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What is Swimathon?

We are the UK's biggest fundraising swim

Established in 1986, the 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 21st to 23rd March 2014, over 24,500 swimmers took the plunge and entered the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. The UK’s biggest fundraising swimming event saw thousands of people taking the plunge at hundreds of pools around the country, including the Aquatics Centre at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Thousands of swimmers took on the Swimathon challenge and raised millions of pounds for Sport Relief to help change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and throughout the world a helping hand to turn their lives around.

"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 2014 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.

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Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland). The Swimathon Foundation, registered charity 1123870
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