SWIMMING: SWIM enthusiasts from across the borough are being invited to pull on their trunks and goggles in the name of charity.
This year’s World’s Biggest Swim is hoping to topple the extraordinary heights achieved last time out, with Woking’s watermen, women, boys and girls all urged to splash their way to charity cash.
This year’s Swimathon, which will be held at the Pool in the Park, will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 17, 18 and 19, so there is plenty of time to set up a team or train for a personal challenge. The event, which was established in 1986, will raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The event offers a range of distances and challenges to suit swimmers of all fitness levels. Individuals can choose from 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km distances, and there are also team challenge courses of 1.5km and 5km. Teams can split the distance however they choose to cater for the strongest and weakest swimmers in the squad.
Swimmers looking for a helping hand with their technique or with putting together a training plan can visit the centre where Freedom Leisure staff – operators of the Pool in the Park – will be on hand to offer training advice leading up to the April event, and on the day of the event, the Freedom Leisure team will be out in force to encourage and support swimmers.
Swimming is already regarded as one of the best total-body exercises for health and fitness. Not only does regular swimming challenge the heart and lungs, it also trains muscular strength and endurance.
“We are delighted to support the Swimathon again this year,” says Freedom Leisure Centre Manager, Catherine Bowyer. “People of all ages and abilities can take part and it’s a great opportunity to raise money for charity while enjoying a fantastic workout.
“Marie Curie is a truly worthwhile cause so we are encouraging as many people in Woking as possible to set up a team, take the plunge and join in the Swimathon fun.”
FOR further information on the Pool in the Park hosted Swimathon and to register go online to www.freedom-leisure.co.uk or www.swimathon.org.