Swimmers across are being asked to make a splash in charity Swimathon taking place at Arnold and Carlton leisure centres

Swimmers in Gedling borough are being asked to make a splash in the world’s biggest charity Swimathon.

Taking place from Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31, swimmers of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to take part in Swimathon 2019 at two local pools and raise vital funds for Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK.

Arnold Leisure Centre and Carlton Forum Leisure Centre have signed up to take part in the scheme.

Designed intentionally so people of all swimming abilities can participate, there are a variety of distances available as individual challenges – 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k, 5k – while the 1.5k and 5k distances are also available as team challenges for family, friends or colleagues to take on.

More experienced swimmers can participate in the Triple 5k challenge, which is specifically designed to test experienced swimmers, challenging them to swim 5k, three times.

Last year, Swimathon raised £2.1million, and is aiming to raise further vital funds this time around.

This year Team GB swimming heroes Mark Foster and Duncan Goodhew, pictured, above are getting behind the scheme and encouraging local people to sign up.

Since Swimathon started 33 years ago, over 700,000 swimmers have dived into over 1,000 different pools across the UK, raising more than £50 million for different charities

For more information and to sign up now, visit


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