Time running out to enter popular Melton swimarathon

Melton Lions Swimarathon 2013 PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-150323-171102001
Melton Lions Swimarathon 2013 PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-150323-171102001
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Teams are running out of time to snap up a place in a popular annual swimarathon which has raised more than £80,000 for Melton causes.

Already, 26 teams have signed up leaving just nine lanes left to fill for the popular Melton Lions Swimarathon, which will be at Waterfield Leisure Centre on Saturday, April 18.

Each team is challenged to swim as many lengths of the pool as they can inside 55 minutes, with individuals taking it in turns to swim.

Those who are interested in taking part but who don’t have enough team members can still enter and they will be merged with others to form a mixed team.

Organisations which will benefit from the 15th such event are Hope Against Cancer, the Heart charity at Glenfield Hospital, Melton Scouts’ campsite building scheme, Melton Mayor John Wyatt’s appeal for Dove Cottage Hospice and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and various local projects supported by the Lions.

Organiser Sabrina Tate said: “I still have lanes free at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

“The maximum number of people in a team is usually six but fewer swimmers can make up a team.

“The team swims for 55 minutes taking it in turns to swim a length, so there is time to rest in between.

“We would also like to hear from any companies who would like to sponsor a lane and advertise their services at the same time.”

Among the teams which have entered this year are two from Pera in Nottingham Road - a male team called the Perawinkles and a female squad named Peramuscles.

Other teams who have also entered include local primary schools - The Grove, St Mary’s and Scalford - two from Mencap and The Wednesday Club, Latham House, Melton Building Society and Misiuda Dance Academy.

Trophies will be handed out to winners, those who swim furthest and the most amusing team names.

Mrs Tate added: “There is no real age limit - all we ask is that someone can safely complete one length of the pool on their own.

“Last year we had a family of four, which included two children, with the youngest being six, and we would welcome any families who would like to enter this year.”

To enter, fill in the entry form on this page and send it to Sabrina Tate, 39 Waltham Rise, Melton Mowbray LE13 1EJ.

Anyone who would like to take part but can’t put together their own team is asked to contact Mrs Tate on tatesabrina206@yahoo.co.uk or leave a message on 07860102223. Deadline for entries is April 3 but teams are advised not to delay to ensure they get in.