Burnley swimmers take part in British Gas Great North Swim in Coniston

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Burnley Aquatics and Bobcats swimmers recently took part in the British Gas Great North Swim in Coniston.

In the half-mile wave, Sarah Nutter finished eighth out of 183 entries, and Jack Moodie came 13th overall and was the fourth boy back.

In the one-mile wave, Ben Nutter finished 16th out of 5,820 swimmers, beating dad Simon, who came in 212nd.

Abigail Pounder was seventh, and Marsha Banks 11th - superb results, especially as there were over 10,000 entrants in total.

The local swimmers also took part in the Capernwray Open Water Challenge.

In the 1,500m swim, Luke Pickles won, with Thomas Hamer third, chased by Erica Minozzi and Joseph Gillam.

Ella Sheridan finished as first female, despite this being her first open water swim, and Jack Moodie also swam in his first 1,000m swim, achieving first place.

This is all good preparation for Burnley swimmers Ben Nutter, Simon Nutter, Thomas Hamer, Joseph Gillam and Bobcats head coach Michael Robinson, who are swimming the English Channel in July to raise funds for the North West Ambulance Service and Burnley Bobcats.

A team of six Bobcats swimmers will travel to Dover on July 1st and attempt to swim across the English Channel.

On Sunday, July 10th, other squad members will aim to match the distance in the pool at St Peters. The swimmers will need to complete 1,408 lengths in the two hours available.

Swimmers have been busy seeking sponsorship for the event, which is to be split between the North West Air Ambulance and Bobcats.

The North West Air Ambulance service is very personal to the open water swimmers as the places they train are very remote with no road access, so in times of need the air ambulance may be required. However the running costs of this service, particularly in current economic times, is extremely expensive, so donations are always needed.

The second cause is Bobcats swim squad, as this year the squad has had to fund huge increases in pool fees, which the club have worked hard to raise without substantially increasing monthly subscriptions.

The event will have an official opening, a raffle, a quiz and barbeque afterwards.

Spectators are welcome on the day.

Anybody wishing to donate money or sponsorship are welcome to go along or visit the website www.burnleybobcats.org.uk