More than 100 of Britain’s finest swimmers will come together in a star-studded line-up on Saturday 1 Feb to take on a Guinness World Record and raise funds for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The top-level athletes, which include Olympic and Commonwealth swimmers such as Becky Adlington, Mark Foster, Karen Pickering, and Michael Jamieson, will each swim 100m in an attempt to smash the world record of 1hour 37 minutes, 53 seconds.
The Swim4Leukaemia event has been organised by Great Britain and Sheffield swimmer Lewis Coleman after his mum was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in June 2012. His mum’s initial chemotherapy was unsuccessful, and she was entered onto a clinical drugs trial before undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2013.
Lewis says: “My world was rocked when Mum was diagnosed. Without the clinical trial there is a possibility that she wouldn't be with us today, so I decided I wanted to raise money for blood cancer.
The media is invited to the world record attempt at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield on Saturday February 1, from 2pm. Speedo is kindly supporting the event.
Steve Parry, Olympic Bronze Medallist and member of the relay team says: “I really can't wait to be involved in the world record attempt. It’s for a great cause and I'm sure the event will be a huge success and raise a great deal for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.”
Relay teammate and European and Commonwealth champion, Hannah Miley, says: “I'm really excited. Lewis has done an incredible job to put this into action and to get as many people involved. It's a fantastic idea to raise awareness of the disease and the charity and also bring a community together.”
To support Lewis please click here to visit his justgiving page or text MAGS99 + £amount to 70070
To buy a ticket to watch the 100x100 world record attempt, or to book onto a swim skills session coached by the stars please click here.
For further information, please contact Stephanie Cade at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Press Office on 020 7269 9019, 07824 375880, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org