Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, has raised a staggering £48 million in the 30 years since it began. The Pools Swimming and Health Centre will be one of almost 600 venues around the UK aiming to help Swimathon reach the £50 million milestone in 2018.

The 2018 event will take place over three days from 27th – 29th April. Previously Swimathon has attracted over 700,000 swimmers across the UK raising money for charity, and this year welcomes Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK as its joint charity partners.


In 2018, The Pools Swimming and Health Centre will host Swimathon for the 5th time, as it welcomes swimmers to take part in 2 sessions over the event weekend.


Speaking about Swimathon 2018, The Pools Swimming and Health Centre Swimming Coordinator, Gaynor Duffy, said we are very happy to be able to host the Swimathon once again especially as it celebrates its 30th year!  We will be holding a coffee afternoon on the Friday and Saturday to co inside with this great event.  Swimmers should sign up as soon as possible, (before 21 January and its half price entry fee) Swimming is a great way to tone up that Christmas body and loose a few pounds.  There is help to improve your swimming if you would like to take on the challenge but feel that our ability will let you down.  This year for the first time there is a smaller distance of only 400m.  That’s 20 lengths of the 25m pool, a goal that can be achieved with a little training.  For those who really fancy challenge what about the 5K, only 250 lengths of the 25m pool!! 


Our sessions will take place on Friday 27 April in the 25m pool starting at 1pm, ending at 4pm.

On Saturday 28 April our session will take place in the 20m pool starting at 2pmm ending at 5pm. That gives the participants 3hours to achieve their goal.


Last year the atmosphere was fantastic with friends and families on the balcony cheering us all on.


The joint charity partners of Swimathon 2018 are Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.

Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, will be involved in Swimathon for the first time.

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness and their families, has been Swimathon’s charity partner ten times since it launched in 1986 and has raised over £17 million for the charity through the event during that time.

Registration is now open for Swimathon 2018. Participants can enter to take part at The Pools Swimming and Health Centre through the Swimathon website. Swimathon.org/participants/register