Fund-raising event goes swimmingly

Morpeth Lions Club President Chris Offord with the Early Birds team.
Morpeth Lions Club President Chris Offord with the Early Birds team.

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Recently, 17 teams participated in LionSwim 2017 at the Riverside Leisure Centre in aid of Morpeth Lions Club and their own organisations.

Morpeth Lions Club President Chris Offord with Will Palletts team.

Morpeth Lions Club President Chris Offord with Will Palletts team.

They swam more than 46km in total, which is almost the distance from Morpeth to Gosforth and back.

This was the 25th swimming event of its kind organised by the Lions.

And there were milestones for two stalwarts, Eddy Gebhard and David Hunt, who believe they have swum every year.

This year’s event was again organised by Lion Les Brindley.

Amongst the 88 swimmers, there was a team whose ages ranged from 10 to 85.

In addition, Will Pallett’s team achieved a record for this event by swimming 219 lengths of the pool in the 55 minutes allowed — two lengths more than the previous record..

In due course there will be a presentation of funds raised and trophies for the team with most sponsorship and for swimming most lengths.

Lion Les Brindley said: “I wish to thank and congratulate all the swimmers for their efforts. This is a very happy event and will hopefully lead to valuable funds being raised by the organisations involved.

“My thanks go also to Morpeth’s Riverside Leisure Centre for its invaluable assistance, to local businesses who so kindly sponsor the event programme, and to my fellow Lions for ensuring the event runs smoothly.”