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Impulse Leisure rallies swimmers for 2014 swimathon

CALLING all swimmers in Thurrock… will you be taking the plunge at Impulse Leisure Blackshots Pool on Sunday 23rd March 2014? Why not take on the challenge and enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon.

The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon is the UK’s biggest fundraising swimming event, which sees thousands of people jumping into pools around the country. From Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014, The Swimathon will be taking place in more than 600 pools across the UK including – for the very first time – the Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

If you would like to take part in the 2014 event at Impulse Leisure Blackshots Pool, you can choose from 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k individual distances. For those who prefer a team challenge, you could also form a relay squad to tackle the 1.5k and 5k distances with your water-loving friends.

Alternatively, if you are unable to take part in one of the 600 Swimathon pools, try SimplySwim, which lets you choose your distance and complete your challenge at any pool.

To really make your swimming challenge count, don’t forget to get sponsored. The money you raise will go to Sport Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and around the world.

Dave Griffiths, Impulse Leisure Blackshots Manager, says: “The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon is a fantastic way to bring our community together, while providing local people with a reason to swim more, helping them get fit and healthy in the pool. Thurrock residents can take the plunge to complete a swimming challenge of their choice, be it 200m or 5k, all while raising funds for those in need.”

To help swimmers train for their chosen distance, Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon President Duncan Goodhew MBE is on hand to offer his expert advice and encouragement. Four time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds OBE is also backing the event and encouraging the nation to take a dip.

Ellie Simmonds commented: “I’m really keen on making swimming accessible for everyone and there is a challenge to suit all levels of expertise at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon. I’d encourage people to take the plunge and make every length count by being sponsored to take on the challenge and do their bit for Sport Relief!”

Duncan Goodhew commented: “Swimmers of all ages and abilities can take on a challenge in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon. Whether it’s a length of their local swimming pool or the Team 5k – every length counts. With 600 pools taking part this year, there is even more opportunity to train early for your challenge, while raising much needed cash for Sport Relief.”

Enter the Swimathon today and benefit from limited half price entry* at


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