Team GB swimming heroes Mark Foster and Duncan Goodhew are urging people to swim for the loved ones in their life who are living with a terminal illness, or have been affected by cancer, to sign up to Swimathon 2020.
Foster, the former World, European and Commonwealth champion, who set eight world records during a glittering career is supporting the campaign, alongside Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew.
Returning for its 33rd year, Swimathon 2020 is hoping to encourage more than 21,000 swimmers nationwide to sign up and dive in, raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK and the terminal illness charity Marie Curie.
Speaking at Glass Mill Leisure Centre, which is one of 580 participating pools around the UK, Mark Foster said:
“Whether you prefer to stick to the shallow end, have swam The Channel or are somewhere in between, there’s a challenge for you, your friends and family.
“Swimming is fantastic for your health and wellbeing as it’s a great way to keep fit physically and mentally. You can quickly build stamina and speed and, as it’s a low impact activity, the chances of injury are low, while also good for recovery. I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to sign up for Swimathon 2020 as every stroke you swim will help families in hugely difficult circumstances.”
Taking place over the weekend of 27th-29th March 2020, Duncan Goodhew, Olympic gold medallist and president of Swimathon, said:
“It has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop and grow to become the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim. Last year we surpassed the £52m milestone, since Swimathon began, which was a massive achievement. We’re hoping this year’s campaign will raise more than £2.2m, which would be a Swimathon record.
“I am so proud that Swimathon gives so many people the chance to enjoy the water and set themselves a challenge, all in support of Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie who help thousands of people across the UK.”
With a variety of distances – 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k, 5k and the Triple 5k, there’s a challenge for all ages and abilities, while swimmers can participate individually or as part of a team.
A two-week MySwimathon window, from 20th March to 5th April 2020, will also be open to anyone interested in participating but are busy during the event weekend. Swimmers can simply choose a time and venue that suits them best, before taking the plunge.
For the past seven years, Zoggs has been official Swim Brand Partner with Swimathon, whose goggles, swimsuits, learning aids and training accessories have helped millions of swimmers across the world learn to love swimming.
To sign up to Swimathon 2020, or more info, fundraising ideas and training plans, please visit: Swimathon.org