A Suffolk swimming pool is ranking alongside the London Aquatics Centre in a national Swimathon for Charity.
Stradbroke Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre took part in the national Swimathon over the weekend, with 223 swimmers taking part at the pool. This placed Stradbroke in third place nationally, out of over 600 pools, lagging behind only two London based pools, including the former Olympic pool at the London Aquatics Centre.
The Swimathon, which raises money every year for Cancer Research and Marie Curie, saw former Olympian Duncan Goodhew MBE, who won gold and bronze medals for breaststroke and medley relay at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, visit Stradbroke to take part. Duncan Goodhew was returning to the leisure centre which he has visited several times since he opened it in 1991, to encourage participants and promote the fun way to raise money for charity and keep fit.
With Duncan’s help, Stradbroke’s swimmers raised over £4,500 for charity over the three day Swimathon from Friday to Sunday. The Pool has already promised to take part in next year’s Swimathon 2019.
Stradbroke Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre is open throughout the year for all levels of swimmers, and is run by EveryoneActive with funding from Mid Suffolk District Council.
Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Stradbroke has a reputation for pulling together a great turnout for the Swimathon, but this year Len, Maria and their team have outdone themselves: a small pool in a rural community is out-swimming major pools across the country and doing the whole of Suffolk proud! They are raising vital funds for Cancer Research and Marie Curie, and we in Mid Suffolk are proud to be supporting EveryoneActive in this incredible achievement.”