New obstacle swim challenge launches

Swim England is pleased to support a new obstacle swimming challenge launched by Cancer Research UK.

Suitable for people of all ages, Cancer Research UK has dubbed the event, ‘the most exciting new event this spring’. The event takes place at Stanborough Park in Welwyn Garden City on the 21 May.

Participants can expect to power their way through an adrenalin-fuelled obstacle course which stretches over a 500m or 1km. The challenge event is suitable for people who are new to swimming outdoors, as well as seasoned outdoor swimmers.

A great event for beginners

Swim England Head of Brand Partnerships, Kate Rudkin said: “We are excited to support Cancer Research UK on this project. The swimming obstacle course is a great way for beginners to have a taste of swimming outdoors.

“We have just launched our new strategy with a vision to get a nation swimming. Programmes like this are exactly the kinds of events that will help us to move towards achieving this vision.

“So many people do lots of different kinds of sport and physical activity. By combining outdoor swimming and a more traditional obstacle course, we hope to encourage more people to dive in and enjoy the water safely.”

Clive Sanders, Head of Events at Cancer Research UK, said: “We are delighted to be launching a new swimming event that combines two of our favourite things – open water swimming and obstacle courses – to bring participants something totally different.

“Every stroke swum and every penny raised will fund the vital work that Cancer Research UK scientists are carrying out right now in the UK’.

You can find out more and sign up on the Cancer Research UK website.

The event is open to men and women over the age of 16. Entry costs £35 for the 1km course, or £30 for the 500m.