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Swimmers commemorate First World War with swimming relay

Swim England News

Hundreds of swimmers from across the country took part in a huge swim over the weekend in honour of those who fought during the First World War.

The relay, which took place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, saw four teams of 100 swimmers each swim 100m.

Entitled ‘We Will Remember Them,’ the event marked 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Organiser, Simon Wright, told the The Star: “We’re here doing 100, 100 metre swim relays. We’ve got four teams of 100 swimmers each swimming 100 metres in what is a monster relay.

“We’re raising money for two charities, the Royal British Legion, and Horseback UK. Each of those help our past and present servicemen and women.”

It was hoped that the swimathon would raise £5,000 for the event’s chosen charities but that total has been surpassed and currently stands at an impressive £5,220.

Open water challenge

Swim to Remember is taking place on Remembrance Day 2018 with 100 swimmers tackling 1km in Derwentwater.

100 swimmers will enter the water in silence while The Last Post plays out over Derwentwater and will remain silent for the duration.

  • Find out more about how you can get involved in the national We Remember Them campaign by visiting their website.