Stradbroke soars to top five in UK in charity Swimathon

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Stradbroke Swim and Fitness Centre says it has become a ‘mega microdot’ once again after ranking among the top pools in the country in the 2016 charity Swimathon.

A total of 170 swimmers represented the Wilby Road facility over the weekend, as it placed first regionally and fourth nationally in the event, which this year is for Sport Relief.

We are at the top yet again. We are fourth out of 622 pools, which is just amazing

Tom Malina

This comes after a second place finish in the UK last year, where the centre also raised £10,035 for Marie Curie.

Len Phoenix, instructor and organiser at Stradbroke Swim Centre, told the Diss Express: “We are at the top yet again. We are fourth out of 622 pools, which is just amazing.

“It’s a great centre with a great atmosphere. The energy behind it from everybody is absolutely fantastic.

“It’s just phenomenal that this place has had national acclaim again. Swimathon think we are awesome.”

Mr Phoenix praised fellow organiser Maria Smith, who was taking part in her 20th successive Swimathon and also covered 10,000m in the pool in two hours, 59 minutes.

The site’s fastest female swimmer was Clare Raffety, who conquered 5,000m in one hour, 11 minutes, while the quickest male swimmer, Mark Nowell, hit the same distance in one hour, 14 minutes.

Special acknowledgement was also given to six-year-old Ella Townsend, who achieved 4,000m, plus the beginner and intermediate swimming groups who completed 1.25km and 2.5km challenges.