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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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K2 Crawley open day a huge success with thousands attending

I’m a celebrity star Fleur East was on hand to welcome the local community to the free family open day at the K2 Crawley.

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The singer and songwriter took part in a question and answer session before meeting and greeting her fans on site. She took part in gym challenges before drawing the raffle for one lucky Crawley resident.

“It was really nice to meet everybody that came down to K2 Crawley,” East said. “I want to thank everyone for coming and hope they all had a great day.”

Over 7,000 people came through the doors at the K2 Crawley to experience the fantastic facilities on offer including swimming and diving lessons, soft play, badminton and fencing.

European Champion Eden Cheng helped coach children in the diving lessons before showcasing her world leading skills from the 5m board.

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I can be inspirational to others,” Cheng said. “Thank you to the students, parents and staff for making me feel so welcome.”

Darryl Keech, Everyone Active contract manager, said: “It was a fantastic event and I was pleased to see so many people come to the K2 Crawley on Saturday.

“Fleur [East] and Eden [Cheng] were great and it was great to see so many of their fans come to see them.

“I hope that the local community enjoyed using the facilities and found a new activity they enjoy doing.”

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