What is Swimathon?

We are the UK's biggest fundraising swim

Established in 1986, Swimathon is a nationwide swimming challenge that encourages swimmers up and down the UK to swim a variety of challenge distances at their local pool and raise money for charity. Over the past 27 years of Swimathon, more than half a million swimmers have taken part, raising over £40million for charitable causes.

From Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April 2015, swimmers took the plunge and took part in Swimathon 2015, fundraising for Marie Curie. The UK’s biggest fundraising swimming event saw thousands of people taking the plunge at hundreds of pools around the country, including the London Aquatics Centre at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Our challenges are designed to suit all levels of fitness, all abilities and all ages. You can choose to take on one of our individual 1.5k, 2.5km or 5k challenges or the Team 1.5k and 5k. You can also take on your challenge, your way by signing up to SimplySwim.
"Swimathon provides motivation and a personal challenge to swimmers nationwide.  It also offers a goal to train for, a target to achieve and a great cause to support.” Duncan Goodhew MBE, Olympic gold medallist, London 2012 Ambassador and Swimathon President.

"Although it gets a bit harder with each passing year, I am looking forward to Swimathon 2015 and shall be giving the Individual 5k a go. I hope even more people will be able to participate in the event to raise money for a great cause.”  Paul Ng, Swimathon Hall-of-Famer.