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What challenges are available?

Swimathon is designed to suit all levels of fitness, ability and age. For MySwimathon 2020, you can swim one of our traditional set distances (Individual 400m, Individual 1.5k, Individual 2.5k, Individual 5k, Team 1.5k, Team 5k) or if you prefer, then you can select literally any distance you’d like from 10m up! This is your swim, your way.

How much does it cost to register?

Entry TypeStandardConcession*
Individual 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k & 5k£14.00£10.50
Team 1.5k &5k£28.00£21.00
Own distance£14.00£10.50

* Denotes concessionary price for unemployed, under 16s, disabled, full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 years and above. For team concessions, the majority (over half) must fall into one of these categories to qualify for the concessionary price. Teams are not separated into age specific categories. Please note: Concession prices will not apply during the 50% discount period

Please note: you will have to pay your venue’s normal entry fee every time you swim – the above Swimathon registration fee does not cover your venue entry fee. As a swimming community, let’s rally together to support our amazing UK swimming facilities!

What is the equivalent of my challenge in pool lengths?


* Of a standard 25m pool

Where is Swimathon held?

MySwimathon 2020 is a fully virtual event designed to keep everyone safe and socially distanced during Covid-19 restrictions. That means you can take part at your local indoor pool, outdoor pool or open water venue! This is your challenge, your way.

With pools reopening across the UK at differing times, please view your chosen venue's new operating systems prior to your swim. You will need to book your swim and read through any precautionary guidance before taking on your challenge through your venue’s website/app offering. If you have any questions on booking your swim, please contact your chosen venue directly. You can also consult our Swimming Guidance page here for back to the water information.

When will my local venue reopen?

Outdoor swimming pools are able to begin reopening from Saturday 11 July and indoor pools from 25 July. Many pools may not be ready to open as soon as they are allowed. Open water venues have been operating since early July.

It will also be the case that when swimming pools are permitted to reopen, many may still not be able to do so for financial reasons. Please check with your local operator about the opening arrangements for your local pool.

How long will I have to complete my swim?

You can take on your challenge from today until Saturday 31 October – inclusive! You don’t have to complete your swim in one go, multiple sessions are allowed, so you can accumulate your distances over any number of swims.

I signed up for the Triple 5k challenge before 27 March 2020. Can I still take part?

If you have the accessibility to the required number of swimming sessions to complete your Triple 5k challenge, then we are happy for you to complete the challenge once the UK swimming facilities reopen. If you are no longer able to complete the Triple 5k due to the restrictions, then you will be able to change your distance in your swimmer login area to a shorter distance of your choice. MySwimathon will not be including a Triple 5k option for new participants.

How many people can make up a team?

Teams can be made up of 2-5 people.

Please note: you and your teammates may need to complete your own portion of your team total separately and on different days due to social distancing and venue availability. This isn’t a problem for submitting your result though – simply combine your times and submit your overall team time in your captain’s swimmer login area.

How do I register my team?

The team manager must create the team. Once the team is registered and paid for by the manager, they can then invite team members through their participant dashboard.

What are the rules?

Click here to view the Swimathon rules.

Can I get any training advice?

It is very important to train before taking part in any sporting event. Visit the training zone for 10-week and 5-week training plans for all our set distances, which have beginner, intermediate and advanced versions. Our training zone also contains training tips from Duncan Goodhew and Jolyon Finck.

Remember that you have from today until Saturday 31 October to complete your challenge, and you can complete it over multiple sessions, so there’s plenty of time to brush up on your skills following your absence from the water! Our advice is to return the water sensibly and where possible undertake some training swims, prior to taking on your challenge.

Is there an age limit?

Swimathon welcomes all ages and abilities*. It doesn’t matter if you can swim one length or two hundred, Swimathon has the challenge for you - because you can design it yourself!

* Under 16s must be entered and accompanied by an adult (where possible under updated venue operating procedures). Please check with your chosen venue regarding their own age limit rules, particularly due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Will I receive a medal?

All swimmers will receive a medal for completing their challenge.

If you registered for an organised Swimathon session before 27 March 2020, please click here to find out how you will receive/collect your medal.

If you already signed up for MySwimathon before 27 March 2020 or have registered since 28 July 2020, you will be sent your medal via post after uploading your challenge time online. Please bear with us, as we will be sending medals out in batches every couple of weeks.

