Sitting in the public viewing gallery overlooking the Nuffield swimming pool to watch Clare’s marathon effort to cover an amazing 160 lengths in just 1 hour, 30 minutes proved to be a mesmerising experience. She moved through the water with such grace and ease that it looked completely effortless. On the opposite side of the pool a friend, Kath Brown, kept a tally of each length she completed.

For several weeks Clare had been building up the number of lengths she could cover until she was close to the magic number of 160. Her purpose was to help with funding for the Parish Mission in September. So far she has succeeded in raising over £800, but that’s only a provisional figure as the final total will be at least £1,000 – up-date to follow. In the meantime, many congratulations to Clare.