Are you set for this year’s Swimathon

Duncan Goodhew, MBE, and Linda Barker.
Duncan Goodhew, MBE, and Linda Barker.

Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is back for 2015 and swimmers across the country are poised to take to one of the over 600 participating pools and raise vital funds for Marie Curie.

Taking place across the weekend of 17-19 April, this year’s event is set to be the biggest yet.

Marie Curie is encouraging people in Coleraine to put on their swim suits and head down to the Coleraine Leisure Centre and take on a Swimathon Challenge. Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k individual or Team 5k or 1.5k swims and raise funds for Marie Curie.

Commenting on the event, Ciara Gallagher, Head of Fundraising at Marie Curie said: “Swimathon is a fantastic event and one that gets great support.

“The money raised will go directly to our services, and will allow us to delivery specialist nursing care top people living with a terminal illness right across Northern Ireland.”

Olympic gold medalist Duncan Goodhew and TV presenter and interior designer Linda Barker are heading up this year’s campaign.

Duncan Goodhew, MBE, Olympic gold medalist, said: “Swimathon provides a fantastic opportunity to bring together swimmers of all abilities and demonstrates year on year that anyone can achieve their goal regardless of their ability, while raising funds for a good cause.”