Scarborough swimmers urged to ‘make a splash’ with Cancer Research Swimathon

All ages and abilities can take part in the sponsored event at pools across the region May 6-8, including Scarborough Sports Village (pictured), Whitby Leisure Center and Ryedale Swim & Fitness Center.

It encourages people of all ages and abilities to take part in the sponsored event, which will take place at pools across the region May 6-8, including Scarborough Sports Village, Whitby Leisure Center and Ryedale Swim and Fitness Center.

Offering a wide range of distances – from 400m to 30.9km – Swimathon offers a challenge for young and old, beginners and experienced swimmers. People can participate individually or as part of a team.

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Former Great Britain swimmer Mark Foster is urging people across the Yorkshire coast to take the plunge and register for Swimathon 2022.

Any swimmers unable to make it to one of the organized sessions can register for MySwimathon, which runs from April 29 to May 15, and choose a suitable time and location.

After another challenging year for the sport due to the effects of the pandemic, Mark is championing the positive power of swimming to help inspire people to get back into the pool.

He said: “Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise with a wide range of benefits for both physical and mental health and is accessible to people of all abilities and needs. So, whether you’re an avid pool swimmer, prefer to swim in open water, or are just starting out in the water, Swimathon is the perfect challenge for everyone. That’s why I’m asking everyone to get involved and experience the benefits of this fantastic sport while raising money for two great charities: Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.”

Swimathon is the world’s largest annual fundraiser for swimming. Since its launch in 1986, over 750,000 swimmers have taken part, raising over £55 million for charitable causes. This year the Swimathon Foundation will also donate £2.50 of the entrance fee from everyone who takes part in the official Swimathon venue to help protect these pools in the future.

Lisa Millett, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for Yorkshire, said: “It really doesn’t matter if you’re the strongest or the fastest, Swimathon is such a fun and easy way to get people to swim – all backed by causes that close to the hearts of many.

“One in two of us will get cancer*, but we can all support the research that beats it. From proving the link between smoking and cancer to laying the foundations for modern radiation therapy, our scientists have been at the forefront of cancer research for 120 years. And we don’t stop now. That’s why we’re calling on swimmers to dive this spring, raise money, and help us continue to invest in science today to provide tomorrow’s treatments. Together we will beat cancer.”

Nurse Marie Curie, Janet Lockhart and health assistant Amy Chellew will host the Swimathon this year, after originally planning to host it in 2020. Janet said:

“We decided to host Swimathon to raise money to support the amazing Marie Curie team and the people we care about. We have seen first hand how fundraising can help families in need of our support, so being able to do this for them and for those supported by Cancer Research UK is amazing. Swimming is a great way to get in shape and make money, so we’re really excited – we’ve been waiting two years to say we’ve completed Swimathon.”

Not only does participation help raise money, moderate exercise like swimming can help increase stamina, burn calories, and maintain a healthy body weight, which reduces the risk of a number of diseases, including cancer. Regular swimming is also good for your joints, can reduce stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve sleep.

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