Sign up now for St Albans Swimathon in aid of Sport Relief

People of all ages and fitness levels are invited to take part in the 2016 Swimathon

People of all ages and fitness levels are invited to take part in the 2016 Swimathon - Credit: Archant

Budding swimmers of the district are being encouraged to get fit and raise money for charity in the world’s biggest swim next month.

Westminster Lodge will be hosting its annual ‘Swimathon’ for Sport Relief between March 18 - 20 alongside 600 other venues nationwide.

Families, friends and individuals can sign up to take on distances ranging from 1.5k to 5k, and can split the lengths among members in whatever way they choose.

Swimathon started in 1986 and in the 30 years since, more than half a million swimmers have taken part and about £40 million has been raised for charity.

Councillor Annie Brewster, St Albans council’s portfolio holder for sport, heritage and leisure, said: “The Swimathon is a marvellous event that promotes two good causes – health and Sport Relief.

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“People can have a great time, raise funds for charity and take on an enjoyable physical challenge all at the same time. I am sure there will be a great turn out.”

Teams or individual can sign up to take part in swims between 6pm on Friday, March 18, to 10pm on Sunday, March 20.

For further information on the Swimathon and to register, visit here or here.

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