Swim saw swimmers of all ages taking part in 10 pools over the county as they racked up a combined total of 113 miles.

While the event was free to take part in, everyone was encouraged to make a charitable donation with £815 ultimately raised for North East Air Ambulance, British Wheelpower and the Rainbow Trust.

The event was started at Chester-le-Street pool where Matthew Gibson swam 100 lengths despite having only learnt to swim eight months ago.

Other notable achievers include youngster Victoria Rodgers (152 lengths) and Clive Carrick (192 lengths) as well as five-year old Harry Hewitson who, having only recently learnt to swim, completed his six lengths and donated his pocket money to charity!

Congratulations to all those who took part!

The Durham pools who made a big splash through the Active Century Swim:

Belle Vue Swim Centre, The Louisa Centre, Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre, Peterlee Leisure Centre, Glenholme Leisure Centre, Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre, Freemans Quay Leisure Centre, Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, Teesdale Leisure Centre, Spennymoor Leisure Centre.

Find out more about the swimming in Country Durham at www.durhamswimactive.org.uk

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