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Walliams, Adlington and Payne launch SwimBritain

Having conquered swimming the Channel and the Thames, David Walliams has joined forces with world champion Keri-anne Payne and four-time Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington to help launch a new national swimming challenge called SwimBritain.

British Swimming and ASA partners British Gas are the driving force behind SwimBritain as they aim to encourage 500,000 more people to swim regularly by 2015.

As part of the programme, British Gas are hosting the first-ever team relay event to get Brits back in the water.

With 11 SwimBritain events taking place around the country in August and September and three different ways to get involved, there are plenty of options to choose from.

There is a SwimBritain challenge for both adults and children, both designed for teams of four, or a solo option:

  • SwimBritain: a relay in 250m legs. Each team member swims four legs, 1000m in total, to reach the team goal of 4000m. Ten SwimBritain events are taking place in 50m pools around the country and there is an open water event taking place at Blenheim Palace.
  • Little SwimBritain: a relay in 125m legs for families and children aged between 8 and 16. Each team must include at least one adult. Each team member swims four legs, 500m total, to reach the team goal of 2000m.
  • SwimBritain DIY: Solo swimmers can also take on the challenge by signing up to SwimBritain DIY at your local pool.

You don’t have to be an expert, SwimBritain will help you swim better and swim further.

Head to the SwimBritain website to find out how you can get involved.

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