Charlotte’s sister-in-law Maria died in November 2012 having been cared for by Marie Curie. A keen swimmer, Charlotte was inspired to try open-water swimming, including an Ice Swimming Challenge to raise money in Maria’s memory. This is Charlotte’s story.
Swimming has led me on a number of adventures and many new experiences, over the past four years, however I had never anticipated that it would see me walking through London, at half past six on a Sunday morning. One thing I don’t do, is mornings! There also one another thing, I don’t do, but have wanted to try since I started my swimming journey in 2015, is open water swimming, aside from swimming in the sea, on holidays abroad. Only recently, I celebrated my birthday, by jumping off the back of boat, into the sea, in Cyprus. The Blue Lagoon to be precise! However, abroad, the sea is warmer and you can see what is below you.
Growing up, Nikki – a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands – swam regularly at her local swimming club. After falling out of the habit at university, she started swimming regularly again in her 30s. In 2017, after a few years back in the pool, Nikki wanted to set herself a challenge and decided to sign up for her first open water swim - 1,500 metres, which she loved. Having discovered a new passion, she hasn’t looked back since.
Meet our first ever Open Water Swimathon Ambassadors and find out why they wanted to get involved in this year’s event! We’ll be following their swimming and fundraising journey right up until event day and beyond.
Swimathon president and Olympic god medallist, Duncan Goodhew went to visit Jessie Younghusband school in Chichester a few weeks ago to thank them for being such incredible supporters of School Swimathon 2019. Here, Duncan led a fun swimming session followed by an inspirational assembly and a Q&A session.
Here at Open Water Swimathon, we are super excited to announce the launch of our Open Water Swimathon Summer Competition! This incredible opportunity will give all our swimmers the chance to win some amazing prizes courtesy of our partners.
Open Water Swimathon is back for a third year in 2019 and will be taking place on Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 September at a number of venues across the UK. Start your open water journey today with Open Water Swimathon 2019!
The 32nd annual Swimathon, the world’s biggest fundraising swim, raised £1.8m for charity following Swimathon’s event weekend, with money still coming in
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.
Meet one of our Swimathon Ambassadors - Sam Perrott, and read about how her training is going for this year's Swimathon!