Frequently Asked Questions

K Miles Lengths (25m pool)
5 3.1 200
2.5 1.6 100
1.5 0.9  60

Click here to view the Swimathon rules.

It is very important to train before taking part in any sporting event. Visit the training page for training tips from Duncan Goodhew, 10 Week Training Plans and 5 Week Training Plans.

Swimathon 2016 will be held in over 600 pools across the UK over the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games weekend: Friday 18th March to Sunday 20th March 2016.

Swimathon 2016 is designed to suit all levels of fitness, ability and age…

Individual distances:

  • 1.5k. A great challenge for novice swimmers or those who prefer to push their speed on shorter distances. If you fancy working your way up to 60 lengths of a 25m pool, whilst raising some serious fundraising cash, then this is for you.
  • 2.5k. If you’re looking to go to great lengths to get sponsored, then 100 lengths of a 25m pool is for you. So jump in and make some proper fundraising waves.
  • 5k. This is the ultimate Swimathon challenge. It takes dedication, commitment and a good training programme to complete 5K. And, because 200 lengths of a 25m pool will leave everyone, including you, breathless, your efforts will be rewarded with lots of sponsorship. 
  • Individual SimplySwim. Whether it’s one of our set distances, a few lengths, the 33kms of the English Channel, or somewhere in-between, SimplySwim lets you decide. Just pick a distance, time and venue that suit you best to get involved with Swimathon and raise money.

Team distances:

  • 1.5k. Take on 60 lengths of a 25m pool in a relay with your friends, family or colleagues. Tell everyone you know and then watch your sponsorship total come along swimmingly.
  • 5k. Round up your water-loving friends and take on 200 lengths of a 25m pool together. Then lap up the sponsorship money and the glory.
  • Team SimplySwm. Form your own SimplySwim squad, choose your distance and raise that sponsorship cash. Flipping brilliant!
Here's a rough guide to help when entering your Swimathon speed...

Distance
Slow
Medium
Fast
1.5k
1.5hrs+ 1hr sub 30mins
2.5k
2hrs+ 1.5hrs

sub 1hr

5k
2.5hrs+ 2hrs sub 1.5hrs



All swimmers will receive a medal for completing their challenge. Those taking part in an organised Swimathon session will receive their medal immediately after their swim. Those taking part in SimplySwim will be sent a medal via post.

Swimathon welcomes all ages and abilities.* It doesn’t matter if you can swim one length or two hundred, Swimathon has the challenge for you!

*Under-16s must be entered and accompanied by an adult. Unfortunately, under-8s are not able to take part at the London Aquatics Centre.

Individual swimmers and teams will have 3 hours to complete their Swimathon challenge no matter which distance they have signed up for. If you have any queries around completing your swim in under 3 hours please liaise with the pool directly.

All swimmers will be able to download their personal certificates from their Swimmer Login after the event.

The great thing about Swimathon is that you don't even have to get wet to get involved!

Many pools require volunteers to log laps and cheer, support and encourage their swimmers. If you know someone who's swimming, get in contact with their pool and volunteer your services!

 Entry Type*  Standard Entry Fee Concession** 
 Individual 1.5k  £12  £9
 Individual 2.5k  £12  £9
 Individual 5k  £12  £9
 Team 1.5k  £26  £19.50
 Team 5k  £26  £19.50

* Applies to Distance Challenges and SimplySwim

** Denotes concessionary price for unemployed, under 16s, disabled, full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 years and above. For team concessions, the majority (over half) must fall into one of these categories to qualify for the concessionary price. Teams are not separated into age specific categories.

Click here to enter Swimathon 2016. You will be directed to the registration page where you can fill our online form. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to enter Swimathon 2016.

Swimmer registration for Swimathon 2016 closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

Swimathon accepts Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa and Visa Debit.

You can still take on a Swimathon challenge with SimplySwim! SimplySwim allows you to swim any of the distance challenges at any location of your choice between Thursday 10th and Sunday 20th March 2016.

To take part in Swimathon at a time and venue which works best for you, select SimplySwim when you enter Swimathon 2016 on this page. This challenge must be completed in one session.

Please note that you still may be charged to enter the pool at your local leisure centre when participating in SimplySwim.

You are more than welcome to swim in as many organised Swimathon 2016 sessions as your wish over the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games weekend. For each place that you require, you will need to create a new registration and pay for each place. We then suggest that you only use one of your fundraising pages when sending out your link for sponsorship, but mention in your ‘personal message’ that you will be taking on more than one challenge.
Unfortunately, as stated in the Terms and Conditions, the entry fee for Swimathon 2016 is non-refundable and non-transferable.
As stated in the Terms and Conditions, if you have registered as an individual entry, it is not possible to change this to a team entry. You will need to re-register as a team and contact Swimathon to cancel your previous entry. Unfortunately, a refund will not be given for your cancelled entry.
Sport Relief will receive at least 70% of the total funds raised by Swimathon. The Swimathon Foundation will receive the balance of the funds raised by the Swimathon participants which it uses to fund its operating expenses as the owner of the Swimathon Event and to offer Swimathon Foundation Community Grants to promote swimming participation in communities around Swimathon hosted pools
As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to support some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.
Yes!  Fundraise £100+ for an exclusive Swimathon 2016 t-shirt or £300+ for an exclusive Swimathon 2016 t-shirt and towel.*

Team fundraising is based on raising an average of £100+ per team member for t-shirts and an average of £300+ per team member for t-shirts and towels. Terms and conditions apply.

* Fundraising must be with the Swimathon by 31 May 2016. Please note that only online fundraising is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward
If you qualify for a reward you will received it by 30 June 2016.

Please see terms and conditions for full details of fundraising rewards.
When you enter Swimathon online, we’ll give you your very own Swimathon Giving Page. We promise to email you as soon as you can log in to your page and start getting sponsored online. In the meantime you can also download a sponsorship form* to start collecting sponsors now in person, which you will be able to pay in online via your Swimathon Giving Page when they are up and running. If your child is fundraising and you would like to download them a sponsor form, log in to their Giving Page.

* Please note that only online fundraising through a Swimathon Giving Page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward
We’re putting the finishing touches to your online Swimathon Giving Page and promise to email you as soon as you can log in to your page and get fundraising. In the meantime you can check out our fundraising ideas and download a sponsorship form* to start collecting sponsors now in person, which you will be able to pay in online via your Swimathon Giving Page when they are up and running. If your child is fundraising and you would like to download them a sponsor form*.

* Please note that only online fundraising through a Swimathon Giving Page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward
If you are taking part in Swimathon and want to collect money in person, just click on this link to download your sponsorship form*. Don’t forget that you can pay in any cash you have collected into your Swimathon Giving Page when they are up and running using a credit or debit card. If your child is fundraising and you would like to download them a sponsor form*, click here.

* Please note that only online fundraising through a Swimathon Giving Page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward.
You can find loads of tips to make your fundraising quick, easy and effective right here.

Unfortunately registration for Swimathon 2016 pools is now closed.

If you would like to promote the SimplySwim challenge at your pool for Swimathon 2016, which may help boost visits to your centre, please contact the Swimathon Team on info@swimathon.org to request marketing materials.

Contact

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You are likely to find the answer to your question in our FAQs. If the answer is not there, please contact us by:

Email: info@swimathon.org
Phone: 0845 36 700 36
Post: Swimathon, PO Box 4500, London W1A 7LF

Please note, office hours are from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.


  • EVENT OWNER
    Swimathon Foundation
  • CHARITY PARTNER
    Sport Relief
  • EVENT PARTNER
    British Swimming
  • SWIM BRAND PARTNER
    Zoggs
  • Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games