Swimathon 2012 – the world’s biggest fundraising swimming event – hits 650 pools across the UK between Friday 27th and Sunday 29th April. In its 25th year, the event has joined forces with Marie Curie Cancer Care, the BBC’s and British Swimming’s Big Splash, and Sport Relief to give thousands of swimmers the opportunity to raise vital funds through Swimathon’s traditional distance challenges and the new ‘Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief’.
Swimathon Weekend participants swimming for Marie Curie Cancer Care can choose from the 5k, 2.5k or Team 5k challenges and those opting to raise money for the ‘Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief’ can take part individually or as part of a team to complete the mile.
Swimathon President Duncan Goodhew said, “We all know that 2012 will be a very special year for sport in Britain. In our 25th Anniversary year, we’d love to add to the 500,000 people who have used the event down the years to dive into pools up and down the country. Teaming up with the Big Splash is a not only a great way to help make this happen, but should also boost the total funds raised for both Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sport Relief.”
The 500,000 swimmers have swum the equivalent of more than 24 times round the world, raising £34 million for charity in the process.
Sign up for a Swimathon Weekend session at your nearest participating pool between 3rd January and 31st January 2012 and you’ll enjoy half price entry. Swimmer entry is open until 26 April. Either go online to www.swimathon.org, www.bigsplash.co.uk or www.bbc.co.uk/bigsplash or call 0845 36 700 36.
Swimming Pools taking part in the Swimathon in this area include: Deben Swimming Pool, Felixstowe Leisure Centre, Leiston Leisure Centre and Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre.