With Swimathon 2011 just around the corner, The Health Hydro is encouraging people in Swindon to take part in their sessions on Saturday 9 April. The Health Hydro is one of 580 pools across the UK taking part in Swimathon, from the 8–10 April 2011. Take on the swim of your life, and join thousands of other swimmers in the world’s biggest fundraising swim for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation.
Why not enter Swimathon 2011 and get fit for spring. Swimming is proven to be a great form of exercise whatever your ability, to help you relax your mind and body, and to help build endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness.
For those who prefer to cheer on from the sidelines, they can still do their bit to sponsor local people who are taking on the Swimathon challenge by going to ‘sponsor a swimmer’ on www.swimathon.org. Alternatively, they can volunteer to be a lap counter (email email@example.com) at Health Hydro in Milton Road.
The majority of funds raised will allow Marie Curie Nurses to provide free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own home or in one of the charity’s hospices.
Cllr Fionuala Foley, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Corporate Services, said: ‘Swimathon is the perfect event to train for, and participate in with your friends and family, because you can set yourself a challenge and raise money for charity at the same time.’
Duncan Goodhew emphasises that, ‘Swimathon is a great way of raising money to help thousands of terminally ill people across the UK. Swimming is also up with the highest calorie burning activities, such as running: it works and tones your entire body. It also promotes more supple, flexible muscles, tendons and ligaments, which has long term health gains. So shake off those winter blues, get down to your local leisure centre and start training for the swim of your life.’
Swimathon 2011 is open to everyone, encouraging people to challenge themselves to swim 1.5k, 2.5k or the ultimate 5k. For those interested in joining forces with friends, colleagues or family, the Team 5k challenge can also be completed by up to five people together. Take the plunge and help make Swimathon 2011 a huge success.
To find out more about Swimathon or to enter the 2011 challenge visit www.swimathon.org.