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Register for Swimathon 2018 and take the plunge for charity

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Entries are now open for Swimathon 2018, which hopes to raise £2 million for its chosen charities.

Swimathon is the largest annual fundraising swim in the country and takes place from 27 – 29 April. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are being invited to take on the challenge at one of 600 participating pools.

The event offers a range of different challenges, including both individual and team swims.

Individuals can take on distances of 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k, offering something for most abilities. If you would prefer to swim as a team, you can choose between distances of 1.5k or 5k.

If you can’t make the Swimathon weekend, you can still take on your chosen challenge.

MySwimathon runs from 20 April – 6 May, and your chosen distance can be completed at any time that suits you.

If you would like to fundraise for these great charities, you need to enter as a team or individual before Wednesday 25 April. If you register before Sunday 28 January, you will receive a 25 per cent discount on your entry.

Swimathon sets sights on £50 million

This year will be the 30th year of Swimathon. Since it became an annual event in 1988, nearly 700,000 participants have taken part.

Their efforts have raised £48 million which has been distributed to 36 different charities

Swimathon hopes to sail past the £50 million pound marker in 2018, whilst encouraging more people to get in the pool.

Wanda from Gateshead was empowered to get back into swimming after a serious back injury. This will be her third year taking part, and to celebrate she is taking on three swims over the weekend.

Wanda hopes her story will help inspire others to take the plunge and visit their local pool. She said: “As someone that got into  swimming after a bad back injury, I love swimming and how it makes me feel physically and mentally.

“For me swimming is not only about being active but the social side too. As a mental health nurse, I know the importance of social belonging and I can’t wait to take part in the 2018 event with my friends and raise money for two amazing charities.”