On Saturday 1 February, the 100 x 100m swimming relay Guinness World Records title was set after a mammoth effort by Lewis Coleman and the team of Great Britain swimmers that he pulled together to raise awareness and funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The new record now stands at 1 hour 29.03 thanks to Lewis and the 99 other swimmers who took part, including Speedo Ambassadors Michael Jamieson, Rebecca Adlington and Karen Pickering.
The event was attended by around 1,000 spectators who were on their feet cheering the team along as they smashed the previous World Record by 8 minutes.
Lewis was inspired to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research after his mother, Mags was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2012.
Speedo is proud to have supported Lewis in his quest to break the World Record, by providing all participants with caps, Fastskin LZR RACER 2’s and shirts.
Lewis said: “I am so happy we have managed to set the world record and raise the much needed funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research who have been such a support to my family. I would like to thank them, along with Speedo and everyone who attended today for all their support along the way.
“With all of the donations you have given, many people, from all walks of life, have been given another opportunity to live life to its fullest. I think that is the biggest gift that anyone can give.”
Lewis has currently raised over £19,000 thanks to his Swim4Leukaemia with donations via his JustGiving page.