A GROUP of intrepid King’s Ely students swam the equivalent of the length of the Channel Tunnel on October 13th.

A total of 27 pupils made the splash (in their year group safety bubbles of course) and swam 50 kilometres in 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The event was in aid of the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and a total of £622 was raised!

Isobel Smyth and Polly Berraondo, who organised and led the charity swim, said: “We set up the pool with year group safety bubble lanes and with music and vocal support from coaches, the students set off for France at 2:05pm. After a frenetic 45 minutes, we had reached France and our total of 1,333 lengths! With another hour of the session remaining, we decided to race for home, pitting a strong Year 9 contingent against swimmers in Years 11-13.

“A total of 50 kilometres was swum in 1 hour and 20 minutes, with Year 9’s making up a large proportion of the swim. A great effort by all and a fantastic afternoon in the pool – well done to all swimmers. Thank you also to Mr Kittoe, Mr Newman and Mr Jackson for their help and to everyone who came along to support us.”

Well done to everyone who took part (yes the school pool is heated!)

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