How do I apply for my own place?Back to top
Entry for the 2014 Great North Swim is now open - secure your place at www.greatswim.org today. Other 2014 events will be open soon.
Once you have got a place, join Team Macmillan and we’ll send you a fundraising pack containing lots of fundraising and training advice.
There's no minimum sponsorship requirement, so we're grateful for any sponsorship you can raise for us.
How do I apply for a Macmillan guaranteed place?Back to top
Details on 2014 places will be available later in the year - please pop back then to find out more.
Our charity places are for the 1 mile distance only - if you would like to swim a different distance you will need to get your own place, but can of course still fundraise for Macmillan.
What is your own place?Back to top
Your own place means that you've registered directly with the organisers through www.greatswim.org. You would have also paid a registration fee for that place. Once you've registered for your place you'd have received a confirmation email from the organisers.
How much sponsorship do I need to raise?Back to top
If you have your own place we do not ask for a minimum amount of sponsorship. We just encourage and support all swimmers to raise as much as possible. Whatever you raise we are extremely grateful. It will go a long way to helping people living with cancer.
If you have a Guaranteed Charity Place you will need to raise £200 (your entry fee will be paid for).
What kind of support will Macmillan give me?Back to top
When you join Team Macmillan you'll be supported throughout your entire Great Swim experience. In addition to our initial training and fundraising pack, we'll send you regular newsletters full of tips to help you prepare for the big day. And if that isn’t enough, we'll be there on the day to give you all the support, encouragement and congratulations you deserve.
Will Macmillan help me with my training?Back to top
Of course! When you sign up to swim in a Great Swim with Team Macmillan, we'll provide you with a comprehensive training pack and regular newsletters full of top training tips, including advice from our Team Macmillan patrons. We'll also advise you of other useful sources of information to help you prepare for the big day.
What happens if I get injured?Back to top
If you get injured while training we recommend you contact your GP, physio or specialist sports injury clinic. They'll be able to advise if you're fit enough to swim.
If you do need to withdraw you'll need to inform the Great Swim race organisers as soon as possible. Please also let us know so that we can update our database.
When will I get my race number?Back to top
You'll receive your race number direct from the race organisers in the two weeks preceding the event. If you don't receive your race pack, then we'd advise you to contact the organisers direct by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I find more specific information?Back to top
Visit www.greatswim.org for a map of the course, training info and much more.
What difference will my sponsorship make?Back to top
The Great Swim Series is a vital component of our fundraising campaign. The money raised from this event will go a long way to help people affected by cancer. For example:
- £14 could pay for a Macmillan benefits advisor for one hour, allowing them to provide welfare benefits and support advice to people affected by cancer.
- £91.80 could pay for a patient’s yearly prescription.
- £554 could help run a typical large Macmillan Information and Support centre for one day.
- £1,000 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for seven days, providing medical and emotional support to cancer patients and their families.
If you have any further questions please email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 020 7840 4619.