Last chance to enter Sunderland Swimathon

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AQUANAUTS looking to dive into a huge charity swim must get their entries in today.

Teams of up to six people are being encouraged to take the plunge and sign up to swim in a relay of 25metre lengths for one hour at the Big Swimathon, which takes place at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre from 7am until 7pm on Friday, July 5.

Entry is £12 per team, and spectators can go along and support for free. Individuals can also register for £2, subject to available lane space, and can be part of a team made up on the day.

Participants can choose the hour they wish to swim so whether they are early birds or late-starters there is something for everyone, so they can swim, have fun and raise money for their chosen charity.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture, said: “Swimming is a great inclusive sport which almost anyone can enjoy. Teams can be made up of friends, family, work colleagues, sports clubs – basically anyone who wants to take part.”

A host of rules have been drafted up to ensure the event passes safely, including all those taking part must be able to swim 25 metres unaided without the need for buoyancy aids, and teams with members under the age of 16 should be have an adult as part of their group.

Last year’s teams included triathletes, schoolchildren, fund-raising Brownie packs and workplaces entering as part of team-building exercises. Entry forms must be submitted by today, and they, along with the terms and conditions of the event, can be downloaded from

Other Big Events this year have included a mini fun run and a bike ride, with a walk to be held on September 8. For more details, contact the Active Sunderland office on 561 4590.