On Wednesday, 22 March 2017 the Flitwick Dolphins swimming club set themselves a challenge!!

In July of this year some of the clubs swimmers will be taking part in an English channel relay swim endeavour. Not only will the swimmers be doing it for the sheer challenge of getting across the channel but they are raising sums for some very worthwhile charities .  

Charities that they are supporting are Great Ormand Street Hospital, Save The Children, Mind, World-vision and Vascultis.

In support of the swimmers taking part in the Channel swim challenge, the club organised a sponsored swim event to include all the club's swimmers and that took place within the usual training schedule on a Wednesday at the Flitwick leisure centre . The challenge that was set was for each of the squads to swim the distance of the channel but within the swimming pool.

The English Channel is 21 miles across which equates to 33,797 metres or put another way is 1352 lengths of a 25 metre swimming pool.

First to embark upon the challenge where the club's youngest squad consisting of the Flippers and the Fins. With the senior swimmers volunteering to lap count them , the swimming began at 7pm . Between them, the swimmers swam 38,950 metres which is an astonishing achievement for this young group.

Next up at 8 pm where swimmers from a B and C squad. Another amazing achievement with a collective swim of 37,200 metres.

At 9 o'clock in the evening it was then the turn of the A squad (within this squad includes the club's Sprint squad and members of CBSS squad, these are the clubs senior swimmers ) along with the Masters squad who are the clubs adult swimmers.

Collectively in the hour between 9 PM and 10 PM this group swam an amazing total of over 115,000 metres !!

Not to be out done by their swimmers, the parents were for the duration between 7 pm and 9 PM in the evening swimming their own lengths and amassed an incredible 40,150 metre of swimming.

The combined total of all the squads and parents meterage in the pool equated to in excess of 230,000 metres . That figure equates to approximately 144 miles which is actually just under seven times across the English Channel, or there and back just under three times!!

Flitwick Dolphins Swimming Club are very proud of all of the swimmers who took part in the club's sponsored swim event . If you would like more information on the challenge that some of the club swimmers will be embarking upon in July , or if you would like to donate towards the very worthy causes that the swimmers are supporting , please visit the clubs website www.flitwickdolphins.org.uk . Click on the tab marked "Swimming" and go to "Channel Relay Swim 2017".

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