Thame Swimathon 2016

Sun, Feb 28th 2016 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fun and Fundraising Event. Get a team of 6 together, swim for 1 hour and raise funds for charity.

The teams raised £4,578.71 towards charity. With the addition of Gift Aid, the grand total raised is £5,358.70. Teams swam a total of 34 miles in lengths. Fundraising continued till 2nd April 2016. The My Donate pages for Thame Swimathon 2016 are now closed. Last update:  20 May 2016.

Could you please support the following teams who have created their fundraising pages on My Donate:

- Weights Fitness : Richard Weakley, his daughter and his grandchildren are fundraising for Rotary Club of Thame and Chinnor Village Centre. You can donate here

- Richards Family: they are raising funds towards Rotary Club of Thame charities and Thomley Activity Centre. You can donate here

- EYAI: This team is raising funds for Thame Rotary and EYAI - Enhancing Young Adults Independence. You can read about them and donate


- Thame Swimming Club participates with 6 teams. The moneys raised by Lucy Day, one of the Thame Swimming Club members are to be shared between Thame Rotary Charities and Thame Swimming Club. To find out more and to donate, please click here

- Bill Family is raising money towards a cancer charity as well as for Thame Rotary Charities. Nathaniel, the team captain, age 10, has chosen to support a special cancer charity after a little girl in his class lost her mum to a rare cancer. Read the whole story and please make a donation here

- You can donate until 2 April 2016!

The teams swam according to the following schedule:

-11:00 - Thame Swimming Club teams A, B, C, D, E

-12:00 - Smart Sharks (Bill family), NFA, Thame Swimming Club F, CAB, John Hampden Swimmers

-13:00 - The Sugar Loafers, Holly's Team, The Ritchie Family, World Challenge 

-14:00 - Dippers and Divers Team 1 and Team 2, EYAI, Weights Fitness, St Mathews YF.


To participate is simple as 1-2-3:

1. Get a team of  4-6, complete Team Entry Form and send it to

2. Raise funds for charity

3. Swim for 1 h.

All ages from 8+ are invited to enter

Download here:

-    Team Entry Form

-     Info Pack

-    Sponsorship Form

To start your fundraising page:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Start Fundraising” button. You will need to be registered with My Donate.
  3. For support, please ring or text 07764 85 49 49


The event is possible due to generous local sponsors who kindly covered most of the costs: Thame Leisure Centre, Park Street Dental Clinic, Abbotts Office Solutions, Vale Life Magazine, Haddenham Beer Festival, Booker Tate, Ignite Sports, and Silent View Windows. Chiltern View Magazines has supported us with publicity in their bi-monthly magazines. Racquets Fitness Centre has kindly provided us space to host our organising committee meetings.

 How does Thame Swimathon Work? 

We are looking for teams of up to 6 swimmers.  Each team is given a lane of the pool and will swim for 55 minutes.  BUT ONLY ONE TEAM MEMBER SWIMS AT A TIME. 

On average this means that each swimmer does about 10-20 lengths during the 55 minutes, but there is no need for each team member to swim the same number of lengths.

Every team member gets sponsorship for the TEAM either by total number of lengths swum which can be up to 100 lengths or sponsorship can be a lump sum for taking part.


Who benefits?


Local charities and a Team’s chosen charity if one is put forward.

The swimmers have lots of fun trying to swim as many lengths and raise as much sponsorship as they can.

Who can take part?

Anyone over the age of 8 – Local Groups - Charities – Companies - Families – Friends – Churches – Offices – Shops –Scouts & Guides – Cubs & Brownies – Swimming Clubs – Health Clubs - Schools & Colleges – Policemen – Firemen – Paramedics – Nurses & Doctors – Businesses – Dentists



Each team member who swims will be given a commemorative medal and a certificate.


What does a Team do?
Before the Swimathon


Download Team Entry Form and Sponsorship Form

or ring Marius Ciortan on 07764 85 49 49

or e-mail:

Team Captain sends the completed Team Entry Form to


Team Captain obtains allocated start time for Thame Swimathon from John Singer.


