Exit Accessibility View

News

Take the ultimate swim challenge at Wiltshire Council leisure centres

Why not set yourself the ultimate new year's resolution for 2018 by swimming the length of the River Thames at your local Wiltshire Council leisure centre?

The Thames, which passes through the north of the county on its way to London and the North Sea, stretches for 346km (215 miles) or 13,760 lengths of your local pool.

To take part and successfully complete the challenge, you'll have to swim all 13,760 lengths in 2018 that's an average of around 1,147 lengths a month, or 270 lengths a week, or 38 lengths a day.

The challenge is open to anyone, both members and non-members, and it's free to take part (usual pool fees apply).

To sign up, all you have to do is visit your local Wiltshire Council leisure centre with a pool find your nearest at on our leisure pages  and speak to the reception team.

Your progress will then be tracked throughout the year, and we'll publish regular leaderboards for each leisure centre, as well as for the whole challenge.

If 13,760 lengths seems too daunting a challenge, you can still get involved we'll be introducing some shorter distances through the year to help swimmers of all abilities stay motivated and reach an achievable distance for them.

John Thomson, cabinet member for leisure, said: "Swimming is a great way to get active and improve your fitness and wellbeing, and this challenge offers an excellent opportunity to stay motivated next year.

"While this is a tough challenge, we know that there are many people who will be more than able to complete it. And for those who see this as a swim too far, we're delighted to be able to offer swim challenges to suit all ages and abilities.

"I would like to wish everyone who takes part in this swim challenge the best of luck and a healthy 2018."

Find out more about this swim challenge.

Last updated: 20 December 2017 | Last reviewed: 20 December 2017

Share this article

Latest Tweets

60 MINUTES AGO

@HowardWootton Sorry to hear this. Your feedback is important & I'll pass your comments on ^KC

16 Jan 2018 14:29

1 HOUR AGO

@SFWcomms @Calnetc @Tesco @KeepBritainTidy Hi there, issues such as these can be reported online via this link https://t.co/iUnU3py4x7 ^KC

16 Jan 2018 14:27

3 HOURS AGO

RT @Sport4Wiltshire: Yesterday was #BlueMonday, so banish the blues and make today #SuperTuesday with a leisure membership to start a healt…

16 Jan 2018 12:13

5 HOURS AGO

Six weeks of football coaching for boys and girls aged 5-11 will take place at @NadderCentre in February and March… https://t.co/D14JxEQ2ua

16 Jan 2018 10:36