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SWIMMERS who collectively swam 62 miles at a leisure centre have raised almost £5,000 for charity.

Forty-three swimmers took part in a swimathon weekend at Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester and raised a total of £4,928.85.

The money will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sport Relief.

Swimmers completed various distances ranging from the 48 lengths to 150 lengths.

In total, £2.3m was raised by swimmers across the country for Swimathon Weekend 2012, which is the world’s largest fundraising swim.

Westgate Leisure Centre was one of more than 645 pools that took part.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, who oversees leisure facilities in the Chichester area, said: ‘Well done to everyone who took part.

‘The event brought out a fantastic community spirit at the pool.’

Duncan Goodhew, Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon president, added: ‘Each year, dedicated swimmers of all ages and abilities put in hours of training to raise money for a cause close to their hearts and this year’s event is no exception. The funds raised are a testament to the commitment and perseverance of each and every swimmer.’

It is hoped to run the Swimathon event at Westgate next year.