Report from AWARDS EVENING 2016

100% of the funds raised by swimmer sponsors was distributed! All event costs were met by our business and private event sponsors, to whom we are extremely grateful. Rotary Market Harborough members are all volunteers, neither the members or the organisation takes anything from the funds raised.

There were also prizes awarded to swimmers and individuals who had contributed to the success of the event. These were:

The Barbara and Tom Walker Award for outstanding achievement (2016)

This award, given in honour of former Rotarian the late Tom Walker, and his widow Barbara who is a regular, generous business sponsor of the SwiMarathon, is given to the person who has the most impact on the success of the SwiMarathon.

For 2016, the award was given to the team of Ladies of Great Bowden, represented by Jenny Parr and Sue Woollard. They have swum in every one of the six SwiMarathons held and have encouraged their grandchildren to swim with them, too. This year they also won the Prize For Raising The Most Amount Of Sponsorship Money: £395 (which could rise to nearly £500 with Gift Aid) by 5 swimmers in the team. They have been the team raising most money three times before. Their contribution to the success of the SwiMarathon as an event has been huge.

Most Teams Entered: Hazel Stephens, teacher at Market Harborough Church of England Primary School with a total of 9 teams of pupils parents and staff.

The team with the most imaginative name: Can't Rememberers (Little Bowden Primary School)

The team who swam the most lengths: The Hydromasters from Market Harborough Swimming Club who swam 179 lengths.

2016 Star Swimmer: Sarah Keete who swam for the St Di's Daring Dolphins

2016 Star Junior Swimmer Isabella Andrews who swam for the Starfish team of MH C of E School.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Andrew Granger & Co

Angel Hotel

Brooke House College

Duncan Murray Wines

ET Peirson

e.surv Chartered Surveyors

Harborough FM Radio

Harborough Leisure Centre

Harborough Mail

Jet Pumps UK Ltd

Lewingtons Heating Engineers

Mayday Independent Financial Services

Mistry’s Pharmacy

Parr Automotive

PJD - Design and Print

J Stamp & Sons - Funeral Directors

Stephen Sanderson Transport Ltd

The Old Bank - Turkish Cuisine

Tim Thornton Jewellers

Walker Forestry Conservation

Wartnaby - Hefford Solicitors

Awards were

 given to:

1st Bowden Scout Group

Saturday Friendship Group

Speak Out Magazine (Harborough District & Young People’s Charity)

Home Start

The ME / CFS & FM Group (Market Harborough)

The Bower House Christian Counselling service

St John Ambulance

Harborough Against Bullying

Inclusive Youth

T.S. Fernie Market Harborough Sea Cadets

1st Little Brownie Unit

Market Harborough Rugby Club

Lubenham Cricket Club

Market Harborough Disabled Swimming Club

Harborough FM Radio

Market Harborough Community Vehicle PATH

Tea @ Three

Market Harborough Welcome Club

Market Harborough in Bloom Volunteers

Little Bowden Primary School

Harborough Town Football Club Raptors U10

Market Harborough Street Pastors


£7,240 given to local causes from Rotary SwiMarathon 2016 Funds

The Rotary Club of Market Harborough made awards of grants to 23 local organisations, totalling £7,240. The money was raised from the SwiMarathon event held in March at Harborough Leisure Centre.  Swimmers were sponsored and many local businesses also sponsored the event. The awards were presented at a special Rotary meeting, to which the business sponsors were also invited.

Each grant recipient had the opportunity to talk for 2 minutes about their organisation and how the money in the grant would be spent. One of the benefits of the whole event was how much everybody there learned about other good causes in Market Harborough, as well as about Rotary and the SwiMarathon. It was wonderful to hear how many people volunteer in so many various and busy ways in and around Harborough.

This is the sixth year the Rotary Club of Market Harborough has been able to give away money to local worthy organisations.

The 2016 SwiMarathon involved 39 swimming teams from local businesses, schools and clubs, plus some Rotarians and their families and friends.  Each team swam in one lane of the pool for one hour. The event spread over 2 days and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part! A total distance of about 100km was swum.

The grants were advertised on HFM and in the Harborough Mail and Leicester Mercury. Applications for amounts up to £500 were invited.  The grants were decided by a panel of independent judges and ranged from £100 to £500.

Thanks to Andrew Carpenter and  Harborough Mail for this photo of the Awards Evening crowd, in the foreground President Les Dodd holding the Tom Walker Shield and flanked by members of the SwiMarathon Committee 2016

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President for SwiMarathon 2016

Les Dodd