What challenges are available?

Swimathon is designed to suit all levels of fitness, ability and age. This is your swim – from 400m to 30.9k, there is a Swimathon challenge for you! Select from the below to see a full list of available distances:

Swimathon

MySwimathon

Triple 5k Challenge

30.9

What is the equivalent of my challenge in pool lengths?

KilometresMiles
Lengths
30.919.21236
Triple 5K (15)
9.3600
53.1
200
2.5
1.6100
1.5
0.960
400m
0.216

Where is Swimathon held?

Swimathon is held in 300+ pools across the UK. Find the venue closest to you by entering your postcode or have a look at the venue map.

What is the Swimathon Festival?

For the first time ever, Swimathon and Open Water Swimathon will take place over the same weekend as part of the brand new Swimathon Festival. The Swimathon Festival is an extension and demonstration of our #SwimForAll ethos. We are encouraging everyone to participate in a way that suits them – be it indoor, outdoor, free, paid, virtual or live. It's the truest celebration of swimming ever held in the UK. Swimming is back in all forms, it's back for everyone – and we want to celebrate with you!

Is there an alternative to competing over the Swimathon weekend?

You can still take on one of the specified distances with MySwimathon or MySwimathon Lite! MySwimathon allows you to swim one of the set distances at any location of your choice between Friday, 3 September – Sunday, 19 September, 2021*. Enter MySwimathon or MySwimathon Lite here.

* Please note if you enter under MySwimathon the leisure centre you wish to swim at will charge you to enter the pool.

What is MySwimathon Weekly and how do I take part?

MySwimathon Weekly is a weekly swimming challenge for any member of the Swimathon community who wants to track and improve their swimming ability. Swimmers record one Weekly swim each week and upload it to their MySwimathon Hub area. Swimmers can choose to swim either 400m, 800m or 1.5k each week. Swimmers can only swim one of these distances each week. More on this coming soon!

How much does it cost to register?


Entry Type* Full Price****
Standard****Concession**
Individual 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k & 5k £16.50£9.50 £9.50
Team 1.5k &5k £30.50£16.50£16.50
Triple 5K
£30.50***£16.50 £16.50
MySwimathon Lite
FreeFreeFree

* Applies to Distance Challenges and MySwimathon

** 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

*** 3 entries for the price of 2

**** £2.50 of your entry fee will be donated to the venue you swim at following long term closures due to the pandemic. This charge is not added on if you select MySwimathon

Why has £2.50 been added to my entry fee?

After a particularly challenging year, pools and venues across the UK are in desperate need of help to be able to continue to function as the heart of their communities. Given the scale of our Swimathon audience, we think it only right to utilise our voice to inspire support from our regular swimmers, those that use and keep venues running on a day-to-day basis. This year, £2.50 is added to every entry in our Support Swimming campaign, which will go towards supporting Swimathon venues after such a tough year, with all of that fee going to the pool you register to swim at.

How do I know what speed to register myself/team under?

Here's a rough guide to help when entering your Swimathon speed...

DistanceSlowMediumFast
400m30mins+20minssub 10mins
1.5k1.5hrs+1hrsub 20mins
2.5k2hrs+1.5hrssub 1hrs
5k
2.5hrs+
2hrssub 1.5hrs

How do I register my team?

The team manager must create the team. Once the team is registered and paid for by the manager, they can then invite team members through their participant dashboard.

How do I register?

You can now register for Swimathon 2021! Click here to sign up.

When does registration close?

Swimmer registration for Swimathon 2021 closes on Monday 6 September at 11:59pm.

Will the entry price stay the same throughout the year?

The entry fee for Swimathon will be discounted throughout the year, with the final price rising on Wednesday 1 September 2021.

Which credit/debit cards do you accept?

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

I’d like to swim more than once over different days…

You are more than welcome to swim in as many organised Swimathon sessions as you wish over the event weekend. For each swim you wish to do, you will need to create a new registration, paying the entry fee for each place. We then suggest that you only use one of your fundraising pages when sending your link out for sponsorship. You can mention in your 'personal message' that you are taking on more than one challenge. You could even try our open water based event Open Water Swimathon – sign up here.

Want to enter Swimathon for free?

This year for the first time ever we have a brand-new way of taking on your favourite Swimathon challenge – MySwimathon Lite.

Extending on from our MySwimathon ethos of ‘Your swim, your way!’, we have removed all barriers for entry and bring you a free version of MySwimathon.

All you have to do is fundraise £50 through your JustGiving page to qualify for your exclusive Swimathon cap and medal.

You can read more about MySwimathon Lite here.

Can I take part in both Swimathon and Open Water Swimathon?

Yes, we encourage it! For the first time ever, Swimathon and Open Water Swimathon will take place over the same weekend, in the first ever Swimathon Festival. Why not take on a swim at a pool on one of the days, and a swim in open water on another day? To find out more about Open Water Swimathon click here.

How long will I have to complete my swim?

Individual swimmers and teams will have 3 hours to complete their Swimathon challenge no matter which distance they have signed up for. If you have any queries around completing your swim in under 3 hours please liaise with the pool directly.

How many people can make up a team?

Teams can be made up of 2-5 people.

What are the rules?

Click here to view the Swimathon rules.

