Jane Tomlinson’s Yorkshire Swimming Festival is the first mass participation open-water swimming event to come to the region.
Taking place on Sunday 10 July, swimmers will take to the water at the picturesque Pugneys Country Park to take part in either a 500m or 1,500m distance swim.
Organised by the highly successful Jane Tomlinson Run For All team – responsible for the region’s largest mass participation charitable road races – the event is an exciting addition to the sporting calendar in Yorkshire, with over 1,000 people expected to take part in year one in the hope of raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
Mike Tomlinson said: “I’m so excited that we’ve launched a completely different event. Swimming was extremely important in Jane’s life. Before she was terminally ill she spent many dinner times swimming lengths at the international pool. She’d be thrilled with an open water swim and if she was still here would be the first to sign up.”
Similar in format to the Run For All series, the Yorkshire Swimming Festival has a number of partner charities both national and local who are hoping to gain support from participants.
This year’s charities include Diabetes UK, Scope, RNLI, Breast Cancer Campaign, Macmillan, Wakefield Hospice, The Children’s Hospital Appeal, Bluebell Wood, Yorkshire cancer Research, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Whether entrants are beginners, avid swimmers, Triathletes looking for a training swim or simply just fancy a quick dip at Pugneys then this is the event for them. As the name suggests Swim For All, is just that.
The festival consists of an Open 500m and 1,500m swim and a 500 Junior swim open to 12 to 17 year olds. The 1,500m swim is open to participants aged 18 plus.
To enter visit www.swimforall.co.uk.