Will I receive a certificate?

All swimmers will be able to download their personal certificates from their Swimmer Login Area after the event.

Check out our new virtual downloads as well which include a virtual medal and social media image.

I signed up before 27 March 2020 and so don’t have my swim cap. How do I get one?

The postponement of our event back in March came tantalisingly close to our planned Swimathon event weekend. Therefore, a significant number of our caps were sent out to over 600 venues nationwide. The campaign is owned by the Swimathon Foundation, a charitable organisation, and therefore the financial implications to either retrieve or produce new swimming caps is simply beyond us. So, we need your support!

Our goal is for anyone who originally signed up to a Swimathon challenge at an organised Swimathon session, to collect your cap from the venue you initially registered at. With pools opening at different times over the coming weeks, or some sadly not opening at all, we will be working with our partner venues to confirm whether they are able to host a Swimathon collection point at their centres. Please be patient with us and our partner UK swimming facilities. We will then communicate with you in the first week of September as to how you will receive/collect your cap.

How do I register?

Click here to sign up for MySwimathon 2020!

When does registration close?

We have a limited number of swimming caps and medals available so sign up now to secure yours. Entries will close once these are gone!

Which credit/debit cards do you accept?

Swimathon accepts Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa and Visa Debit. 

I'd like to swim more than once over different days...

MySwimathon 2020 is more flexible than ever before! To allow you to safely and enjoyably complete your challenge, you can swim over multiple sessions across multiple days, so you can accumulate your distance over any number of swims.

I can no longer take part in the event. Will I get my money back?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have changed our refund policy. Please contact info@swimathon.org to see what your options are.

What measures are being put in place to ensure that Swimathon 2020 is safe for participants considering the ongoing Covid-19 situation?

Given the ongoing and changing nature of the current Covid-19 virus outbreak, we are regularly liaising with our partner UK swimming venues and keeping abreast of Public Health England guidance. Click here to view our Swimming Guidance page.

Please ensure when you book a swim session at your chosen venue that you read through any precautionary guidance specific to that venue or operator. If you have any specific questions, please contact your chosen venue directly, from the 25 July.

I am no longer comfortable taking part in Swimathon this year. What can I do?

At this point in time the advice from the Government, public health authorities and swimming’s governing bodies is that events like Swimathon are safe to deliver in a socially distanced manner. Given that we have removed organised Swimathon sessions for 2020 and given all participants until 31 October to complete their challenge over as many or as few swims as they wish; we are comfortable that in taking these and many other necessary precautionary steps, and by liaising regularly with health & safety professionals, that Swimathon is safe for you to participate in.

Can I change from an individual to a team registration and vice versa?

As stated in the Terms and Conditions, if you have registered as an individual entry, it is not possible to change this to a team entry. You will need to re-register as a team and contact Swimathon to cancel your individual entry. If you have registered as a team entry, it is not possible to change this to an individual entry. You will need to re-register as an individual and contact the Swimathon team to cancel your team entry. A refund will not be given for your first entry. 

If I want to change my challenge distance, how can I do that?

This year we have made it easier than ever for you! You can simply log in to your Swimathon profile to change your challenge distance.

Where does the money go?

Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie will receive at least 70% of the total funds raised by Swimathon. The Swimathon Foundation will receive the balance of the funds raised by the Swimathon participants which it uses to fund its operating expenses as the owner of the Swimathon Event and to offer Swimathon Foundation Community Grants to promote swimming participation in communities around Swimathon hosted pools. 

Are there any fundraising rewards?

Fundraise £300 through your Swimathon JustGiving page and you will receive an exclusive Swimathon 2020 towel! These towels are sent as a thank you for raising such an incredible amount of money for two causes close to the nation’s heart. Without generous donations from the public, our charity partners would not be able to support people living with cancer and other terminal illnesses. Your fundraising will help both Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie to continue their vital work.

Please note: team fundraising is based on raising an average of £300+ per team member to receive your exclusive Swimathon towels. Terms and conditions apply.

The fundraising deadline to receive your fundraising rewards for Swimathon 2020 is Friday 13 November 2020. Only online fundraising is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward. Offline fundraising will not be considered for incentive rewards.

