FAQs

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What challenges are available?

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How much does it cost to register?

Entry TypeStandardConcession*
Individual 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k & 5k£14.00£10.50
Team 1.5k &5k£28.00£21.00
Own distance£14.00£10.50


* Denotes concessionary price for unemployed, under 16s, disabled, full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 years and above. For team concessions, the majority (over half) must fall into one of these categories to qualify for the concessionary price. Teams are not separated into age specific categories. Please note: Concession prices will not apply during the 50% discount period

Please note: you will have to pay your venue’s normal entry fee every time you swim – the above Swimathon registration fee does not cover your venue entry fee. As a swimming community, let’s rally together to support our amazing UK swimming facilities!

What is the equivalent of my challenge in pool lengths?

KilometresMilesLengths
53.1200
2.51.6100
1.50.960
400m0.216


* Of a standard 25m pool

Where is Swimathon held?

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When will my local venue reopen?

After the latest Government announcement, pools and leisure facilities will be shut from Thursday 4th November until Wednesday 2nd December. It will also be the case that when swimming pools are permitted to reopen, many may still not be able to do so for financial reasons. Please check with your local operator about the opening arrangements for your local pool.

How long will I have to complete my swim?

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How do I submit my result?

Once you have completed your challenge, log in to your swimmer profile area, go to ‘My Challenges’ and click ‘Manage My Challenge’. Under ‘Results’, click ‘Enter Result’ where you will submit your ‘Time Recorded’ in hours, minutes and seconds.

If you completed your MySwimathon challenge over multiple sessions, please combine the times of all these sessions and submit only the TOTAL time you swam, rather than each session time. For example, if you swam 2 x 200m swims taking 10 minutes each for a 400m challenge, submit your result (i.e. 20 minutes) as a whole.

If you are over 16, have entered an individual challenge and use a fitness/smart watch, you may prefer to trial our brand-new MySwimathon tracker which you link to your Strava account to automatically pull through your swim data, so you don’t need to manually submit your result. Click here to download the tracker.

How many people can make up a team?

Teams can be made up of 2-5 people.

Please note: you and your teammates may need to complete your own portion of your team total separately and on different days due to social distancing and venue availability. This isn’t a problem for submitting your result though – simply combine your times and submit your overall team time in your captain’s swimmer login area.

What are the rules?

Click here to view the Swimathon rules.

Can I get any training advice?

It is very important to train before taking part in any sporting event. Visit the training zone for 10-week and 5-week training plans for all our set distances, which have beginner, intermediate and advanced versions. Our training zone also contains training tips from Duncan Goodhew and Jolyon Finck.

Remember that you have from today until Saturday 31 October to complete your challenge, and you can complete it over multiple sessions, so there’s plenty of time to brush up on your skills following your absence from the water! Our advice is to return the water sensibly and where possible undertake some training swims, prior to taking on your challenge.

Is there an age limit?

Swimathon welcomes all ages and abilities.* It doesn’t matter if you can swim one length or two hundred, Swimathon has the challenge for you - because you can design it yourself!

* Under 16s must be entered and accompanied by an adult (where possible under updated venue operating procedures). Please check with your chosen venue regarding their own age limit rules, particularly due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Will I receive a medal?

All swimmers will receive a medal for completing their challenge.

If you registered for an organised Swimathon session before 27 March 2020, please click here to find out how you will receive/collect your medal (under 'Updates on your swim caps and medals').

If you already signed up for MySwimathon before 27 March 2020 or have registered since 28 July 2020, you will be sent your medal via post after uploading your challenge time online. Please bear with us, as we will be sending medals out in batches every couple of weeks.

Will I receive a certificate?

All swimmers will be able to download their personal certificates from their Swimmer Login Area after the event.

Check out our new virtual downloads as well which include a virtual medal and social media image.

How do I register?

Entries for Swimathon 2020 have now closed. You can register your interest for 2021 by clicking here, and you'll be the first to know about entries for next year!

Which credit/debit cards do you accept?

Swimathon accepts Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa and Visa Debit. 

I can no longer take part in the event. Will I get my money back?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have changed our refund policy. Please contact info@swimathon.org to see what your options are.

Can I change from an individual to a team registration and vice versa?

As stated in the Terms and Conditions, if you have registered as an individual entry, it is not possible to change this to a team entry. You will need to re-register as a team and contact Swimathon to cancel your individual entry. If you have registered as a team entry, it is not possible to change this to an individual entry. You will need to re-register as an individual and contact the Swimathon team to cancel your team entry. A refund will not be given for your first entry. 

If I want to change my challenge distance, how can I do that?

This year we have made it easier than ever for you! You can simply log in to your Swimathon profile to change your challenge distance.

Where does the money go?

Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie will receive at least 70% of the total funds raised by Swimathon. The Swimathon Foundation will receive the balance of the funds raised by the Swimathon participants which it uses to fund its operating expenses as the owner of the Swimathon Event and to offer Swimathon Foundation Community Grants to promote swimming participation in communities around Swimathon hosted pools. 

Are there any fundraising rewards?

Fundraise £300 through your Swimathon JustGiving page and you will receive an exclusive Swimathon 2020 towel! These towels are sent as a thank you for raising such an incredible amount of money for two causes close to the nation’s heart. Without generous donations from the public, our charity partners would not be able to support people living with cancer and other terminal illnesses. Your fundraising will help both Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie to continue their vital work.

Please note: team fundraising is based on raising an average of £300+ per team member to receive your exclusive Swimathon towels. Terms and conditions apply.

The fundraising deadline to receive your fundraising rewards for Swimathon 2020 is Friday 13 November 2020. Only online fundraising is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward. Offline fundraising will not be considered for incentive rewards.

If I qualify for a reward, when will I receive it?

Towels are being sent out fortnightly from January 2020 once you fundraise £300. Please note that the fundraising deadline is Friday 13 November 2020.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our delivery schedule has been impacted so there may be a delay in receiving your limited edition Swimathon 2020 towel. We will email you to keep you informed when deliveries restart.

Please see terms and conditions for full details of fundraising rewards. 

Is there an exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt?

For the first time this year, you can purchase your exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt prior to your swim.

The exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt costs £20 including VAT and postage. £10 from every sale will go directly to Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie and the Swimathon Foundation. Please note this will not be included in your fundraising total on your Swimathon JustGiving page. Purchase your t-shirt here.

Is there a size chart for the exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt?

Please use the size chart below when purchasing your exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt:

SizeAgeChest SizeWomen's UK size
Child Small7-830"
Child Medium9-1132"
Child Large12-1334"
Adult Small35-38"UK 10
Adult Medium37-40"UK 12
Adult Large40-43"UK 14
Adult XL43-45"UK 16


How can I check if I have set up my Swimathon JustGiving page?

You can check if your JustGiving page has been set up through your swimmer profile area. Follow the below steps to check yours. 

  1. Log in to your profile through Swimathon.org. 
  2. Click on 'Manage My Challenge' in your Swimathon profile area. 
  3. Select 'Fundraising' on the menu on the left-hand side. 
  4. If you have set up a JustGiving page you will be given the option to ‘View Fundraising Page’. If you have not, select ‘Create Fundraising Page’ and follow the steps. 

How can I link my JustGiving page to my Swimathon account?

If you didn’t set up your JustGiving page when you registered but created one later on, you will be able to link it to your Swimathon account by logging in to your swimmer profile area. You will need to click on ‘Manage my Challenge,’ select ‘Fundraising’ on the menu on the left-hand side and just follow the instructions to link your pages together.

How do I share my JustGiving page with my friends, family and colleagues?

To find your Swimathon JustGiving page go to the fundraising section of your swimmer profile area. You can find this on the left-hand menu once you’ve clicked ‘Manage My Challenge’. Click ‘View Fundraising Page’ at the bottom of the page to go to your JustGiving page. Share the URL with your friends and family by simply copying and pasting the URL to email and social media to get donations and raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. 

Is my donation for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie when I register added to my JustGiving page?

The donation for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie you can make before the payment page of your registration will not be added to your JustGiving page when you have set it up. 

If you wish for the donation to count towards your fundraising rewards, please set up your JustGiving page first and donate the amount directly on that. 

How can we link our team’s JustGiving pages together?

To create a team page, your team captain should login to their swimmer profile area here. Within the ‘Fundraising’ menu they can select to create a team JustGiving page by linking all team members pages. Please note donations must still be made on each team members JustGiving page and not on the team’s page. 

Can I fundraise for any charity?

The official charity partners of Swimathon 2020 are Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Participants of the event should fundraise for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie only. 

Where can I find the offline fundraising sponsorship form?

If you are taking part in Swimathon and want to collect money in person, just click here to download your sponsorship form.* 

Don’t forget that you can pay in any cash you have collected into your JustGiving Page when they are up and running using a credit or debit card.

*Please note that only online fundraising through a Swimathon JustGiving page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward. 

Where shall I send my offline fundraising?

Cheques will need to be made payable to either Cancer Research UK or Marie Curie and sent to one of the below addresses:


Swimathon Team
Cancer Research UK
PO Box 1561
Oxford
OX4 9GZ
 
OR
 
Swimathon Team
Marie Curie
PO BOX 23897
14 Links Place
Edinburgh
EH6 9AB

All offline income paid in either charity will go towards the total income raised and split as follows:

Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie will receive at least 70% of the total funds raised by Swimathon. The Swimathon Foundation will receive the balance of the funds raised by the Swimathon participants which it uses to fund its operating expenses as the owner of the Swimathon Event and to offer swimathon Foundation Community Grants to promote swimming participation in communities aroung Swimathon hosted pools.

What is Swimathon's position on sustainability?

Swimathon recognises its responsibility towards the planet and is committed to doing everything we can to reduce the impact of the event on the environment. You can read our full environmental sustainability policy here

When is the incentive deadline to receive a Swimathon towel?

If you fundraise £300 on your JustGiving page before November 13th, you will receive an exclusive Swimathon towel.

How long do I have to fundraise for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie on JustGiving?

All JustGiving pages for Swimathon 2020 will close on Thursday 31st December 2020.

When will I receive my medal and cap?

If you have submitted your results for Swimathon 2020, you will receive your medal and cap by Monday 16th November.