This weekend, over 20,000 people will be swimming at more than 600 pools across the UK to help raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.
The world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, which is taking place from Friday 29th - Sunday 31st March is hoping to raise an amazing £2.2 million for the two charity partners.
There are a variety of distances available so all ages and abilities can participate. There are individual challenges– 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k, 5k and the new Triple 5k. There are also 1.5k and 5k swims available as team challenges for family, friends or colleagues to take on.
Swimathon President, Duncan Goodhew said: “It has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop and mature into the great event it is today. Having started back in 1986, we surpassed the £50m milestone last year, which was a massive achievement, and we’re hoping to continue to raise more money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie this year.
Olympian and record-holder Mark Foster added: "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."
From everyone at Siwmathon, The Swimathon Foundation, Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK, we want to wish everyone taking part the best of luck - it's going to be a fantastic event!