Swimming milestone for Barkingside man

A Barkingside man completed his 25th consecutive Swimathon on Mondayand admitted it might be his last.

Chairman of Redbridge Swimmers John Sharrock has taken part since the event was launched in 1986 and this year he swam the 5000m distance in just under three hours.

Mr Sharrock, 75, of Freemantle Road, Barkingside said: “When you get to my age it doesn’t get any easier and every year I say it is my last.

“It was hard work but it’s a challenge I like to do to keep myself fit.”

This year the nationwide Swimathon is supporting charity Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Mr Sharrock had led a campaign to reintroduce a swimming pool in Seven Kings since one was closed in 2008.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter