Swimathon takes place next week, from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are being called to take part in the world’s biggest annual swimming fundraising event in a pool in Bridgwater, Trinity Sports and Leisure.
Team GB swimming hero Mark Foster is encouraging people in the town to sign up to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.
Foster, the former World, European and Commonwealth champion, who set 8 world records during a glittering career, is supporting the campaign, and he said,
“Swimming is fantastic for your health and wellbeing as it helps to keep fit. As you train, you build stamina and speed, and as it’s a low impact sport, the chances of injury are low while also good for recovery if you’re coming back from injury.
“I’m very proud to be supporting Swimathon 2019 and I hope everyone looking to set themselves a challenge signs up. Whether you’re just learning or are an experienced swimmer already, there’s a challenge for you.”
Marie Curie’s Fundraiser for Somerset, Riona Houghton said,
“Make waves at your local pool for Swimathon 2019. Join the biggest fundraising swim, and raise money while keeping fit. There are different challenges for all abilities and it’s easy to sign up online.”
Designed intentionally so people of all swimming abilities can participate, there are a variety of distances available as individual challenges – 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k, 5k – while the 1.5k and 5k distances are also available as team challenges for family, friends or colleagues to take on.
New to 2019 is the Triple 5k challenge, which is specifically designed to test experienced swimmers, challenging them to swim 5k, three times. Swimmers can choose the sessions and venues where they take on the three-part challenge.
Last year, Swimathon raised £2.1million, and is aiming to raise further vital funds this time around. Since Swimathon started 33 years ago, over 700,000 swimmers have dived into OVER 1,000 different pools across the UK, raising more than £50million for different charities.
For the past six years, Swimathon has been partnered by Zoggs, whose goggles, swimsuits, learning aids and training accessories have helped millions of swimmers across the world learn to love swimming.