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On Thursday 14th July we held a Sponsored Swimathon at Moor House School and College.
The intention was to have a lot of fun, and to give ourselves an individual as well as a collective challenge, to see what we can achieve together; we also were raising money to benefit all the young people at Moor House through our refurbishment project and welfare fund.
The event ran from 12.00 noon to 12.00 midnight and our aim was to have people swimming continuously during this time. People were able to join in when they wanted, and also to take a break when they wanted, the only condition was that we needed at least one person in the pool keeping the swimathon going at all times!
People from all parts of the Moor House community joined in - students, staff, families and friends - to complete our challenge of 'Swimming the English Channel'.
The length of the English channel is 21 miles, which is 33.6km, or 33,600 metres, or 1344 lengths of our pool.
Everyone participating chose their own individual target, to represent a challenge for them - a strong swimmer could set a target of 20 lengths, maybe more; however a less confident swimmer could set their personal target to be 10 lengths, 5 lengths, 1 length, or even 1 width!
Also, in the spirit of teamwork and cooperation, we allow swimmers to be towed on a floating mat up and down the pool!
The total distance swam was 5910 lengths, which is 147.75km, which is over four times the distance of the English channel! And the students did the majority, being together jointly responsible for over a full ‘there and back’ swim to France!
We have also raised over £1,600 so far, with more donations pledged and on their way. (See our fundraising page on www.justgiving.com/MoorHouseSwim)
The students exceeded all expectations, with almost all of them exceeding their own personal targets. All the stories are notable, but to pick out a few:
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART!