TEAM GB swimming heroes Mark Foster and Duncan Goodhew are urging people to sign up to Swimathon 2019 – the world’s biggest annual swimming fundraiser – which is raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.

Foster, the former World, European and Commonwealth champion, who set 8 world records during a glittering career, is supporting the campaign, alongside Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew, President of Swimathon.

Olympians urge swimmers to sign up to Swimathon and make a splash for charity
Mark Foster and Duncan Goodhew are supporting Swimathon 2019, raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie

Designed intentionally so people of all swimming abilities can participate, there are a variety of distances available as individual challenges – 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k, 5k and the new Triple 5k, while 1.5k and 5k are also available as team challenges for family, friends or colleagues to take on.

Speaking at the London Aquatic Centre, which is one of 600 participating pools around the UK, Mark Foster said: 

“I’m very proud to be supporting Swimathon 2019 and I hope everyone looking to set themselves a challenge for 2019 signs up. Whether you’re just learning or are an experienced swimmer already, there’s a challenge for you.

“Swimming is fantastic for your health and wellbeing as it helps to keep fit. As you train, you build stamina and speed, and as it’s a low impact sport, the chances of injury are low while also good for recovery if you’re coming back from injury.”

Taking place over the weekend of 29th-31st March 2019, Duncan Goodhew, Olympic gold medallist and president of Swimathon, said: 

“It has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop and mature into the great event it is today. Having started back in 1986, we surpassed the £50m milestone last year which was a massive achievement, and we’re hoping to continue to raise more money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie this year.

“Swimathon really gives everyone a chance to get active with friends and family, whilst doing some good at the same time. I am so proud that Swimathon gives so many people the chance to enjoy the water, get swimming and set themselves a challenge.”

New to 2019 is the Triple 5k challenge, which is specifically designed to test experienced swimmers, challenging them to swim 5k, three times. Swimmers can choose the sessions and venues where they take on the three-part challenge, which so far has proved popular since sign-ups opened.

Last year, Swimathon raised £2.1million and is aiming to raise further vital funds this time around. Since Swimathon started 33 years ago, over 700,000 swimmers have dived into over 1,000 different pools across the UK, raising more than £50million for different charities.

For further details about Swimathon, how to sign up and ideas on how to fundraise, visit