Super swimmers help smash 800km mark for celebrations

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ENTHSUIASTIC youngsters were a real splash hit as they helped to swim thousands of lengths for Kirkintilloch.

As part of the celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Kirkintilloch being made a Burgh of Barony, Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth Swimming Club joined with members of the public in an 800km swimming challenge.

From Monday, September 5, to Saturday, September 10, people swam their hearts out to complete a combined total of 32,000 lengths.

With just over 5,000 lengths left to complete on the Saturday, a big turnout ensured the total was smashed with 30 minutes to spare. Members of the public completed 1,500 lengths, while Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth swimmers completed a staggering 5,000 lengths.

A club spokesperson said: “A big thanks to everyone who contributed to the final total – each and every length was important.”

The honour of the last length was given to Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth swimmer Aimee Wassell, who at eight-years-old completed a massive 120 lengths on the Saturday.

Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth is a family-friendly, competitive swimming club based in the heart of the community and are always welcoming to new members.

If you are interested in joining you can visit to arrange a swimming skills trial.