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Get In The Swim At Your Local Pool In Aid Of Sport Relief
Dig out those speedos and water wings and get ready to make a splash in aid of a great cause.

People in the Lichfield area of Staffordshire are being urged to start training in readiness for a swimming challenge at the city's Friary Grange Leisure Centre on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March.

Duncan Goodhew, Swimathon 2016
Former Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew prepares for Swimathon 2016

Local swimmers of all ages and abilities are being asked to take part in the Sainsbury's Swimathon 2016, which aims to raise money in aid of Sport Relief.

The UK's biggest fundraising swimming event will see thousands of people taking the plunge at hundreds of pools around the country between March 18 and 20, including Lichfield's Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre pool
Lichfield's Friary Grange Leisure Centre pool hosts Swimathon in March

Registration for Swimathon has now opened, with people able to enter the event as an individual or as a team, with challenges designed to suit all levels of fitness, abilities and ages.

Individuals can swim either 1.5k, 2.5km or 5k, or they can form a team of between two and five people and swim 1.5k or 5k. There is also the option to swim any amount by signing up to Simply Swim.

Duncan Goodhew
Duncan Goodhew models the official Swimathon 2016 t-shirt

Olympic gold medal swimmer and London 2012 Ambassador Duncan Goodhew MBE, is spearheading the campaign in his role as Swimathon President.

He said: "Swimathon provides motivation and a personal challenge to swimmers nationwide. It also offers a goal to train for, a target to achieve and a great cause to support."

Swimathon, Duncan Goodhew
Duncan Goodhew puts fellow swimmers through their paces

Swimathon is a nationwide swimming challenge that has been encouraging swimmers throughout the UK to swim a distance challenge since its first event in 1986.

Since then, more than half a million swimmers have taken part and collectively raised more than £40 million for charitable causes.

Swimathon 2014
People enjoying the Swimathon 2014 event

Sport Relief is the official charity partner for Swimathon.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre's Swimathon will take place between 6pm and 9pm on Saturday 19 March and between 8am and 11am on Sunday 20 March.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre
Get swimming at Friary Grange Leisure Centre in Lichfield

To enter it costs £12 for an adult, £9 concession, and £26 for a team or £19.50 for a concession team. Visit to register, start training and raising sponsorship.
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Why? Get Swimming In Aid Of A Great Cause
When: 18-20 March 2016
Phone: 0845 36 700 36
Where: Friary Grange Leisure Centre, Eastern Avenue, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7SQ
Cost: £12 for adults, £9 concession, £26 for a team or £19.50 concession
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