Churchgoers in Bognor Regis have achieved ‘summit’ special.
They swam the same distance as climbing Mount Everest some 13 times to raise money for Shore Community Church’s new wellbeing cafe.
The 52 swimmers completed 4,410 lengths of the Arun Leisure Centre’s pool for a total of 110,250m, or 68.50 miles.
In comparision, Mount Everest is 8.848m high, or just under 5.5 miles.
Church press officer Simon Whitehead said: “The goal of this year’s swimathon was to raise funds for a new wellbeing cafe and refurbish some facilities and lounge.
“When open alongside the church, these will attract visitors participating in the many groups that are currently held each week.”
The swimathon was the third to be held by the church, also known as Bognor Regis Baptist Church. The previous two saw 44 and 36 miles completed.
The event was held on the past two Saturdays. The second session saw deputy town mayor, Cllr Steve Goodheart, visit the poolside and chat to some of the swimmers.
“Mr Goodheart made the comment he would like to visit the wellbeing cafe when it is open and meet the organisers soon,” said Simon.
“We would also like to extend this invite to the current town mayor, Phil Woodall.”
The final amount raised by the swim is yet to be known. More details about the refurbishment from: Julie Passmore, the church administrator, at: 01243 821891 or: email@example.com