Sign up for first Swimarathon

Swimmers are wanted for the first ever Swimarathon to be held in Stornoway next month in aid of the End Polio Now campaign and local organisations.

The Rotary Club of Stornoway are organising the event on Saturday February 22nd as part of a Rotary International project which will see teams aim for 1,000 lengths of the pool.

Swimarathons have been coordinated by Rotary International across the UK for many years to great success but this will be the first such event organised by the local club.

Iain Macaulay, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Stornoway said: “The purpose is to raise funds to help towards eradicating Polio, to encourage people to swim for health and fitness and to be part of the world’s biggest one day swimming event.”

Each club or organisation will book a time period and lane in the swimming pool between 5pm and 8pm on February 22nd and commit their members to swim as many lengths as they can in that time to go towards the 1,000 length goal.

Iain added that the event may even include a councillors’ team so there may be other groups out there keen to outshine the local members!

To register each team should fill in a Team Registration form and submit it with a booking fee of £20 – the full amount of this fee goes towards the End Polio Now campaign.

Teams will then be issued with sponsor forms and half of what is raised will be kept by the Club/organisation with the other half going to the End Polio Now campaign.

To register contact Iain Macaulay:

Iain Macaulay, Rotary Club of Stornoway, Calvay, 29 Newmarket, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0DZ; 01851 706968 or email

Rotary International has been actively working to eradicate polio since 1985 in partnership with health agencies which has brought the number of polio cases across the globe down by 99 per cent. In 2013 just three countries remained endemic with the polio virus – Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Polio is a crippling disease caused by the polio virus and one in 200 cases results in irreversible paralysis. Historically, polio has been the world’s greatest cause of disability.

Regular immunisation activities in the remaining polio endemic countries, supported by Rotary members from the UK and Ireland are having a positive impact, particularly in India where the last recorded new case was in January 2011 and this month could mean the country is declared officially polio free.