Soroptimist Swimathon

It doesn’t matter whether you are 8 or 80 and whether you swim fast or slow, do crawl or doggy-paddle, so long as you can rustle up a team of six, you can take part in this Swimathon.  It is one of the most successful fund raising events in the south west – since its inception in 1988 over £610,900 has been given directly to a variety of locally-based charities – see Swimathon Charities.

Here are some of the highlights from the 30th Swimathon in February 2018

Beth French, ocean swimmer, speaking at the opening ceremony with the Mayor, Hazel Prior-Sankey, Head of Taunton Prep School, Andrew Edwards, Sadie Ellison from St Margaret's Hospice, Terry Beale, our Referee, and Jeanette Keitch, a Soroptimist who helped get the Swimathon up and running 30 years ago.
Pauline and Sue at the Check-in Desk on Saturday morning
Just some of the trophies that teams are competing for!
Helen Wallace, Beth French, Victoria Rayson (Manager of the Pool) and Jane Fitzgerald
Lentells Teams 1, 2 and 3 after their mornign swim.  Together with Team 4 in the afternoon they all swam a total of 216 laps!
Claims Consortium Group - still lots of energy after 66 laps!
CREAM Ts swimmers from Cream Care
Archie's Friends from Around the World - Reminiscence Learning's Team with a Theme entry
MindinTWS - Stroke of Luck
North Town Primary School - Sprinters and Sharks
Taunton Mayor, Hazel Prior-Sankey, chats to the UR Swimmers
United Response Swimmers
Pardoes Paddlers
The IMM Family
Foodbank Flotsom Family Team
Taunton Foodbank Teams
Taunton School Pool Staff
St George's Primary School - the Dolphins
Swimmers enjoying their swim
Taunton Swimming Club - Comp 2 and ST3
The Gangsters from St Margaret's Hospice - Team with a Theme entry
Old Timers - Team of ex swimming club swimmers who were all in the National Squad
Six of the Best and The Willarts (all one family)
Beth French's Milverton Massive Team themed as a Rainbow
The Mayor congratulates teams and Soroptimists at the end of the event and announces the final total of amount pledged - £14,323
Members of SI Taunton with the Final Countdown! (L to R) Pauline, Jane, Rhona, Moira and Swimathon Co-ordinator Christine

Taunton School generously make their pool available each year for the two days of the Swimathon.  Every swimmer gets a medal, and there are a number of trophies to be won for teams raising the most sponsorship money or swimming the most lengths.

Swimathon co-ordinator, Christine Briggs says “Teams from all over the Taunton community take part in our Swimathon, including Law firms, Accountancy firms, the Hydrographic Office, Musgrove Park Hospital, St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, schools – and many, many more.  It is a real community event, and there is a great buzz.  Teams come back, year after year, and they always have a great time”.

Taunton School is the main sponsor of this event, together with valued support from Milsted Langdon, Alpha Trophies, Rockwell Printers, Timpson and Lentells Accountants.

Come and join in the Swimathon; it’s the most fun you could have on a cold weekend in February – and you can get a rosy glow by raising some money for local good causes.

For more information send an e-mail request to Swimathon Email