Half-term fundraising challenge raises whopping £6,318 for new state-of-the-art starting blocks
From 23rd May to 28th May GAW swimmers and coaches accepted the challenge to collectively walk, run or cycle the distance from Gateshead Leisure Centre to Budapest, a total of 1,167 miles.
Our athletes surpassed themselves and smashed that original total forcing the challenge to include miles back again too, and they didn’t stop there with the final total being the equivalent distance of:
- GLC to Budapest and back again
- GLC to London Aquatics Centre and back again
- GLC to Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow
- GLC to Ponds Forge International Swimming Centre, Sheffield
- Circular tour of Gateshead pools X3
A huge total of 3,316 miles!
Our top traveller with an astounding 181.8 miles travelled was Max Murray from Performance Group 1.
Top traveller in each squad:
Academy 1: Alexander Watson
Academy 2: Winnie Renwick and Charlie Shaw
Competitive Development: Isla Murray
Potential Group 1: Matthew Stovold
Potential Group 2: Lewis Richardson
Performance Group 1: Max Murray
Performance Group 2: Hannah Brown
Masters: Martin Connelly
Coaches: Ross Bradley
There were some outstanding totals but the joint fundraising champions, raising over £400 each were Winnie Renwick from Academy 2 and Conan and Millie Swinney from Performance Group 1 and Academy 2.
We have been overwhelmed by everyone who got involved in the challenge and by how much has been raised. Thank you very much!
Thanks also for sending great photos and videos of swimmers enjoying the challenge – watch the final video here.
The club would also like to extend its huge appreciation to Nicola McPherson who may think twice about sharing the fact she ‘has an idea’ in the future! She has done an amazing job, keeping everyone motivated and interested – thank you Nicola!