Coach Dave swims round the clock to raise cash for Long Eaton SC

Long Eaton Swimming Club's Dave Akers (front centre) is pictured with fellow club members after his swim.
Long Eaton Swimming Club's Dave Akers (front centre) is pictured with fellow club members after his swim.
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A SWIMMING coach has taken part in a 24-hour challenge to raise funds for Long Eaton SC.

Dave Akers, who coaches the Masters squad, spent Easter Sunday in the water at West Park Leisure Centre.

Having taken over as coach of the Masters 14 months ago, the squad has since gone from strength to strength and now holds individual and team British and European records.

In order to take their profile to the next level they are looking to take a squad to the World Masters Championships in Riccione, Italy, in June. Previously only one or two swimmers from the club have attended such championships as Masters swimming is entirely self-funded in Great Britain.

In order to ease the pain of the costs and ;take one for the team’, Dave hit upon the idea of a 24-hour swim to raise some funds.

He approached contacts including current international swimmers, local firms and swimmers in his squad to assemble an impressive array of prizes, and then ran a competition for people to guess the number of lengths he would swim in the period.

He also got the support of Erewash Borough Council, who agreed to the use of West Park Leisure Centre for the venture.

During the swim he was joined by many of his current swimmers and numerous others he has encountered in his 20-year association with the club, who assisted both in the water and from the sidelines.

By 7.30am on Easter Monday, Dave had swum a grand total of 1,640 lengths, equating to 41 kilometres with 12 ‘comfort breaks’.

He said: “I massively underestimated this task; my legs are fine, but my shoulders, arms and neck are sore, but it is only pain!

“I want to thank everyone involved in the venture and for all the support I received.”

Initial totting up gives a total raised close to £2,000, with monies still being collected

Donations can be made at www.lescmasters.co.uk/24hours.