Swimathon 2018 update

My son and I have now completed Swimathon 2018 today at Hensingham pool.

I completed the 5,000 metre challenge in two hours and one minute, so I can now say that I have swum 5,000 metres for charity every year for twenty-five consecutive years.

My son John completed the 2,500 metre challenge. Well done, John.

The Swimathon is Britain’s largest charity swim, and gives people of very varied swimming abilities an opportunity to raise money for charity by swimming distances of up to 5,000 metres. It has supported various charities over the past thirty-one years - two years ago it supported Sports Relief for instance. The 2018 Swimathon event is in aid of Marie Curie, who look after thousands of terminally ill people, and also, for the first time, Cancer Research UK, one of the world’s leading cancer charities.

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness and their families, has been Swimathon's charity partner ten times since it launched in 1986 and the event has raised over £17 million for the charity through the event during that time.

In total Swimathon has raised £48 million pounds for 36 charities over the past thirty-one years - and we are hoping to break the £50 million barrier this weekend!

A big thank you to the people who have already sponsored me this year and those who sponsored me or any other Swimathon participant in the past.

You can still sponsor participants online via Justgiving, and if you're a UK taxpayer Gift Aid can be very easily added, so you can get Phil Hammond to give more money to cancer care!

My Justgiving page is at:


Jim said…
2 hours and one minute, you slacker Whiteside, you were meant to go for 2 hours :)

Obviously just kidding there, well Done Chris and well done John. The world is a better place for it.
Chris Whiteside said…

Thanks, Jim.
Chris Whiteside said…
And thanks both to you and to everyone else who has been kind enough to sponsor me.

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