Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is 30 years old this year, and Better’s Gurnell Leisure Centre will be one of more than 600 venues around the UK celebrating this landmark by hosting a Swimathon event.


The 2017 event will take place over three days from 7th – 9th April. The total fundraising amount over the previous 29 years of Swimathon currently stands at a staggering £46 million, which has been distributed amongst 36 different charities.


In 2017, Gurnell Leisure Centre will host Swimathon for the sixth time, as it welcomes swimmers to take part in two sessions over the event weekend.


Speaking about Swimathon 2017, Aga Bujakowska at Gurnell Leisure Centre said that is a fantastic event that is great fun for all to participate in. It is rewarding for both personal values and in the sense of good feeling knowing that you are supporting a great charity, while seeing positive results.

Gurnell Leisure Centre will be hosting the event on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of April from 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.


Duncan Goodhew, Swimathon President and Olympic gold-medallist, said of the landmark Swimathon event, “For the last 29 years it has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop and mature into the great event it is today. Swimathon really was ahead of its time giving people a chance to get active and do some good at the same time. I am so proud of both Swimathon’s longevity and its legacy.”


The official charity of Swimathon 2017 is Marie Curie. The charity provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. It has been doing this work for over 65 years and last year alone cared for and supported over 50,000 people affected by terminal illness across the UK.


Registration is now open for Swimathon 2017. Participants can enter to take part at Gurnell Leisure Centre through the Swimathon website.




For more information, interviews or pictures:

            Aga Bujakowska


            020 8998 3241