Hornchurch swimmers take part in world’s biggest charity swim

PUBLISHED: 16:59 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:59 11 April 2017

Participants celebrate at the end of the Swimathon.

Participants celebrate at the end of the Swimathon.


Dozens of swimmers joined forces over the weekend to take part in the world’s biggest charity swim and to raise money for charity.

Everyone Active Swimathon.Everyone Active Swimathon.

Seasoned swimmers and beginners alike participated in the ‘Swimathon’, which first began 30 years ago, at Hornchurch Sports Centre, in Harrow Lodge Park, from Friday to Sunday.

More than half a million people up and down the country took part in the event with participants swimming lengths of 1.5kilometres (km), 2.5km and 5km to raise money for Marie Curie.

Steve Cox, contract manager for Everyone Active, the organisation that runs the Swimathon and Hornchurch Sports Centre, said: “We were delighted to see so many people take to the water in Havering.

“There was a great atmosphere with lots of family and friends cheering the swimmers on, and I would like to congratulate all those who trained so hard to complete their challenge.”

More than £46million has been raised for charity through Swimathons over the last three decades.

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