Still time to take the plunge at the Swimathon Weekend, 2012.

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By Lynn_Shepherd | Friday, April 20, 2012, 10:58

There's still time for swimmers to dive into the world's biggest fundraising swim at Derbyshire Dales District Council's leisure centres in Bakewell and Matlock at the end of this month.

Swimathon Weekend, 2012, hits 645 pools across the UK, from 27-29 April, raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sport Relief.

In its 25th anniversary year, Swimathon has joined forces with British Swimming and the BBC's Big Splash, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sport Relief, to promote what is hoped will be the biggest Swimathon Weekend ever.

To celebrate the big fund-raiser, the District Council's leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock will be charging only £1 for public swimming sessions on the three days of Swimathon weekend.

Derbyshire Dales District Council is dedicating Arc Leisure Matlock's eight-lane competition main pool to the fund-raising event on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April, while the District Council's Bakewell Swimming Pool is embracing the Swimathon on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April.

Swimmers will be helping to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care through Swimathon's established 5k, 2.5k and Team 5k Distance Challenges and for Sport Relief through the new 'Big Splash Mile'.

Chairman of Derbyshire Dales District Council's Community & Environment Committee Councillor Steve Bull said, "Promoting healthy lifestyles is important to the District Council and it's going to be fantastic to see so many people in our community getting into our pools in three Dales towns for this fundraising challenge. People taking part will be having fun, keeping fit and raising money for great causes – and we're encouraging as many people as possible to enjoy our pools by charging only £1 for swimming across the Swimathon weekend."

Funds raised through the Swimathon Distance Challenges for Marie Curie Cancer Care will provide free nursing care and support for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. The charity expects to care for over 31,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year.

Money raised by the public for the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief will be spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives at home in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

Swimathon Weekend President, Duncan Goodhew, said, "We all know that sports such as swimming will enjoy their time in the limelight this year. With 2012 also being our 25th Anniversary year, we'd love to add to the half a million people who have taken part so far, by asking everyone to dive into pools up and down the country."

Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington said, "The Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief is not only a great way to raise money it is also a good way to encourage people to get into swimming. A Mile is not that far - anyone can do it!"

Entry for the Swimathon Weekend, 2012, closes on Wednesday 25th April. To enter, sponsor a swimmer, or to find out more, visit



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