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!

* Under 16s must be entered and accompanied by an adult

If I do not want to swim, can I still get involved?

The great thing about Swimathon is that you don't even have to get wet to get involved! Many pools require volunteers to log laps, record times, support and encourage their swimmers. Check back here soon to find out about our volunteer programme.

When do I need to arrive at my session?

If you can aim to arrive at your sessions half an hour before the swim time so you have enough time to get changed and be ready to swim at the start of the session time. For example, if your sessions is 8am-11am, you will start swimming at 8am.

Will I receive a medal?

All swimmers will receive a medal for completing their challenge. Those taking part in an organised Swimathon session will receive their medal immediately after their swim. Those taking part in the standard MySwimathon will be sent a medal via post after uploading their challenge time online. Those taking part in MySwimathon Lite will be sent a medal once they fundraise £50 on their JustGiving page and upload their challenge time online.

Please note, 5k medals will only be given to those who complete the individual 5k challenge.

If you are taking part in the Triple 5k challenge you’ll receive our exclusive Triple 5k medal.

Will I receive a cap?

All swimmers will receive a cap to wear when taking on their challenge. Those taking part in an organised Swimathon session will receive their cap at the venue. Those taking part in the standard MySwimathon will be sent a cap via post when they sign up. Those taking part in MySwimathon Lite will be sent a cap once they fundraise £50 on their JustGiving page.

Will I receive a certificate?

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

How do I submit my MySwimathon result?

Once you have completed your challenge, you will need to go to the MySwimathon Hub to log your result. You can do this in one of two ways:

1. Connect your Strava account and we will pull through your swim data for your valid challenge completed between 3 - 19 September
2. Complete the online form and tell us your challenge time

To view historical results and to download certificates, login to your Swimathon account area and go to Results.

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?

Yes! This year we have more fundraising rewards than ever before. Fundraise anywhere from £1 all the way up to £1000 (and beyond!) through your JustGiving page for exclusive Swimathon 2021 rewards!*

Team fundraising is based on raising an average per team member to receive your exclusive Swimathon rewards. Terms and conditions apply.

* Fundraising for Swimathon 2021 closes on Thursday, September 30, 2021 with JustGiving pages closing at the end of 2021. Please note that only online fundraising is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward. Offline fundraising sent to the charity PO BOXES will not be considered for incentive rewards.

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

If you qualify for a digital reward, this will be sent out to you via email within 24 hours of hitting your fundraising goal.

If you qualify for a physical reward, these will be sent out fortnightly from June onwards. Please note that the incentive fundraising deadline is Thursday, September 30, 2021.

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

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
2. Click on 'Manage My Challenge' in your Swimathon profile area
3. Select 'Fundraising'
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 login 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 2021 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 login to your swimmer profile area and 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

There will also be the option to pay in offline income at your local Marie Curie charity shop.

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 around Swimathon hosted pools.

How am I going to raise money during COVID-19 restrictions?

For more information and ideas on how you can raise money during COVID-19 restrictions, head over to Marie Curie's website.

Can I get any training advice?

It is very important to train before taking part in any sporting event. Visit the training zone for training tips from Duncan Goodhew and Jolyon Finck. The 10 week and 5 week training plans will be available very soon!

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

As per our Terms and Conditions, the entry fee for Swimathon 2021 is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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! From June 14 you can simply log in to your Swimathon profile to change your challenge distance.

Is there an exclusive Swimathon 2021 T-shirt?

Back by popular demand this year, you can purchase your exclusive Swimathon 2021 T-shirt prior to the event.

The exclusive Swimathon 2021 T-shirt costs £20.00 including VAT and postage. £10.00 of the purchase price will go 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. Terms and conditions apply.

Is there a size chart for the exclusive Swimathon 2021 T-shirt?

Please use the size chart below when purchasing your exclusive Swimathon 2021 T-shirt:

SizeAgeChest Size
Women's UK Size
Child Small
7-830"
Child Medium9-1132"
Child Large
12-1334"
Adult Small
35-38"UK 10
Adult Medium
37-40"UK 12
Adult Large
40-43"UK 14
Adult XL
43-45"UK 16


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. Read our full environmental sustainability policy.

What measures are registered venues taking to keep centres COVID-19 safe?

Our venues have introduced many new operational measures within their leisure centres for the safety of our customers and colleagues, as well restricting bookable spaces in classes and activities. For additional information see Everyone Active's staying COVID-19 safe in their centres section.

I am nervous about swimming at the moment, do you have any advice?

For more information on COVID-19 safety measures that are in place and other helpful information about safe swimming see here.

How can I book as my pool sessions are full?

Get in touch with your local pool and find out when they release the next batch of lane-swimming sessions. Many pools also have an app to allow you to book as session.

Are indoor pools ventilated?

Most indoor pools are ventilated. Get in touch with your local pool to find out for that specific venue.

OUR PARTNERS

CHARITY BENEFICIARY

Marie Curie

CHARITY BENEFICIARY

Cruk

CHARITY BENEFICIARY

Swimathon Foundation

EVENT PARTNER

Swim England

EVENT PARTNER

Scottish Swimming

EVENT PARTNER

Swim Wales

FUNDRAISING PLATFORM PARTNER

Just Giving
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