Comet Crawlers plunge into action for charity swim in Letchworth

Oliver Pritchard shows armbands can be stylish as well as safe.

Oliver Pritchard shows armbands can be stylish as well as safe. - Credit: Archant

Our eager team of reporters at the Comet will be donning their goggles and Speedo finery to take part in a charity swimming race next Saturday, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Oliver Pritchard, Rebecca Day and Mark Hemmings

Oliver Pritchard, Rebecca Day and Mark Hemmings - Credit: Archant

The ‘Comet Crawlers’ – made up of Oliver Pritchard, Rebecca Day and Mark Hemmings – will be tackling the Macmillan Lido Challenge at Letchworth Outdoor Pool.

The relay team will be swimming 40 lengths between them, and be joined on the day by Clare Barter, from Bragbury End in Stevenage, who has a very personal reason for taking part.

Rebecca Day, Mark Hemmings and Oliver Pritchard

Rebecca Day, Mark Hemmings and Oliver Pritchard - Credit: Archant

Last year her sister Marianne was diagnosed with cervical cancer and then given the all clear this February, so Clare wants to give something back for the cause that supported them throughout.

Clare said: “I was so grateful to use such an amazing, charity-run helpline that I felt I should do something to help fund it.

Oliver Pritchard, Rebecca Day and Mark Hemmings have floating spirit.

Oliver Pritchard, Rebecca Day and Mark Hemmings have floating spirit. - Credit: Archant


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“The Macmillan Letchworth lido swim popped up as a suggestion on my Facebook page, and it seemed like the perfect challenge.

“I have been motivated by the courage, strength and resilience of my sister during and after her traumatic diagnosis and treatment.

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“Swimming 2km will be a breeze in comparison.”

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