Call for Entrants for Swimathon at Meadway and Central Swimming Pools

MEADWAY Leisure Centre and Central Swimming Pool are hosting a 30th Anniversary Swimathon Event in April.

Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual charity fundraising swim, is 30 years old this year.

Meadway Sports Centre and Central Swimming Pool will be two of more than 600 venues around the UK celebrating this landmark anniversary by hosting a Swimathon event. The 2017 event will take place over three days from 7th – 9th April.

It will be the first time Meadway Sports Centre and Central Swimming Pool have hosted a Swimathon.

The Reading Swimathon sessions, organised by Reading Council staff with support from the national Swimathon Foundation, will run at Central Swimming Pool on Saturday 8th April, between 3pm – 6pm and at Meadway Sports Centre on Sunday 9th April, between 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

Entrants can choose to take on individual 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k challenges or they can join forces with colleagues, friends or family members for a team 1.5k and 5k. The event is open to all ages and abilities.

Cllr Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Member for Sport, said: “This is the first time Reading Sport & Leisure has hosted a Swimathon and I’m sure it will be a fantastic sporting event as well as raising money for a very worthy cause. I encourage all local keen swimmers to sign up for the challenge today! All levels of fitness, all abilities and all ages are accounted for with our range of Swimathon challenges, so you don’t need to be an elite swimmer to enter.”

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.

The total fundraising amount over the previous 29 years currently stands at a staggering £46 million, which has been distributed amongst 36 different charities.

Registration is now open for Swimathon 2017. Participants can enter to take part at Meadway Sports Centre or Central Swimming Pool through the Swimathon website: Swimathon.org/participants/register 

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Photo call: The media are welcome to attend the Swimathon event on both days. There will be a photo call at 3pm at Central Swimming Pool on Saturday 8th April with Cllr Paul Gittings and Swimathon entrants.