Entries for the 25th annual Swimathon have opened with TV presenter, model and keen swimmer Jodie Kidd and London 2012 Ambassador Duncan Goodhew swimming the first two lengths at Oasis Sports Centre in London to launch the build-up.
The event again joins forces with Marie Curie Cancer Care and, for the first time, the BBC’s and British Swimming’s Big Splash, and Sport Relief, to give thousands of swimmers the opportunity to raise vital funds through Swimathon’s traditional distance challenges and the new Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief.
Swimathon Weekend 2012 hits 649 pools across the UK between April 27-29.
Last year, 287 swimmers took part across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire and collectively raised a fantastic £14,596.74 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Duncan Goodhew said: “We all know that sports such as swimming will enjoy their time in the limelight this year.
“2012 also being our 25th anniversary year, we’d love to add to the half a million people who have taken part in the event so far, to dive into pools up and down the country.”
Local pools such as Arc Leisure Matlock and Bakewell Swimming Pool will be involved.
Swimmer entry is open at www.swimathon.org until April 25.