What is the Macmillan Lido Challenge?Back to top
The Macmillan Lido Challenge is a sponsored swim to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Participants will swim in lanes at Tooting Bec Lido and will need to complete 22 lengths, which is the equivalent of 2km in distance.
The event will take place in the afternoon of Saturday 5 October 2013, over two sessions.
How do I get a place in the Macmillan Lido Challenge?Back to top
The 2013 event is now full and closed for entries.
Please pop back later in the year to find out about events in 2014.
How old do you need to be to take part?Back to top
The event is open to those aged 18 and over - you must be 18 by 5 October 2013.
Do I have to fundraise and if so, how much do I have to raise? Back to top
As this is a sponsored swim, we ask that all participants collect sponsorship to take part. There is no minimum amount to raise, but we would encourage you to ask as many people as possoble to sponsor you and we're sure you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much you can collect.
It would be fantatsic if each swimmer could try and raise £150, which would collectively be enough to fund a fully-kitted Macmillan Information Pod, including build costs, IT equipment, furniture and décor.
What does the entry fee include and what support will Macmillan give me?Back to top
When you enter the Macmillan Lido Challenge we will send you a fundraising and training pack with lots of information on how to prepare for the swim as well as tips and ideas for raising money. Your pack will contain a free Macmillan swim cap, t-shirt and swim band as well as a sponsor form, newsletter, free merchandise order forms and a training guide.
You can also find other fundraising ideas here.
We will of course be there to support you at the swim and all swimmers will receive a finisher's pack. Your entry fee is required to cover the cost of holding the event.
Will I need to train for the swim?Back to top
Yes, absolutely! Tooting Bec Lido is a huge freshwater pool and 2km is a long way to swim so you will need to make sure you are fully prepared for the challenge.
You should be able to confidently swim 2km by the event day, which equates to 80 lengths of a standard sized pool.
The pool is 91m in length so be prepared to swim at least that distance without stopping as you will be swimming 22 lengths,
What stroke do I have to swim?Back to top
You can swim whichever stroke is best for you. You can stick to one stroke or mix them up, it's completely up to you!
How fast will I need to swim?Back to top
The event is not a race and you should swim at a pace that is comfortable for you. Due to daylight restrictions, we will have a time limit of two hours for each session. You will need to exit the pool after two hours, whatever distance you have covered.
How will I count my lengths and will the swim be timed?Back to top
We aim to provide all swimmers with a digital lap counter and timer, which will be worn on the finger and records the number of lengths completed and your time.
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 will be able to advise if you are fit enough to swim.
If you do need to withdraw you will need to inform us as soon as possible. Unfortunately entries are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
How do I get to Tooting Bec Lido and can I park there?Back to top
Tooting Bec is in south west London and is very accessible by public transport. There is limited parking on site so please use alternatives to driving where possible.
The nearest tube stations are Tooting Bec or Balham on the Northern line and it is then a 15-20min walk to the lido or 5mins on a bus (number 249, 319, 155 or 355).
We will send all swimmers an event pack with detailed information on accessing the venue or you can plan your journey here.
What time does the event start?Back to top
The event will take place over two sessions, 1400-1600 and 1700-1900. We will send out final timings in your event pack, but you should aim to arrive around one hour before your start time. We will try and accommodate start time preferences, but please ensure you are available for either start time.
Please note: both sessions are now FULL for the 2013 event.
Can I swim as part of a team?Back to top
Yes. There will be a limited number of team places available for teams of up to three people. You can decide how many lengths each team member swims, but between you you will need to cover 2km (22 lengths). Teams will need to operate a relay system with only one team member in the water at any time.
Will there be somewhere to leave baggage?Back to top
There will be a small baggage marquee on site, but we would encourage you to leave any valuables at home or with friends/family. The baggage marquee will be fully manned at all times, but anyone leaving baggage here does so at their own risk.
Are there changing facilities and showers on site?Back to top
Yes, swimmers can change at the lido and use the on-site showers.
Will there be lifeguards at the event?Back to top
Yes, Tooting Bec Lido will be providing full lifeguard coverage for the duration of the event.
What temperature will the water be in October?Back to top
We can’t say for sure and it will very much depend on the weather at the time, but is likely to be between 12 and 17 degrees Celsius – be prepared for it to be cold! We recommend practising swimming in open water/cold water before the event.
Do I need to wear a wetsuit?Back to top
Wetsuits are optional for the Macmillan Lido Challenge, however the water is not heated and will be cold in October so we recommend that you wear a wetsuit or swimming socks/gloves. Please practice in cold water before taking on this challenge.
Can I get a refund if I can’t take part?Back to top
Unfortunately all entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
Will spectators be allowed at the event?Back to top
Yes of course, we encourage you to bring friends and family along to support you as you swim.