We had signed up to do 600 lengths (15km) but actually on the day we completed 630 lengths of the pool between the 4 of us during the 3 hour event. In other words it was just 10 lengths under 10 miles swum!!
Grace and Victoria swam 200 lengths each and Jonathan (our non-swimmer) did a full 100 lengths. I ended up doing 30 lengths extra on top of my planned 100, swimming in support of Jonathan and then Victoria, keeping them company as they finished their challenges. Grace showed great maturity and strength of spirit throughout her swim, completing it in just over 2 hours. Our wee Victoria was the very last person to leave the pool having battled away without complaint for 2 3/4 hours, determined to complete her commitment. I'm a very privileged mommy to have such great wee troopers.
It was an emotionally as well as physically challenging experience for us as we had taken on the Swimathon in memory of my late father. Our 15km target was in recognition of the 15 years since his passing from cancer. Maire Curie Cancer Care supported our family then and we, as a family, feel the importance of giving our support to them in return when we can. I can tell you the goggles had to get emptied a few times after filling up from the inside!!
Our original team fundraising target of £400 was raised several times thanks to people's generosity and we are delighted to let you know that in the end we raised an amazing £931 for Marie Curie.
Please pass on our thanks to all at Burnside. The support, encouragement and prayers of our friends and family definitely helped keep us going through the hours we spent in the pool in both training and at the main event.
I have attached a wee image showing us on the day, still dripping but smiling with our Swimathon medals, and a screenshot of our fundraising page showing our final figure.