Fancy swimming a mile every hour…for 24 hours?

Like swimming? Free between 9.30am on 30th April and 9.30am on 1st May? Well then here’s a challenge for you: swimming a mile, on the hour, every hour, for 24 hours all in the beautiful setting of Guildford Lido.

This unusual challenge is the 2swim4life event and it’s all happening in aid of the charity Help for Heroes. I was contacted recently about 2swim4life but can’t take part myself this year. But I thought some of my lovely readers might be able to. So, do you fancy it?

Entrants include channel swimmers, open water swimmers, distance and sprinters all seeing who has the mental and physical staying power to go the distance. I would imagine the psychological and emotional challenges will be just as great – if not greater – than the physical ones. I remember that one of the worst bits about the two-way Channel relay I did in 2005 was the “getting in and out and in again” aspect. I wonder how the 2swim4life event swimmers will cope with having to get back in to swim a mile…23 times. Finishing that 24th mile will feel fantastic!

The organisers told me:

So far there are individuals from Spain and the Isle of Man as well as all across England. There are teams of three and individuals wanting to push themselves. There are a variety of reasons behind people wanting to do the challenge: some want to see how much they can raise for the worthwhile charity, whilst some have lost loved ones in conflict and want to give something back to help others.

The event is for swimmers over 25 years of age on 31/12/11. Swimmers aged 18-25 don’t have to feel left out – they are welcome to take part in the half event. It’s the same format, swimming a mile on the hour, but starting at 9.30pm and swimming overnight until the finish at 9:30am.

The event start date and time coincides with the first day of opening of Guildford Lido’s Summer opening so it’s a great chance for people to come and see the fantastic facilities at the Lido. Swimmers will be welcome to use the hot tub and marquee, get hot drinks and of course enjoy the wonderful company of…like-minded folk 😉

We do ask that each swimmer assigns a non-swimming buddy to help look after their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as ensuring their fitness for such a task.

Is this tough but exciting challenge for you? Go on, give it a go. Just be sure to let me know how you get on. There’s a guest blog post waiting for you here 🙂

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