Olympic gold medalist Duncan Goodhew sets Highbury swimathon on its way

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew made a splash when he kick-started a charity swimathon on Saturday morning.

He turned up at Highbury Pool and Fitness Centre in Highbury Crescent, Highbury, to blow the starting horn and set the swimmers on their way for the two-day event, which has raised �8,325 and counting for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sport Relief.

Seventy-seven plucky swimmers of all abilities and employing all manner of styles took part.

Glenn Branch, centre manager, said: “We were absolutely delighted to have had Duncan Goodhew attend. He complimented our team and signed photographs and chatted with swimmers. He is a fantastic ambassador for the sport of swimming.”

London 2012 Ambassador Mr Goodhew, who won 100metres breaststroke gold and 4x100metre medley relay bronze at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, said: “Swimathon started in London 25 years ago and hundreds of thousands of swimmers have taken part and raised over �34million for worthwhile charities.”

Donations can be made until June 29 at www.swimathon.org.