Richmondshire swimming club members take on 8:5:3 challenge

Swimming club Richmond Dales ASC have raised more than £6,800 for new equipment with a challenge with the theme of 8:5:3 — the number of letters in each word of its name.

Officials say the lockdown has had serious financial implications for the club with pool training being suspended.

However, members stepped up to the mark by accepting the 8:5:3 challenge and raising sponsorship money.

The only rule was that they needed to include all three numbers in the challenge.

For example, Megan Tait, a year 8 student at Richmond School, chose to do an 8km bike ride, a 5km run and a 3km row, five times a week for three

Keith Hall, club development officer and coach, said: “We are extremely proud of all of our athletes who have remained active and committed throughout this really difficult period.

“The individual challenges were extremely imaginative and helped to keep the swimmers fit and focused.

“The funds raised so far really did exceed our expectations but we still have a way to go to fully fund what we need. We would like to thank all of our swimmers, coaches, parents and supporters.”

During the lockdown, the club has been sharing virtual training sessions, peer to peer mentoring, diet tips and inspirational talks from competitive athletes.

Members are now celebrating, however, as swimming pools opened to the public this weekend and they can return to their regular training, albeit with strict safety control measures in place.

Richmond Dales ASC train at Catterick and Richmond swimming pools.

Swimmers from seven-years-old are welcomed into their youth, fitness, elite, masters and para swimming squads.

The club also have close links with GB Down Syndrome Swimming and reached out to this squad to provide mentoring support during the lockdown period.

For more details on the fundraising appeal and to donate, click here.