Swimathon 2010: 20,000 take part to raise money for Marie Curie

Four of the UK's fastest swimmers set the fastest official 5Km female team time: 58 minutes exactly

Four of the UK's fastest swimmers set the fastest official 5Km female team time: 58 minutes exactly

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the world’s biggest fund-raising swim at the weekend!

Swimathon 2010 weekend saw 20,000 swimmers (including Team Goggleblog) complete their challenge in over 500 pools around the country in the world’s biggest fundraising swim.

The event kicked off with four of GB’s fastest swimmers, captained by current World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne, who dived into Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Thursday.

This elite team set the fastest official female 5km team time in the Swimathon’s 23-year history recording a time of exactly 58 minutes.

One man Simon Platt even managed to complete the Swimathon an amazing SEVEN times in one weekend, clocking up times of between 1hr 18mins and 1hr 35mins, and swimming a total of 35km in the process. He wrote on the Swimathon Facebook page:

“Absolutely shattered and can barely lift my arm but been a great, if tiring, weekend and met some colourful characters.”

Well done everybody who took part!