People in Rutland swim regularly according to data

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People in Rutland came first in the East Midlands in a league table of regular swimmers published by Diabetes UK.

The results, based on Sport England data and released ahead of the charity’s Swim22 challenge event, showed that more than nine per cent of adults in Rutland swim at least once a week.

That puts Rutland in first position in the East Midlands and in fourth position out of 137 in England.

Across England, Oxford took the top spot with 13.5 per cent of people saying they swim once a week or more. Lambeth in London came in second while North Devon was in third place. Exeter came last, with 3.91 per cent of people saying they swim weekly.

The data was released to encourage people to get in the pool for Swim22, which gives swimmers three months to swim 22 miles in their local pool, either by themselves or by splitting the distance with teammates. Sign up for Swim 22