Dolphins contingent completes swimming challenge

The group of swimmers and a seperate photo of Abigail with Steve Parry. (s)
The group of swimmers and a seperate photo of Abigail with Steve Parry. (s)

A nine-strong group of parents whose children swim for Clitheroe Dolphins completed the Great Manchester Swim to raise money for the swimming club.

Some of those who took part had never swam in a wet suit before, but the group, which consisted of swimmers aged from 33 to 49, still managed to raise more than £700 for Clitheroe Dolphins.

The group of swimmers and a seperate photo of Abigail with Steve Parry. (s)

The group of swimmers and a seperate photo of Abigail with Steve Parry. (s)

Swimmers Lauren Wilson, Susan Aspin, Jo Best, John Birch, Stephen Cotton, Chris Cotton, Dave Proctor and Gary Bulloch all took part.

Seventeen-year-old Abigail Proctor, who also swims for Clitheroe Dolphins, also took part.

The group swam in the 10-30 am “wave” of around 150 people and were also joined by Olympic medallist Steve Parry. And despite the nerves the entire group completed the swim.

“We all came in, in the top half of the day’s 2500 swimmers which us ‘first time swimmers’ were really pleased with!” Lauren Wilson, the challenge’s organiser and one of the swimmers, said.

Meanwhile, the youngster of the group Abigail (17) not only finished seventh overall out of 2500 swimmers, but also finished in 00:22:49 minutes, only 28 seconds behind Steve Parry!

Explaining why she had organised the challenge, Lauren added: “I enjoy swimming and due to the amount of time I spend by a pool watching my daughters swim at Clitheroe Dolphins I decided to set myself the challenge of doing an open water swim.

“Even though some of them thought I had gone a bit mad from pool side chlorine overload, I managed to convince some other fellow Dolphin parents to join me!

“Some of the group had done open water swims before and some of us had never swum in a wet suit. We thought it would be a great idea to use this as a fundraising opportunity for the club.”

Clitheroe Dolphins is a friendly competitive swimming club based at Ribblesdale Pool in Clitheroe. The team is led by head coach Dean Sumner who is ably assisted by a team of volunteer coaches and helpers.

Lauren continued: “Alongside all of the coaches our children spend a lot of time at the pool and work so hard in both training and all of the galas they take part in. We decided that this would be a great way to show them how proud of the commitment to their sport we are.

“We chose the Great Manchester swim which is one mile long and a good event for both people taking part for the first time and also seasoned swimmers. We also chose this one so the children could come and cheer us on the whole way around the course.”

The group of swimmers and a separate photo of Abigail with Steve Parry. (s)