Take part in biggest charity swim

Thousands of swimmers are gearing up to take part in this year’s swimathon challenge for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The world’s biggest fundraising swim, an annual event, will be taking place at North Kesteven, Deepings and Grantham Mere’s Leisure Centres along with 600 pools across the UK from April 26-28.

It will see swimmers challenge themselves through 5k, 2.5k and 1.5k individual challenges or 5k and 1.5k team challenges.

The Swimathon was opened this month by presenter Tim Lovejoy and Swimathon president and Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew.

Tim said: “Being part of the Swimathon Squad is a fantastic opportunity to brush up on my swimming skills, while raising awareness of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“Like many people, my family has been affected by cancer so I know just how important the Marie Curie Nursing service is to people at the end of their lives and their families.

“I am normally only a recreational swimmer, but when Duncan approached me to take part in the 5k relay as part of the Squad, I couldn’t say no.”

Duncan added that it would be a busy few months coaching and taking part in his squad 5k team challenge.

He said: “The Squad provides a fantastic opportunity to bring together swimmers of all abilities and demonstrate to the thousands of people taking part in Swimathon every year that anyone can achieve their goal regardless of their ability, while raising funds for Marie Cure Cancer Care as they smash their target.”

Marie Curie Cancer Care gives people with terminal illnesses the choice to die at home.

Funds raised by taking on Swimathon 2013 will help provide them and their families with free hands-on care and emotional support, in their own homes.

Enter online for a Swimathon session before Thursday, January 31, and get half price entry.

Swimmer entry is open at www.swimathon.org until Wednesday, April 24.