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Jump in for Swimathon 2017!

March 10, 2017

Swimmers across Lisburn & Castlereagh are being encouraged to make a splash at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and raise vital funds for Marie Curie, one of the UK’s leading charities for people living with a terminal illness and their families. 

The Swimathon event, which will take place between Friday 7th and Sunday 9th April, is calling swimmers of all ages and abilities to challenge themselves in a choice of individual or relay disciplines.  Distances include 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k in the individual events or 5k or 1.5k in the relay.

Councillor Tim Morrow, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Leisure & Community Development Committee is encouraging people to head down to Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and take up the challenge: “Swimathon is a fantastic opportunity to bring together swimmers young and old to get active and raise vital funds for Marie Curie.  Swimming is a great way to improve your fitness therefore Swimathon provides an ideal event to set yourself a personal challenge or enjoy an activity with the whole family.”

“The Council is delighted to support the 30th anniversary of Swimathon and I hope people from Lisburn & Castlereagh are encouraged to take part in the challenge and help support the continued work of the charity as it cares for individuals living with a terminal illness in our community.”

Phil Kane, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie added, “We’re looking for swimmers to help make this the biggest and best Swimathon yet.  In 2015, 22,600 swimmers took part and helped raise a brilliant £1.9 million for Marie Curie – a fantastic achievement but one we are hoping to beat this year.”

Sessions are available at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Friday 7th April at 6pm, Saturday 8th April at 10am and 2pm and Sunday 9th April at 2pm.  To register for the Swimathon at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, please visit