Swimathon is the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim. It's been running for over thirty years and has raised more than £48 million to date for many different charities. Pool Manager, Nassim Hamadache, explains what's involved and how you can take part.
The 2019 challenge takes place at the YMCA Club as follows:
Friday 29th March from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 30th March from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Please note that the pool will be closed to people who are not taking part in the Swimathon as follows:
Friday 29th March from 5.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday 30th March from 9am to 1pm.
Duncan Goodhew, Swimathon President and Olympic gold-medallist, says:
“It has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop and mature into the great event it is today. Swimathon really was ahead of its time giving people a chance to get active and do some good at the same time. I am so proud of both Swimathon’s longevity and its legacy.”
Choose your distance
Whether you are doing it as part of a team or going solo, there's a range of distances to choose from. Pick the one that will be right for you:
- Individual 400m
- Individual 1.5k (60 lengths in our pool) – this is a great challenge for novice swimmers or those that prefer to push their speed on shorter distances.
- Individual 2.5k (100 lengths in our pool) – the perfect challenge for the intermediate swimmer who trains regularly and wants to push their boundaries.
- Individual 5k (200 lengths in our pool) – this is the ultimate Swimathon challenge. To complete the 5k distance in one session takes dedication, commitment and a good training programme.
- Triple 5K – when you complete a 5k challenge in the same venue across three different sessions.
- Team 1.5k – 60 lengths of a 25m pool in a relay with friends, family or colleagues. Split it as you like – shorter distances for the novices or longer for the kids.
- Team 5k – This is for teams of 2 to 5 swimmers. Split it evenly between members or break it down according to abilities and get everyone involved.
Whatever the distance, you'll be helping to raise money for cancer charities, Marie Curie and Cancer Research. Last year we raised over £1,800.
Using SWIMTAG along the way will be a great way to track how well you are doing. SWIMTAG is free to members of the YMCA Club. It is a system that logs your swims in our pool and shows how far, how fast and how efficiently you swam. We will set competitions which you can do in your own time, that cover all distances set in Swimathon. At the end of each month leading up to the competition we will set 1.5k, 2.5k as well as 5k-distance challenges that you can join online. These will give you the chance to test how long it takes to cover your target distance.
How to take part
Anyone can take part! Swimathon is open to both members and non-members. Under 16s are especially welcome.
Participants can take part at the YMCA Club by registering on the Swimathon website.