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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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Crawley to host Snooker’s English Open

Crawley will welcome the best snooker players in the world later this year when the English Open comes to the town.

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Taking place at K2 Crawley from October 15th to 21st, it will be the first world ranking event ever staged in the West Sussex town.

The English Open is the first of the 2018/19 season’s Home Nations events, to be followed by tournaments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It brings together 128 of the world’s top stars, competing in a flat draw with all players needing to win seven matches to take the Steve Davis Trophy.

Ronnie O’Sullivan won the title last year in Barnsley by thrashing Kyren Wilson 9-2 in the final.

Once again there will be a £1 million bonus on offer to any player who can win all four Home Nations events over the 2018/19 season. The Home Nations series receives extensive live television coverage from Eurosport and Quest.

K2 Crawley staged the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open in 2015 and will now host the final stages of a tournament for the first time.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said:

“This is fantastic news for the people of Crawley and the surrounding area as they will have the chance to watch the best players on the planet live in action. Having staged qualifiers at K2 Crawley before we know it is an excellent venue and I hope to see the place packed out with fans.

“The English Open is the first tournament to be staged on UK soil next season and what a fantastic event it will be, with 128 top stars battling for glory. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s performance in the final last year was arguably the best of the 2017/18 season as he had a 98 per cent pot success rate. And Ronnie definitely had his eyes on the £1 million bonus until he lost in the third round of the Northern Ireland Open.

“We’re really looking forward to working with the team in Crawley on staging another top class event. It’s always a pleasure to bring a big tournament to a new location and once tickets are on sale they will be selling fast.”

Jonathon Hodgson Freedom Leisure Centre Manager says:

“We are delighted to be hosting this world class event at K2 Crawley where we pride ourselves on our quality facilities, and by hosting this prestigious competition we are not only putting the leisure centre on a worldwide stage but Crawley too.

“At Freedom Leisure our focus is on supporting increased participation in sport and for Crawley Borough Council an active Crawley is very important. High profile sporting events such as these serve to inspire people and leave lasting legacies. We hope that local families with older children will take the opportunity to spectate – as who knows Crawley may even have the next snooker world champion.”

Details of how to buy tickets will be released soon.

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