If I qualify for a reward, when will I receive it?

Towels are being sent out fortnightly from January 2020 once you fundraise £300. Please note that the fundraising deadline is Friday 13 November 2020.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our delivery schedule has been impacted so there may be a delay in receiving your limited edition Swimathon 2020 towel. We will email you to keep you informed when deliveries restart.

Please see terms and conditions for full details of fundraising rewards. 

Is there an exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt?

For the first time this year, you can purchase your exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt prior to your swim.

The exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt costs £20 including VAT and postage. £10 from every sale will go directly to Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie and the Swimathon Foundation. Please note this will not be included in your fundraising total on your Swimathon JustGiving page. Purchase your t-shirt here.

Is there a size chart for the exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt?

Please use the size chart below when purchasing your exclusive Swimathon 2020 t-shirt:

SizeAgeChest SizeWomen's UK size
Child Small7-830"
Child Medium9-1132"
Child Large12-1334"
Adult Small35-38"UK 10
Adult Medium37-40"UK 12
Adult Large40-43"UK 14
Adult XL43-45"UK 16

How can I check if I have set up my Swimathon JustGiving page?

You can check if your JustGiving page has been set up through your swimmer profile area. Follow the below steps to check yours. 

  1. Log in to your profile through Swimathon.org. 
  2. Click on 'Manage My Challenge' in your Swimathon profile area at Swimathon.org. 
  3. Select 'Fundraising' on the menu on the left-hand side. 
  4. If you have set up a JustGiving page you will be given the option to ‘View Fundraising Page’. If you have not, select ‘Create Fundraising Page’ and follow the steps. 

How can I link my JustGiving page to my Swimathon account?

If you didn’t set up your JustGiving page when you registered but created one later on, you will be able to link it to your Swimathon account by logging in to your swimmer profile area. You will need to click on ‘Manage my Challenge,’ select ‘Fundraising’ on the menu on the left-hand side and just follow the instructions to link your pages together.

How do I share my JustGiving page with my friends, family and colleagues?

To find your Swimathon JustGiving page go to the fundraising section of your swimmer login area. You can find this on the left-hand menu once you’ve clicked ‘Manage My Challenge’. Click ‘View Fundraising Page’ at the bottom of the page to go to your JustGiving page. Share the URL with your friends and family by simply copying and pasting the URL to email and social media to get donations and raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. 

Is my donation for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie when I register added to my JustGiving page?

The donation for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie you can make before the payment page of your registration will not be added to your JustGiving page when you have set it up. 

If you wish for the donation to count towards your fundraising rewards, please set up your JustGiving page first and donate the amount directly on that. 

How can we link our team’s JustGiving pages together?

To create a team page, your team captain should login to their swimmer profile area here. Within the ‘Fundraising’ menu they can select to create a team JustGiving page by linking all team members pages. Please note donations must still be made on each team members JustGiving page and not on the team’s page. 

Can I fundraise for any charity?

The official charity partners of Swimathon 2020 are Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Participants of the event should fundraise for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie only. 

Where can I find the offline fundraising sponsorship form?

If you are taking part in Swimathon and want to collect money in person, just click here to download your sponsorship form.* 

Don’t forget that you can pay in any cash you have collected into your JustGiving Page when they are up and running using a credit or debit card.

*Please note that only online fundraising through a Swimathon JustGiving page is counted towards your qualification for a fundraising reward. 

Where shall I send my offline fundraising?

Cheques will need to be made payable to either Cancer Research UK or Marie Curie and sent to one of the below addresses:
Swimathon Team
Cancer Research UK
PO Box 1561
Swimathon Team
Marie Curie
PO BOX 23897
14 Links Place

All offline income paid in either charity will go towards the total income raised and split as follows:

Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie will receive at least 70% of the total funds raised by Swimathon. The Swimathon Foundation will receive the balance of the funds raised by the Swimathon participants which it uses to fund its operating expenses as the owner of the Swimathon Event and to offer swimathon Foundation Community Grants to promote swimming participation in communities aroung Swimathon hosted pools.

What is Swimathon’s position on sustainability?

Swimathon recognises its responsibility towards the planet and is committed to doing everything we can to reduce the impact of the event on the environment. You can read our full environmental sustainability policy here.