Take the plunge for Swimathon

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Swimmers in Arbroath will take the plunge at Arbroath Sports Centre next March to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon.

From Friday to Sunday, March 21 to 23, the Swimathon will take place in over 600 pools across the UK. It is the UK’s biggest fund-raising swimming event with thousands of people jumping into pools around the country.

Individuals can choose to swim distances of 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k. For those who prefer a team challenge, you could also form a relay squad to tackle the 1.5k and 5k distances with your friends and lap up the glory.

Alternatively, if you are unable to take part in one of the 600 Swimathon pools, try SimplySwim, which lets you choose your distance and complete your challenge at any pool.

To really make your swimming challenge count, don’t forget to get sponsored. The money you raise will go to Sport Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and around the world.

Gail Mallarkey, Arbroath facility manager, explained: “The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon is a fantastic way to bring our community together, while providing ample opportunity to get fit and healthy in the pool.

“Arbroath residents can take the plunge themselves or along with family and friends to complete a swimming challenge of their choice, be it 200m or 5k, all while raising funds for those in need.”

2012 Paralympian and four-time Paralympic gold medal winner Ellie Simmonds OBE is also backing the event and encouraging the nation to take a dip.

She commented: “I’m really keen on making swimming accessible for everyone and there is a challenge to suit all levels of expertise. I’d encourage people to take the plunge and make every length count by being sponsored and do their bit for Sport Relief!”

Enter the Swimathon today and benefit from limited half price entry at www.swimathon.org