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Ronan Keating and Sir Richard Branson set for Cancer Research UK charity swim

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26 May 2011

This September, Ronan Keating and Sir Richard Branson will captain a relay team to swim the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Dublin to raise money for Cancer Research UK… and they want you to join their team!

Cancer Research UK’s ‘The Swim’ is a celebrity-led relay challenge where a group of eight swimmers and celebrities will team up with two members of the public to take on the 56-mile stretch between Wales and Ireland.

It’s no splash in the garden pond though – the gruelling stretch is almost three times the length of the English Channel, several degrees colder, deeper and more treacherous. With tides taken into account, the distance is more likely to be 80 miles, taking an estimated 40 hours in the water!

The charity hope The Swim will raise £1million to help fight cancer in the UK.

Sounds fun... how do I join in?

It could be you joining Ronan and Sir Richard in the final challenge - but you have to prove your commitment to the cause by signing up to The Swim and raising money with your own swimming challenge in the next few months.

Everyone who raises £100 by 15 July 2011 and can swim more than 3,000m will be entered into the ballot for the two public places on the team!

Head to 'The Swim' website to sign up and to read full terms and conditions.

I'm not sure about my open water swimming.

You can swim your Cancer Research UK challenge in the comfort of your own pool but if you've got designs on the final open water challenge, your outdoor swimming might need a bit of work.

British Gas Swimfit has plenty of tips and advice for making a splash in open water as well as some training plans for improving your open water swimming in the pool.

CLICK HERE for the Open Water section of Swimfit.

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Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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