The 25th annual Kirriemuir Splash relay swim event held on Saturday is well on course to raise over £10,000 for charity.
The major fund-raiser drew crowds of supporters who cheered the hundreds of sponsored swimmers from local schools, swimming clubs and the community whose funds raised totalled over £9,000 on the day – with more money still to come.
An amazing total of 44 commercial lane sponsors donated a record £3,100 this year – mostly Kirriemuir and Forfar firms with other generous rural donations and even one from Dundee.
An exciting and determined attempt by the modestly named ‘Tay Masters of the Universe’ won the coveted Splash Shield but did not quite break the outright distance record.
A Splash spokesman said: “A huge vote of thanks is due to all our sponsors, the ever-reliable Angus folk for both swimming in the event and giving so much of their hard-earned cash to support Splash yet again and as always, to Webster’s Pool staff for all their help and vital safety cover.
“Not least, our thanks to the eight volunteers of the Splash committee who once again worked hard to field this year’s successful event – and to Councillor Iain Gaul, Leader of Angus Council, who kindly devoted his time to present the various Splash trophies.”
Trophy Winners: Splash Trophy: ‘Tay Masters of the Universe’ – 124 lengths – Andy Reid, Clive Jollands, Lindsay Bedford, Stewart Maxwell, Alastair Caird John McKay, Vicky Taylor and Stewart Halliday.
Intermediate Shield (under 18): ‘Kirrie Kinetics’ (Kirriemuir Swimming Club) – 113 lengths – Mac Whyte, Becky Wilmshurst, Rohan Brown, Zoe Wilmshurst, Erin Brown, Ed Brown and Croy Langlands.
Junior Trophy (under 12): ‘Kirrie Krackers’ (Kirriemuir Swimming Club) – 92 lengths – Carla Main, Jessica Pendreich, Ella McKay, Abby Thomson, Morven Whyte, Natasha Phillips, Aimee Link and Rose Whitford.
Community Quaich: ‘Anthony’s Aquatics’ – 74 lengths – Tony Smith, Becky Wilmshurst, Ben Smith, Michael Smith, Samantha Morrison and Oliver Walley.
Junior Schools Trophy (Primary Schools): ‘Ocean Commotion’ Southmuir Primary – 67 lengths – Jessica Pendreich, Carla Main, Rachael McGregor, Morven Whyte, Caitlyn Connell, Katie Nicoll, Emma Hendry and Rebecca Howie.
Splash is organised by a committee of eight volunteers representing Kirriemuir St Andrew’s, St Anthony’s, St Mary’s and Glens and Old Parish Churches.
Visit our websites – www.forfardispatch.co.uk and www.kirriemuirherald.co.uk – to view a slideshow of the event.