65-year-old Len completes his 25th consecutive swimathon for Sport Relief

Len Phoenix has just organised his 25th swim author at Stradbroke pool. Len Phoenix has just organised his 25th swim author at Stradbroke pool.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
7:07 PM

A 65-year-old completed his 25th consecutive 5km swimathon in a row to help raise money for Sport Relief.

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Dedicated swimmer Len Phoenix has completed the challenge for the past quarter of a century but suffered a potential setback when he was diagnosed with an uneven heartbeat.

However after help from a consultant and the British Heart Foundation, he continues to swim regularly at Stradbroke Pool - and beat his target time of 1h 25mins last week to match the time he set in 1995.

However a modest Mr Phoenix - a swimming instructor who has competed at local, regional and national levels, as well as international level as a veteran - said the swimathon represented a series of individual achievements, rather than just one.

He also highlighted the efforts organiser Maria Smith - who completed her 18th swimathon - and nine-year-old Arlo Foster, who set a target of completing 1.5km.

“5,000 metres later, Arlo amazed everyone with his extended accomplishment,” said Mr Phoenix.

In total 111 swimmers took part in the event over a series of sessions held at the pool last week.

Ex-Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew even came down to offer them some encouragement.

“Everyone was knocked backwards by his quite incredible character,” said Mr Phoenix. “He is inspiring and a huge enthusiast.

“For a rural community, Stradbroke’s fund-raising is fantastic and always in the thousands. No doubt this year we will be sending Sport Relief a big pot of money.”

Are you doing something for charity in South Norfolk? Tell EDP reporter Andrew Papworth by calling 01379 651153 or email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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