Sometimes an event comes along that just entirely captivates. In the case of the Swim4Leukaemia charity relay back in 2014, there was an added personal dimension and the sense of a higher purpose that also added additional meaning. So while it delivered on a purely swimming level with a world record for a 100x100m relay, it also delivered emotionally.Watch →
It’s World Cancer Day and just over a year since the Swim4Leukamia world record breaking relay. A perfect time to relive the last leg, complete with over-excited commentary.
On 1st February 2014, a team of 100 swimmers attempted a world record relay to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Photographer Simon Wright was there to record the event from above and below the water
As he stood on the block in the cauldron of noise that was Ponds Forge, the 100th and final swimmer of the Swim4Leukaemia relay, one gesture from Lewis Coleman changed the mood almost instantly. Until that point there had been almost a carnival atmosphere inside the pool hall as the hundreds of spectators cheered the team of swimmers towards a Guinness World Record for the 100 x 100m freestyle relay.
It was an amazing day at Ponds Forge in Sheffield as 100 of the country’s finest swimmers took to the water in an attempt to set a world Record for the 100 x 100m freestyle relay in order to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. The podcast was there to tell the story as it happened.