Padiham Swimathon set to make big charity splash

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Swimmers hoping to make a big splash for charity are being urged to join in the Padiham Swimathon this weekend.

But organisers say there is still time to enter the world’s biggest fund-raising swim before registration closes on Wednesday.

The event will see swimmers raising money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity through the Swimathon’s 5k, 2.5k,

1.5k and Team 5k and 1.5k distance challenges.

Garry Stein, leisure centre manager says: “It’s going to be fantastic to see so many people in our community getting in the pool to take on a challenge. People taking part will be having fun, as well as raising money for a great cause.”

Olympic swimming legend and Swimathon president Duncan Goodhew said: “Following a fantastic Olympic year, it’s important that sports such as swimming continue to be in the limelight.

“Looking to improve on a record breaking Swimathon year in 2012, 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. These amazing people have raised more than £38m. for charity to date.”

Entry for Swimathon 2013 closes on Wednesday. To enter, sponsor a swimmer, or to find out more please visit