Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is 30 years old this year, and Better’s Link Centre and Health Hydro will be amongst more than 600 venues around the UK celebrating this landmark by hosting a Swimathon event.

The 2017 event will take place over three days from 7 – 9 April. The total fundraising amount over the previous 29 years of Swimathon currently stands at a staggering £46 million, which has been distributed amongst 36 different charities.

In 2017, Link Centre and Health Hydro will host Swimathon for the 3rd time, as they welcome swimmers to take part in one of the four sessions available over the event weekend. Great Britain’s  Para-Swimmer, Craig Harris, will be present at the Health Hydro for this year’s event.

Speaking about Swimathon 2017, Cheryl Pottinger, Sports Programme and Events Manager for BETTER Swindon, said “We are excited to offer the opportunity for local swimmers to take part in this anniversary event. Swimmers can take part on their own or as part of a team, to swim 1.5K, 2.5K or 5K.

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.

Registration is now open for Swimathon 2017. Participants can enter to take part at the Link Centre or Health Hydro through the Swimathon website. Swimathon.org/participants/register