Macclesfield swimathon is a splashing success!


Macclesfield Castle Rotary Club once again held its annual charity swimathon recently, and local MP David Rutley was on hand to support the event.

Around 40 teams, comprising 240 competitors, took part in the five-hour long swimathon at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Each team of swimmers was encouraged to complete as many lengths of the pool as possible, with sponsorship proceeds shared equally between the entrant’s nominated charity and those supported by Macclesfield Castle Rotary Club.

It is hoped that over £6,000 will have been raised for local charities.

The swimmers were also cheered on by the mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Adam Schofield, along with their families, friends and other well-wishers.

Teams represented included those from local charities such as: Speaking Up, Speaking Out; Reach Out And Recover; and East Cheshire Eye Society.

Also taking part were local Scouting groups as well as teams from local churches and schools.

Since it was first held two decades ago, the Rotary Club swimathon in Macclesfield has raised well over £150,000 for local and international charities.

Speaking after the event, MP David Rutley said: “It was great to see so many local charities and groups taking part in another exciting Swimathon.

“I am grateful to Macclesfield Castle Rotary Club for once again organising this much-loved fixture in the local calendar, and to all those who participated and supported it.”

Macclesfield Rotary Club provides support to the community in a number of different ways, for example: by helping with road closures at community events like the Barnaby Festival, providing equipment to the local Men In Sheds group, and funding the installation of defibrillators in Macclesfield town centre.

Local residents interested in joining the club can contact Alec Johnston by email on [email protected].