Swimathon March 2020

A challenge for everyone - A swim for all!

Enter Swimathon 2020 and join Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie to raise as much money as possible for two causes close to the nation’s hearts.

Swimathon 2020 will take place across the UK from Friday March 27 - Sunday March 29 and with distances from 400m to 5k, there is a Swimathon challenge for you.

Previously Swimathon has attracted over 700,000 swimmers across the UK raising money for charity, and this year welcomes Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK as its joint charity partners. 

Registration is now open for Swimathon 2020. Participants can enter to take part at  selected Freedom Leisure Pools through the Swimathon website.

Get your training in and prepare yourself for the big weekend.


Individual Challenges


(25m pool)
400m 16 In its third year a now staple Swimathon distance returns: the 400m swim. If you haven't swum for a while, our 400m challenge is just the one for you. It’s the equivalent of 16 lengths of a 25m pool and will remind you why you love swimming so much!

1.5k 60 A great challenge for novice swimmers or those who prefer to push their speed on shorter distances. If you fancy working your way up to 60 lengths of a 25m pool, whilst raising vital funds for our charities, then this is for you.
2.5k 100 If you’re looking to go to great lengths to get sponsored, then 100 lengths of a 25m pool is for you. So jump in and make some proper fundraising waves. 

5k 200 This is the ultimate Swimathon challenge and by far the most popular Swimathon distance. It takes dedication, commitment and a good training programme to complete 5k. And, because 200 lengths of a 25m pool will leave everyone, including you, breathless, your efforts will be rewarded with lots of sponsorship and an awesome 5k medal at the end!

Triple 5k Challenge 600 After last year’s huge success with our brand-new challenge, it is back by popular demand – The Triple 5k. Swim 5k THREE times, each at different Swimathon sessions. Definitely not for the faint hearted! This distance is suitable for regular swimmers who are capable and confident of taking on longer distances. Putting in the hours of training for this distance is highly recommended

Team Challenges

friends - family - club - workplace - who could you swim with?


(25m pool)
1.5k 60

Take on 60 lengths of a 25m pool in a relay with your friends or family. Tell everyone you know and then watch your sponsorship total come along swimmingly

5k 200 Round up your water-loving friends and take on 200 lengths of a 25m pool together. Then lap up the sponsorship money and the glory and wear your 5k medals with pride!