11:01AM, Monday 14 October 2013
History was made when the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, joined the hundreds of people who made a splash yesterday for the 17th annual Lions Club of Windsor Swimathon.
Taking part in the mayor's team, he clocked up about 20 laps at the event which took place at Windsor Leisure Centre in Stovell Road.
"It was really good. We really enjoyed it," said Cllr Jenner, who became the first mayor ever to swim in the event.
"It is for a worthy cause. It is sometimes much better to get involved if we can rather than applaud from the side lines.
"There was some banter between the teams and mucking around but that makes it all the more fun."
This year saw a record 56 teams take part in the swimathon.
They were made up of a variety of organisations including scout groups, schools, youth groups and charities.
Starting at 8am and carrying on until 6pm, teams swam for a total of 55 minutes, with individuals taking it in turns to complete two lengths each.
Lions Club of Windsor member Mike Sells said: "I think it has been an excellent event, I think it has been the best one yet."
"There was a great atmosphere all the way through and a lot of positive feedback from the teams."
More than £12,000 was raised on the day.
The swimmers who took part will be recognised in a ceremony at Windsor Guildhall on January 10.
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