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Swimming - 06. May 2012.

Event Review: Swimathon 2012

Event Review: Swimathon 2012

When Helen Keeling heard that the 2012 Swimathon was joining forces with Sport Relief, she figured it would be a good year to take the plunge …   The Swimathon is the world’s biggest charity swim race and has been going for a quarter of a century.

This year, it was decided that the Swimathon would join forces with Sport Relief, hence offering budding Rebecca Adlingtons the chance to partake in the one mile, team one mile, 2.5k, 5k or team 5k challenge.

Hosted at 645 pools across the whole of the UK over the 27th to the 29th April, those raising money for Sport Relief swam the ‘Big Splash Mile’, whilst those fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care took on the longer distances.  

Relishing a challenge, I opted for one of the longer distances, reasoning that, whilst I don’t swim very often, I do do a lot of fitness.

However, on arriving at my local pool and realising exactly how many lengths was required of me, I did wonder if maybe I was, erm, a little out of my depth? I needn’t have worried.

The Swimathon staff and the spectators did a sterling job of keeping us going and we all successfully completed our various challenges.  

There was a wide range of ages and ability levels present at my event. There was the young girl who successfully swam her first ever mile, whilst fluctuating between three different strokes, and the speedy father and daughter team (with their impressive-looking flip-turns), who were endeavouring to swim at 10 different Swimathon events over the course of the weekend. 

  After the 2011 Swimathon, it was estimated that 81% of the participants increased, or maintained, their swimming activity. Therefore, after the 2012 Swimathon, and after some hopefully inspirational performances at the London 2012 Games by the likes of Fran Halsall, Rebecca Adlington et al, maybe even more girls will be compelled to take up the sport?

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