This is your lane. Your Challenge. Your Swimathon!

on 25th January 2017

Take your marks... Swimathon is back in 2017 for the 30th year running! This is your lane, your challenge, your chance to raise money for Marie Curie. Marie Curie are Swimathon’s Charity Partner, they help people living with any terminal illness, and their families. As the world's biggest fundraising swimming event, you can jump in the pool and make a difference for Marie Curie at over 600 pools.

Which challenge will you choose?

Whether it's as a team or going it solo, there's a range of Swimathon challenge distances so that there's always a right one for you.Swimathon Image, Girl looking down her lane while adjusting her goggles

Individual 1.5k - A great challenge for novice swimmers, or those that prefer to push their speed on shorter distances.

Individual 2.5k - The perfect challenge for the intermediate swimmer who trains regularly. A way to push your boundaries and give yourself a goal to commit to training for.

Individual 5k - This is the ultimate Swimathon challenge, to complete the 5k distance takes dedication, commitment and a good training programme.

Team 1.5k - Take on 60 lengths of a 25m pool in a relay with your friends, your family or your colleagues. Split it as you like, shorter distances for the novice or longer for the kids.

Woman preparing to swim the Swimathon Challenge

Team 5k - Make up a team of 2 to 5 swimmers to tackle the ultimate Swimathon distance. Split it evenly between you or break down the distances according to your abilities and get everyone involved!

SimplySwim - Whether it’s one of our set distances or a number of lengths somewhere between, SimplySwim lets you choose the distance, the time and the venue that suits you best to get involved with Swimathon and raise money.

Whichever distance you choose, you'll be helping raise money for Marie Curie, the UK's leading charity for people living with any terminal illness.

Still unsure, nervous? Don’t worry – you won’t be alone – far from it! You can follow Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon President Duncan Goodhew’s advice ahead of your Swimathon weekend and/or follow Swimathon’s Head Coach’s 10 week training plans! See you down at the pool!

Find your local pool and enter Swimathon 2017 today!

Duncan Goodhew, Swimathon Ambassador, sitting on the pool side