Printed Date: 23/04/2018

GLL Swim Challenge for Sport Relief will end at London Aquatics Centre

A six-day fundraising swim covering 31 miles in 31 pools ends on Tuesday 1 March at the ‘world’s favourite swimming pool’ – the London Aquatics Centre.

GLL, the leisure charitable social enterprise that is also the UK’s largest provider of public pools, launched the Swim Challenge for Sport Relief at Finchley Lido on 25 February.

Since then it has travelled the length and breadth of the country, including Belfast, Bath, Manchester and Cambridge.

GLL runs over 100 swimming pools across the country, under its Better brand - many on behalf of local authorities. Better is the official health and fitness partner for Sport Relief 2016.

Team GB Water Polo Captain Fran Leighton have joined GLL staff and partners in the 13-strong team challenge along with guest swimmers Emma Critchley (GB synchronised swimmer)  and Michael McKillop (GB Para athlete 1500m runner and London 2012 gold medallist).

The Swim Challenge is expected to raise over £13,000 through #TeamBetter for Sport Relief helping people in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Several hundred people took part.

GLL members and club swimmers ploughed the lanes alongside the GLL team, lending moral support and adding funds towards GLL’s £500,000 corporate pledge total.

GLL have used the Swim Challenge to introduce more people to the sport, whatever their backgrounds, ages or abilities; GLL runs the largest swim school in the UK.

London 2012 400m Medley finalist Aimee Wilmott and Olympic veteran Duncan Goodhew will swim the last leg.

Finish of GLL Swim Challenge

London Aquatics Centre, QEOP

5pm-6pm, Tuesday 1 March


To find out more or to sponsor the Swim Challlenge team visit