Everything you need to know about Swimathon
It’s a UK-wide swimming challenge that’s been raising money for charity for the last 30 years. This year, it’s raising money for Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK.
Do I need to be a great swimmer?
Swimathon is for swimmers of all ages and abilities. If you can swim, you can take part!
There are different distances for you to choose from, including the new 400m challenge.
How far do I need to swim?
It’s up to you! You can choose to swim 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k as an individual or 1.5k or 5k as part of a team.
And don’t worry if you haven’t swum for a while. This year, Swimathon has launched the new 400m challenge, so you can still take part but swim a shorter distance.
When and where can I swim?
Swimathon takes place over the weekend of 27 to 29 April 2018 at more than 600 pools in towns and cities across the UK. When you register, you can choose when you’d like to swim and find a pool near you.
Or if you want to take part in Swimathon at a time that works for you, sign up instead for MySwimathon – it's the same challenge but you choose when and where you swim.
What if I can’t find a pool near me or take part during the Swimathon weekend?
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Grace is swimming to remember her dad
Gordon Johnson was a former Great Britain swimmer. His wife Sue and their youngest daughter Grace took part in Swimathon 2015 in his memory, and they’ll be doing it again this year.
Grace says: “Dad had always loved swimming. He took me to swimming lessons and taught me how to dive. It was something we did together."
With support from Marie Curie Nurses, Gordon died peacefully in his home, where he wanted to be, surrounded by his family.
Grace says: “The nurses looked after my dad and were friendly. They knew when the time had come and gave us space to say our goodbyes.
“After my dad passed away, they sorted everything and did not leave until we felt comfortable. I’ll never forget what they helped us through and we couldn’t have done it without them.”