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A record number of swimmers took part in the 40th Skipton Swimarathon, and are set to raise £55,000 for local good causes

The 40th Anniversary of the Skipton Swimarathon once again rallied the Guernsey community to raise money for charity. 1780 swimmers swam over 700km and their efforts are set to raise at least £55,000.

To celebrate its landmark 40th anniversary, organisers of the Skipton Swimarathon chose 40 local good causes to benefit from the fundraising in 2016.The Lions Club of Guernsey and The Guernsey Round Table distribute the funds annually, and this year have made a £1,000 donation to each of the 40 Guernsey based charities. The remainder of the funds raised were shared among the two clubs.

The first Swimarathon Organising Committee was formed by The Lions Club of Guernsey, Guernsey Round Table and Variety Club of Guernsey under the chairmanship of Harry Bisson in 1977 with the aim of raising funds to put back into the community. Forty years later and the event has grown from 1,000 swimmers to over 1,800 in 2015, raising over £1,300,000 for Guernsey charities.

The Skipton Swimarathon is run jointly by the Lions Club of Guernsey and Guernsey Round Table and sponsored by local bank Skipton International.

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