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A long weekend at Swimathon 2010

On the weekend of 16 to 18 April the annual national Swimathon took place. It is an event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care where swimmers of all abilities can either individually or as part as a team, choose to swim 1.5, 2.5 or 5km. I chose to do the 5km individual swim. Apparently this is broadly equivalent to doing a half marathon, although I would rather swim the 13 miles than run it.

To make it a really difficult personal challenge I completed the 5km swim five times over the weekend. In total, this was 1,000 lengths of a 25m swimming pool in 48 hours. I am a 36-year-old mother of two with a full-time job as a pensions actuary, so I am hardly a youngster with boundless energy. This was a really difficult personal challenge and it was very hard to keep going, but I did it for the cause.

Unfortunately, none of my local swimming pools offered this number of Swimathon sessions so I did a tour of Berkshire and North Hants to fit it all in. Here was my schedule and time to complete:

Friday 16 April — Kennet Leisure Centre, Thatcham, Berks at 1430 (1 hour 35 minutes)

Friday 16 April — Willink Leisure Centre, Burghfield Common, Berks at 1900 (1 hour 39 minutes)

Saturday 17 April — Basingstoke Aquadrome, Hampshire at 1430 (1 hour 36 minutes)

Sunday 18 April — Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley, Berks at 0930 (1 hour 35 minutes)

Sunday 18 April — Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley, Berks at 1430 (1 hour 34 minutes)

I have a sponsor site and I am hoping that my achievements will raise a lot of money for Marie Curie Cancer Care (visit www.swimathon.org > Sponsor a Swimmer > Zoe Sadler).