Take a dive into world’s biggest Swimathon

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HUCKNALL fundraisers are gearing up to dive in at the deep end for the world’s biggest fundraising swim.

For the town’s Everyone Active pool at Hucknall Leisure Centre is hosting a weekend event as part of Swimathon 2012.

The challenge, which features various distances, will be in aid of either Marie Curie Cancer Care or Sport Relief.

Hucknall’s Swimathon is at the centre on Linby Road on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29. Closing date for signing up to take part is Wednesday April 25.

Distances open for Marie Curie include five-kilometre and two-and-a-half kilometre individual swims or a five-kilometre team event.

For Sport Relief, there is a Big Splash Mile.

The event is the most ambitious charity-based swimming event ever.

To mark Swimathon’s 25th anniversary, it has combined with the British Swimming Association and the BBC’s ‘Big Splash’ event.

Funds raised for Marie Curie will provide free nursing care and support for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses, while money raised for Sport Relief will help people leading incredibly tough lives both in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.

Backing has come from model Jodie Kidd and London 2012 Olympic ambassador, Duncan Goodhew, who launched the event by swimming the first two lengths at London’s Oasis Sports Centre.

Swimathon is also touted as the perfect way to kickstart a new health regime as swimming, whatever your ability, is a great form of exercise and is relaxing for the mind and body.

It also helps to build endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness.

To register for Swimathon, log on at www.swimathon.org.