01:08AM, Monday 09 January 2012
Swimmers had a splash-tastic time as they raised vital funds at the 27th annual Swimarathon on Saturday.
The event organised by the Lions Club of Maidenhead attracted 102 teams containing more than 700 swimmers to the Magnet Leisure Centre in Holmanleaze.
Teams of about eight, featuring swimmers of all ages, were encouraged to take on as many 50m laps as possible within the 55-minute relay sessions.
Organisers are hoping to hit £30,000 this year as they collect money which will be shared equally between teams' nominated causes and the Lions Club of Maidenhead Charitable Trust Fund.
Ed Filmore, in his 10th year of organising the event, said: "The event not only raises substantial sponsorship which benefits so many causes but it also brings the community together in a great fun day."
Theresa May MP popped in to chat to swimmers, while Royal Borough mayor Cllr Asghar Majeed signalled the start of the 10am session which included a Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead team.
Cllr Majeed said: "This is a good day which raises a lot of money and does a lot of good work for the community. I was going to get in myself but sadly my chains aren't waterproof!"
Click below to watch a video with highlights from the Swimarathon.
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