Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is back for 2018 and swimmers across the UK are being encouraged to jump in to one of over 600 participating pools and raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie, two charities close to the nation's hearts.
The event will take place across the weekend of Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29. Alternatively, participants can choose to take part at a time which works for them with MySwimathon from Friday, April 20 - Sunday, May 6.
Swimathon began in 1986 as a pilot programme for swimmers in London only. Since the launch of the annual event in 1988, nearly 700,000 participants have taken part and raised £48 million which has been distributed to 36 different charities.
Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k, 1.5k or 400m Individual or Team 5k or 1.5k distances and raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.
Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie are the official charity partners of Swimathon 2018.
Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, will be involved in Swimathon for the first time.
Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness and their families, has been Swimathon's charity partner ten times since it launched in 1986 and has raised over £17 million for the charity through the event during that time.