swimathon

  1. Catherine's Swimathon Story
    Catherine in front of the indoor pool

    Catherine's Swimathon Story

     

     

    Blackpool resident and primary school teacher, Catherine Cremona, is relieved and excited to get back into the water after months away from her local pool – particularly as she has a training r

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  2. Swimathon Q&A with Marie Curie Ambassador and Team GB swimmer: Ellie Faulkner
    Swimathon Q&A with Marie Curie Ambassador and Team GB swimmer: Ellie Faulkner

    Swimathon Q&A with Marie Curie Ambassador and Team GB swimmer: Ellie Faulkner

    Swimathon, the world’s largest fundraising swim, returns to swimming pools across the UK on 7-9 April 2017 with Zoggs as the Official Swim Brand Partner.

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  3. This is your lane. Your Challenge. Your Swimathon!
    This is your lane. Your Challenge. Your Swimathon!

    This is your lane. Your Challenge. Your Swimathon!

    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

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  4. Swim Yourself Proud with the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon 2016
    Swim Yourself Proud with the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon 2016

    Swim Yourself Proud with the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon 2016

     

    Swimathon at London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park 23/3/14
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  5. Zoggs Swim Diaries: From non swimming mum to completing my first swimathon
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: From non swimming mum to completing my first swimathon

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: From non swimming mum to completing my first swimathon

    Zoggs eCommerce & Digital Marketing Manager, and mum of three Jocelyn Kirby shares her journey from non-swimmer to successfully completing her first swimathon.

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    As a child I didn’t have swimming lessons. I was happy to jump in and play around and could do an odd doggy paddle-crawl hybrid stroke to get myself back to the side of the pool again, which at the time, seemed to be good enough. I missed out on a few things as a child because I couldn’t swim – the canoeing on the school camping trip when I was 12 and my friends’ swimming parties at Coral Reef in Bracknell; but it wasn’t enough for me to ask my parents for lessons.

    And so that was that! I went through my teenage years avoiding deep water scenarios and as a young adult did not feel confident enough to want to get into a swimming costume in public. In my early twenties I tried a few times to get myself swimming but no matter how hard I tried, I didn’t seem able to manage more than half a length of frantic breaststroke which got me nowhere and probably looked more like drowning than swimming. I’m pretty certain that on a few occasions the lifeguards were ready to jump in and rescue me!

    Then I had kids.

    I was determined that they wouldn’t grow up to be the floundering, scared of the deep-end, non-swimmer that I was. So as soon as they were old enough to go in the water without me (at our swim school this was aged 3), I signed them up for lessons.

    In less than a term they were swimming unaided for a width of the small pool. That’s when it really hit me. If I didn’t learn to swim properly, my children would be better swimmers than me in no time.

    With my thirtieth birthday just around the corner, I bit the bullet and signed up for swimming lessons. Three years on and I have completed the 2014 2.5k Swimathon (that’s 100 lengths of a 25m pool!), am just about venture into open water and find myself working at Zoggs."

    Learning to swim has literally changed my life.

    Read more about Jocelyns Swimathlon challenge here

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  6. Zoggs take on Swimathon 2015
    Zoggs take on Swimathon 2015

    Zoggs take on Swimathon 2015

    This year we had the privilege of being the Swimathon swim brand partner once again. Thousands of you took to the lanes this month to help raise money for Marie Curie, and we were honoured to be a part of it.

    To show our support the Zoggs team were at the Aquatic Centre at London’s Olympic Park and even though it was cloudy and miserable outside at times, the energy around the pool was absolutely fantastic.We met some incredibly inspirational swimmers and loved hearing your stories and congratulating you on your fantastic achievements.

    The Zoggs team even took to the pool in the 1:45pm session to take on the 5km challenge. Despite a minor injury along the way and one of our swimmers having to be helped out of the pool early, the Zoggs team managed to just beat their time from last year and completed the swim in 1 hour 44 minutes and 22 seconds!

    We took a few moments to have a chat with Jocelyn, Claire and Tom about their Swimathon experience:

    Jocelyn, you learnt to swim as an adult. How did you find swimming in a 50m pool at the Aquatic Centre?

    “I was really nervous in the run up to the event. I’ve only ever swum in a 25m pool and so the prospect of swimming in a busy lane in the amazing Olympic pool was quite daunting! However, as I was swimming first there wasn’t a huge amount of time to think about it. It was hard going, 50m feels like a very long way when you are used to a 25m pool, so I alternated between crawl and breaststroke lengths to give me a bit of a change; I’m really pleased I did it!”

    What kit did you choose for the day?

    “I wore the Sandon Scoopback Neon Tribal swimming costume. This suit is really flattering and I love the bright colours. The bust support is really good and it’s front lined, which is great smoothing the tummy area – perfect for when you have had three kids like me! I wore Predator Flex Clear goggles – I discovered these last year before I started working at Zoggs and absolutely love them. They are super comfy and never leak, they’re really easy to adjust and rarely fog. I didn’t want to be constantly stopping to adjust or empty water out of my goggles during the Swimathon and my Predators didn’t let me down!

    Tom, you wore the Phantom Elite goggles during your swim, what made you decide on those?

    “I wore the Phantom Elite goggles because in the pool I like a goggle that isn’t too chunky or too low profile

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  7. Zoggs making waves for Marie Curie
    Zoggs making waves for Marie Curie

    Zoggs making waves for Marie Curie

    As official swim brand partner, Zoggs are proud, once again, to support Swimathon in 2015 – the world’s biggest fundraising swim - which will see thousands of swimmers making waves and raising funds  for Marie Curie by challenging themselves through 5k, 2.5k and 1.5k individual challenges or Team 5k and 1.5k challenges.

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    Zoggs will be promoting the event at over 600 pools throughout the UK, supplying every swimmer with a swimming cap and making available limited edition Marie Curie swimming goggles in blue and yellow. As Swimathon is for swimmers of all ages and abilities, the goggles will be available in both adult and junior sizes and appropriately named ‘Hero Adult’ and ‘Hero Junior’ so that everyone taking part can be a real hero by making waves to support Marie Curie.

    Zoggs will be donating £1 to Marie Curie from the sale of every pair of the limited edition Marie Curie goggles.

    The goggles will be available from participating leisure centres, sports retailers nationwide and www.zoggs.com and presented in eye catching packaging and housed in a matching counter top display unit.

    It’s a perfect fit for Zoggs as we are passionate about swimming, so being able to get involved in an event like this, which not

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