Swim success for town teams
CHILDREN from Bollington were among the competitors in this year’s Macclesfield Swimathon.
Young air cadets from 236 Bollington Squadron ATC and a team of six pupils from Bollington Cross Primary School took part in the event organised by the Macclesfield and District Lions Club at Macclesfield Leisure Centre in aid of BBC Children in Need, Middlewood Riding for the Disabled and Lions charitable causes.
The team of air cadets smashed all expectations to complete an impressive 102 laps in 45 minutes and the ‘Bolly Cross Swimstars’ won their category.
Nicky Loveday, honorary president of the air cadets squadron, said: “Our team was allowed to swim in relay for a maximum of 45 minutes. We were told that a team of adult average swimmers should complete about 40 laps in 45 minutes but our amazing air cadets totally smashed it and completed 102 laps.
“Very well done to the team, We were delighted to support the Lions who have generously helped the squadron in the past. It’s always good to give something back to such worthy causes.”
Emma Gibbons entered the team from Bollington Cross. She said: “As mum to a young Satellites swimmer I decided to arrange for a team of six children from the school to take part.
“It was a great success and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves while raising money for charity.
“Our team ‘Bolly Cross Swimstars’ won their category, managing to swim an incredible 52 laps in the allocated time of 45 minutes. I always think it’s worthwhile championing children who raise money for charity and hopefully it encourages them to do it over and over again.”
●● Rebecca Prunty, Lee Wainwright (managing director of The Bollington Brewing Co), Tom Quinn, Martin Harrington and Tim Jones
●● A team from Bollington Cross Primary School took part in this year’s event
●● The team from 236 (Bollington) Squadron ATC