Brush up your breaststroke and get set for Swimathon

Sophie Holmes was the highest fundraiser under 16 in the 2013 Swimathon. She is presented with her award at Buckingham Civic Day
Sophie Holmes was the highest fundraiser under 16 in the 2013 Swimathon. She is presented with her award at Buckingham Civic Day

Get out your goggles and brush up your breaststroke – it’s time to get ready for the year’s big charity swim.

The fourth Buckingham Swimathon takes place on Saturday, March 14, at the Swan Pool.

Organised by Buckingham Rotary Club, the Swimathon aims to raise £10,000 for local charities and good causes.

Swimmers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part in the fun challenge, which has so far raised over £28,000 for local charities and groups.

Swimmers are asked to raise team sponsorship, with half the money raised going towards the Swimathon’s four chosen good causes, while the other half will go to charities nominated by the swimmers themselves.

The four main beneficiaries are Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers (YC2),; Buckingham, Winslow & District Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Buckingham Youth Centre and Florrie’s Children’s Team – a team of paediatric nurses who provide vital home­-based care and support to sick children affected by life­-limiting illness, often ‘round the clock’.

Schools, companies, clubs and individuals are invited to enter teams of six, with teams of all ages going head­ to ­head in 55-minute time slots to try and swim as many laps as possible in the allocated time.

Registration costs £5 per swimmer.

There is no minimum age but swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of one length (25 metres) and under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

If you want to take part but don’t have a team, simply enter yourself as an individual, and the

event organisers will match you up with other individuals to form a team.

Enter online at www.buckinghamswim.com or pick up a registration form at the Swan Pool reception.

To find out more, call the Swan Pool on 01296 738232.