School pals take on 24-hour pool marathon

Four friends take part in a 24 hour pool marathon for charity.  Pictured are Andrew Jackson, Paul Spinks, Gary Clunie and Paul Doughty.
Four friends take part in a 24 hour pool marathon for charity. Pictured are Andrew Jackson, Paul Spinks, Gary Clunie and Paul Doughty.

A group of old school friends cued up a scheme to raise cash for good causes by embarking on a 24-hour pool marathon.

Paul Doughty, who grew up in Garstang, Andrew Jackson, Paul Spinks and Gary Clunie won’t have seen much of the bank holiday sunshine.

That’s because they were busy indoors, raising thousands for charities close to their hearts.

The gang were pals – three years apart – at Kirkham Grammar School in the 1980s and hit the baize for a similar marathon in support of Band Aid.

Despite the gang now being more at home in the boardroom than a pool hall, they decided to recreate the feat in aid of Prostate Cancer, NSPCC and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The venue for the challenge was Andrew’s home in Thornton. Mr Doughty, 47, who now lives and works in Cheshire, explained.

“We all went to Kirkham Grammar together and we’re still in touch.

“We did something very similar back in 1985 in support of Band Aid.

“It seemed a really good idea to get back together and raise cash for three causes that mean a lot to us.

“Gary lost his father recently to prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s Research is a cause close to my own heart.”

Nowadays Paul Spinks and Gary Clunie are high flying company directors in London.

“There’s a lot of challenges,” said Mr Doughty. It hurts a lot for a start.

“Then you’re on your feet constantly. It’s a lot to go through.”

“It is physically exhausting and you’ve got the mental side of it as well.”