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Swimmers ‘smashed their targets’ at K2 Crawley’s Swimathon

The event which took place on Sunday (29 April) was a huge success and saw many swimmers beat their targets.

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Ivan Horsfall-Turner gets his medal from centre event orgaiser Dan Cooper

39 individuals took part in the 2018 Swimathon at K2 Crawley on Sunday (29 April).

At around 11am, 39 people completed the 2018 Swimathon at K2 Crawley, operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Crawley Borough Council – some as teams, some on their own, all for varying distanced between 400m and 5km.

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The centre site team was particularly excited as Freedom Leisure’s Managing Director Ivan Horsfall-Turner had chosen to swim the event in the centre’s 50m pool – with an additional element of challenging all 3000+ Freedom Leisure staff to a swim off!

He threw down the gauntlet, that any staff member entering the Swimathon (across any of their 40+ swimmining pools in the UK) who could beat his 5km swim time would be able to have them at their beck and call for a day at their own leisure centre!

At the time of writing times are still to be verified, with further events to take place.

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K2 Crawley entered a staff team into the team 5km distance, (requiring a total of 100 lengths of the pool to be swum) and they had two special additions to their team, Area Manager Daryl Keech was join by his son Dexter 6 and daughter Summer 4, who swam 6 lengths for the team between them!

Left to Right: Ben Fletcher, Brendon Murphy-Mitchell, Adam Jones, Jonathan Hodgson, Darryl Keech, Dan Cooper, Abbey Allenby, Daniel Cutler.

Area Manager Daryl Keech – with Son Dexter (6) after he swim 4 lengths for team K2

Swimmer of the day goes to eight year old Ethan Huntly who signed up to swim 400m but smashed his own target by swimming a whopping 1500 metres!

Ethan with mum Rachel Huntly who did the 5km distance

Another swimmer Charlotte Kingsbury swam her longest ever distance to date, training hard beforehand she had made it as far as 1200 meters, so was stoked to make the full 1.5k she’d signed up for! in 47mins25sec.

Charlotte swam her target 1.5km in 47 minutes and 25 seconds

Centre Manager, Jonathan Hodgson says:

“This is such a fun event, and the atmosphere is always really buzzing – plus we are raising money for good courses. This year the event at K2 Crawley held additional excitement for the team as our MD was swimming here, and he had challenged staff to a race – it was tempting not to try and slow him down, or add a few extra minutes to his time, but then we wanted to give him a sporting chance!

Freedom Leisure’s MD, Ivan Horsfall-Turner during his 5km swim

“Yet again this year we had swimmers of all ages, children to grandparents – some swimming as families and some solo, the youngest in the pool was 4 years old – she swum for the centre team and clocked up two lengths for us, we are so proud of her! Everyone who entered smashed their targets and some even did more! A massive thanks to all who took part!”

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From zero to marathon in a matter of months

What happened when people told K2 staff member Lauren she wouldn’t be able to run a marathon? You guessed it… she ran a marathon.

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Lauren’s motivation behind signing up to the marathon was to help raise money for the MS Society – a fantastic charity, and a great cause. Her ultimate goal was just to finish the 26.2 miles and, if possible, complete this in less than 6 hours.

Lauren admits she underestimated the challenge she had signed up for but the motivation she got from people saying she wouldn’t finish the race inspired her even more to succeed.

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She was completely new to fitness and had never trained at any level – she only started training 6 months before the marathon date, in November 2017!

Lauren said:

“My first training sessions were on the track doing intervals of 60 second running and 60 second walking, and eventually moving into small distance runs split between walking and running.

“Three months into my training, I started taking part in indoor cycling classes as these are low impact, which I found helped so much with my fitness. I continued to run but had ankle and calf injuries in January and February which set me back. After a few Osteopath sessions with Jonathan from David Such Osteopathy here at K2 Crawley, I stated to see improvements and was able to keep training.

“I also participated in a lot of staff classes and went out for runs with my friends and colleagues at freedom leisure, who operate K2 Crawley, who were also training for the Brighton Marathon (Sarah Roberts and Georgie Martin). Without the support of both of these girls, I don’t think I would have been able to complete this massive challenge.”

Moving into the last couple of months of training Lauren started upping the miles, doing 2 to 3 runs a week with the longest distance being 17 miles.

“When the day itself came around I still didn’t think I would finish the marathon. I was so scared and nervous but having the girls with me at the start really helped.

“For the first half of the race, I felt good, but when I got to around the 10 mile point I started feeling pain in my knee and it became more and more difficult. At around 16 miles I felt like I wouldn’t be able to finish. I’m lucky I had so much support from friends and family on the day which really encouraged me to keep going.

“The last 6 miles or so were horrible, and I would say the worst pain I’ve ever been in. Somehow I managed to find the strength to keep going, and when I got to mile 25 my uncle and dad ran the last mile with me and at this point I knew I would finish.

“I was in shock that I finished and was still in such pain I couldn’t take it all in. It wasn’t until the next day when I got all the messages from people congratulating me that my achievement started to sink in.

“I now feel healthier and better within myself. I’ve lost lots of weight and have gained confidence.

“I want to say a massive thank you to Georgie and Sarah for all their support and a huge well done for their amazing marathon times!  Also, to everyone who helped with my training including Owen Callaghan, K2 Crawley’s Fitness Manager, who took me out on runs around Tilgate Park. I couldn’t have done it without you, and all the staff at K2 have been so supportive and helpful. I must say a special thank you to everyone who donated. Between me, Sarah and Georgie we raised a whooping £1766.50 for the MS Society.”

Lauren managed to smash her target finishing the marathon in 5 hours 54 minutes! This was a huge achievement and something she should be super proud of.

K2 Crawley General Manager, Jon Hodgson said:

“We would like to all say a massive well done to Lauren, Georgie and Sarah for their fantastic achievement! It’s a great event to take part in, and they raised a lot of money for a great cause. All the staff at K2 Crawley are proud and have enjoyed taking part and helping them through their training throughout 2018 so far.”

To see how K2 Crawley, operated by freedom leisure on behalf of Crawley Borough Council, can help you on your own fitness journey, go straight to their website.

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