The Open Water Swimathon is ideal for experienced open water swimmers and those looking to make that transition from the pool to the open water. Taking place on Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th September, you will have the opportunity to participate in an individual challenge (400m, 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k) or a team challenge of 2-5 people (1.5k, 5k). Training plans are available here. What's more you can fundraise for two incredible causes - Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.
You won't be getting in the open water along either. From the moment you sign up, you will receive updates and helpful tips from the Open Water Swimathon team guiding you in the lead up to the event. You will also find helpful tips on the Open Water Swimathon website like An introduction to open water swimming, Top Tips for the Open Water, Common Mistakes to Avoid and Key Open Water Skills to Master.
The Open Water Swimathon takes place at the following venues: London's Royal Docks, 27 Western Gateway, London, E16 1FA, West Reservoir Sports Centre, Hackney, London N4 2HA, Trifarm, Boreham, Chelmsford, CM3 3DS, Thorpe Open Water, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN, Fritton Lake, Fritton, Great Yarmouth, NR31 9HA, Stanton Lakes, Stoney Stanton, Leicester, LE9 4JA, Bosworth Water Park, Nuneaton, CV13 6PD, Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6DQ, Sale Water Park, Sale, Cheshire, M33 2LX, Liverpool Watersports Centre, Queens Dock, L3 4DG, Rutland Water, Oakham, Leicestershire, LE15 8SU, Lower Lakes, Bridgewater, Somerset, TA5 2BQ, Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre, Cumbria, LA23 1BP, Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5PD, Lenches Lakes, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4UB, Cardiff International White Water, Watkiss Way, Cardiff CF11 0SY.
If you're not close enough to one of the host venues, you can still take part with the My Swimathon challenge. This offers more flexibility as you can choose your own venue and swimming challenge. You will still be able to raise money and challenge others to take part too.