Sam, 9, completes his marathon fundraiser

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Nine-year-old Sam Grant spent the last four days of his half-term holiday from school swimming, running, cycling and playing pool to raise money to help replace a fire-hit social club.

Sam started off his sporting challenge by swimming 25 lengths at the pool at the Waendel Leisure Centre in Wellingborough on Thursday.

He then played seven hours of snooker at the Palace Snooker Club in Wellingborough on Friday and did a 10km cycle around Pitsford Reservoir on Saturday.

He completed the marathon challenge with a 3km run in Croyland Park in Wellingborough yesterday.

Sam did the fundraiser in aid of Whitworth Football Club’s new clubhouse fund. Arsonists targeted Whitworth Sports and Social Club, home to Wellingborough Whitworth FC, in London Road, Wellingborough, last October.

Several members of Sam’s family have played football and cricket for Whitworth’s over the years and his grandfather is on the committee.

Sam’s mother Julie said: “He did really well with his swim, he was very steady and took his time. He has never really done that many lengths before and he did 25, he did very well.

“A few friends came and supported him, a few of his friends swam with him.

“He was very pleased with himself and everyone gave him a good clap at the end. They were really good at the centre, they were watching him and taking photos. He was very chuffed.

“The Palace have been good, they let Sam have the table for free.”

Sam’s efforts have already raised about £600 to go towards the clubhouse appeal.

Julie said: “We have had such a lovely response from people. People were stopping Sam’s grandparents in town and giving them money for him. Everyone has been so good about it and have all donated lots of money.

“This has all been Sam’s own idea. We have pushed him in the right direction but it’s all been his idea, he chose the activities.”