PUPILS took the plunge for a swimathon held at Cottesmore School in Pease Pottage.
Intrepid members of Cottesmore Pre-Prep took on the might of eleven other schools, many from as far away as London, in trying to swim as many lengths as possible of the school pool in fifteen minutes.
The two teams from Cottesmore were equally strong and gave their all, each swimmer completing four or five 20 metre lengths, achieving 30 or 36 length totals for their respective teams.
Also taking part were twenty senior pupils who acted as guides and team ‘shepherds’, encouraging and supporting their guests throughout the afternoon.
The team from The Unicorn School, Richmond surpassed everyone with an amazing total of 47 lengths. They were presented with the shield for the greatest number of lengths by Cottesmore headmaster Tom Rogerson and a representative of Chailey Heritage School at a gathering in the hall after a picnic tea.
Teams went on to compete in a ‘scooterthon’, held on the hard courts and to enjoy a guided tour of the school with fourth, fifth and sixth form guides.
Youngsters now have to collect their sponsorship money to ensure the charity at the heart of the event, Chailey Heritage School, is rewarded with a sizable donation.