Swimathon 2018 – your big swimming challenge

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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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Register at Swimathon’s website  . It only takes a few minutes.

Sign up for MySwimathon   so you can decide where and when you do your Swimathon challenge. It’s a great way to be part of the Swimathon experience when and where you want. 

Get everyone involved by taking part in Swimathon with your family and friends.

Grace with her dad, Gordon

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."

“Dad didn’t want to stop doing anything – he even kept swimming because he wanted to do the same things. He never let cancer change how he was. He was the bravest person I have ever met.”

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.”

Read Grace's story