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Participants can take on distances from 400m to 5k or for those who really like a challenge a triple 5k event, as well as team and family challenges, where teams of 2-5 people can swim 1.5k or 5k.

You can sign up to take the challenge at Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club on the following days and times:

Saturday 28th March - 12noon-5pm

Sunday 29th March - 12noon-5pm


Anyone wishing to find out more or to sign up for Swimathon 2020 should go to: www.swimathon.org or visit their local Better leisure centre. Registration closes on Monday 23rd March 2020.


For over 30 years, Swimathon, the world’s biggest fundraising swim, has encouraged swimmers for all corners of the UK to take part, swim a distance that will challenge the individual and raise sponsorship funds in the process. To date Swimathon has raised more than £50 million for good causes.

Better Leisure is the UK’s largest provider of public swimming and official partner of Cancer Research UK. This year it is once again teaming up with Swimathon to support fundraising events at over 80 Better swimming pools across the UK, including swimmer's favourite Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club, from 27th to 29th March 2020. Over the past two years Swimathon has raised £4.3million on behalf of the two charities.

Emma Lewis, National Swimming Development Manager at Better, said: “As a charitable social enterprise we are delighted to be supporting Swimathon again this year and to encourage people across the UK to get into the water to help raise vital funds for fantastic causes.

“The response from local people so far has been outstanding with scores of sign ups, but there are still chances to register and take part at Better pools such as Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club.  We encourage everyone to sign up, get active and raise some money.”