THERE WERE awards aplenty last week as prizes were handed out for January's Swimarathon in Maidenhead.

Maidenhead Lions hosted the 32nd annual Swimarathon at the Magnet Leisure Centre, in Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, and on Friday awards were presented to the winners and fundraisers at Cox Green Community Centre in Highfield Lane.

Paralympic swimming gold medallist Jeanette Chippington MBE handed out the prizes with the assistance of Sayonara Luxton, mayor of the Royal Borough.

The event is aimed at giving participants the chance to burn off Christmas calories while raising money for the Lions Club of Maidenhead Charitable Trust.

Half of the money raised is donated to a good cause of the swimmer's choice.

A record amount was raised as 35 groups from schools, churches, clubs, charities, companies and individuals, took part with over 800 swimmers of all ages & abilities.

In total, 98 teams competed on the day and together they collected money from nearly 3,000 individual sponsors.

Total sponsorship this year reached a total of over £33,000 - more than any previous year.

Event organiser Brenda Butler said: “Funds raised, which now exceeds £558,000 in total over 32 years, benefits many causes in the local community but the event also brings the Maidenhead community together in a great fun day, enjoyed equally by organisers and participants.

"Its success is demonstrated by the fact that 70 per cent of team places were booked for the 2018 event in just a week after the 2017 event.”

Entry forms are available for the 33rd Swimarathon planned for January 6, 2018. Contact swimarathon@maidenheadlions.org.uk for more information.