A RECORD number of teams have entered this year’s Swimarathon, which was officially launched yesterday by the Lieutenant-Governor, Lieutenant-General Andrew Ridgway, and his wife Valerie.
Over 420 teams have registered for the swim, which runs until Sunday at Les Quennevais swimming pool. The first swimmers to get into the pool were the members of the Disabled in Pool Swimmers (DIPS), who traditionally start the Swimarathon each year. They were followed by the Bailiff’s Chambers team, which included Bailiff Sir Philip Bailhache and Deputy Bailiff Michael Birt.
The event has raised £2.5 million since its inception in 1972 and some of the cash raised from this year’s event will be used to buy and fit a new anti-collision system to the Channel Islands Air Search plane Lion’s Pride.
Pictured: The 38th Swimarathon gets off to a start