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RNLI Mayday Swim Challenge...

SET yourself the ultimate challenge this May by swimming the length of your favourite coastline whilst raising money for the RNLI.

The RNLI’s annual fund-raising event Mayday takes place from May 1-31 and the charity has teamed up with leisure centres for a swim challenge.

Whether you fancy taking on the ultimate challenge of swimming the Channel, or the length of your local beach or river, anyone can enter and can opt to swim any distance.

And you don’t have to swim the full distance in one go – simply split your chosen distance into lengths and keep going until you reach your target.

Better, which runs 15 leisure centres across Cornwall, is among those supporting the challenge. Swimmers can visit their nearest leisure centre during any public swimming session to tackle their lengths.

James Clarke, RNLI community fundraising manager, said: ‘This challenge is a great way for people to support the RNLI and take on a personal goal at the same time.

“Simply pick the distance you want to swim in metres, the length of the pool you’re going to swim at, and divide them to reveal the number of lengths needed to complete it.

“You could do the length of Fistral beach at 48 lengths of a 25m pool, or for a real challenge the distance between Land’s End to the Isles of Scilly at 1,600 lengths. The sponsorship money you raise will make a real difference to the RNLI.”

Mayday is the RNLI’s annual yellow themed fund-raiser and is a celebration of volunteer lifeboat crews, who are on call 24 hours a day.

This year the charity aims to raise £750,000 to fund the kit that will keep them safe.

To register or for more information visit rnli.org/Maydayswim quoting ‘Mayday Swim Challenge’ on the sign-up form.

This article first appeared in the Independent. To get the latest articles when they appear, buy the print edition every Sunday or subscribe to our online edition HERE.