Whilst a preferred start time can be requested on the Entry Form this cannot be guaranteed.


Individuals in the Team find sponsors and enter these on their Sponsorship Forms. Sign up your Sponsors – as Gift Aid if possible. Remember to get the Form filled in correctly (see Form for guidance).  You can complete more than one Sponsorship Form if you wish.


Give completed Sponsorship Form(s) to your Team Captain before the Swimathon or on the day.


On the day of the Thame Swimathon
Before your swim

 Team turns up 45 minutes before their allocated start time. (Gather outside the Leisure Centre or inside and enter as a Team and go to the Thame Swimathon Welcome Area. Bring a £1.00 coin for your locker (returnable)

Individuals bring your sponsorship form(s) if you have not already handed them to your Team Captain. Please DO NOT bring your Sponsorship money to the Swimathon

Captain of Team hands in copy of Entry Form and Team Sponsorship Forms.

Team waits for Entry Form and Sponsorship Forms to be checked

Once Entry Form and Sponsorship Forms are checked Team get changed.

Team assembles pool side 15 minutes prior to their allocated start time i.e. 45 minutes before the hour.

Team waits 10 minutes until previous group of swimmers have finished got out of the water and left the start/finish end of the pool.

Team splits 3 to each end of the pool and enter water. NO DIVING IS ALLOWED.

Team swims their lengths with one swimmer swimming at any one time

Have a great Swim!

 Your Team’s lengths will be recorded for you


After your Swim

Exit the pool and receive medals on the way out of the pool area.

Teams change.

Team Captain goes to Registration and collects Certificates for each Entrant which will state Team Name and Lengths Swam by Team. Also the Team captain will receive a letter stating the amount pledged by the Team, being the total of all the Sponsorship Forms completed by the Team’s members and the Sponsorship Forms. 

After the Thame Swimathon

Individual Team Members collect their sponsorship forms from the Team Captain.

Team Members collect their sponsorship money.

Team Captain collects all Team Members sponsorship money and checks the total equals the amount pledged by the Team on the letter.


Charities Supported


All Rotary nominated charities to be supported by this event are local to Thame and neighbouring villages.

The Local Charities that are supported by this event are:

-       Medical Detection Dogs

-       Citizens Advice Bureau Thame


You have got the option to fundraise for your preferred charity

See FAQ section beloFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q.       Why should I get involved?

A.       Not only to raise vital funds for local much needed charities BUT to have lots of FUN being part of a great day


Q.  What types of teams enter?

A.  We have teams from schools, youth groups (eg Scouts), families, work colleagues, sports clubs, local businesses, charities and groups of friends.  Everyone is made very welcome, and they all leave with a great sense of achievement.


Q.  How well do I have to be able to swim if I want to enter?

A.  All swimmers have to be safe in 3 ft water, but because you only swim one length at a time you don’t have to be especially strong, just confident.  You will be in the water for 55 minutes, but you will be resting between lengths. The whole team may swim about 100 lengths altogether, but if one of you is much stronger than the others, that person could swim more lengths than their team mates.  Taking part is what really matters.


Q. Are Rotary in sole charge of the Event?

A. The activity within the Pool building is under the supervision and control of the Pool management at all times. Rotary Club of Thame is organising the Event.


Q. Can children enter?

A: The minimum age for swimmers is eight years (at the time of the event). Children under sixteen years old need the consent of their parents or guardians or carers. In the case of School Teams, this may be arranged through the school, if the Rotary Club of Thame agrees in advance.


Q. How are the supported charities chosen?

A. The Rotary Club of Thame chooses those local charities which in its view are most deserving of support.  As to the number of charities, we wish to make a worthwhile contribution to those that we support, but also to spread the benefit. Supporting up to five charities each year has seemed appropriate. 


Q. Can I fundraise for my preferred charity?

A. You have got the option to allocate 50% of your team’s money raised towards the charity of your choice or 100% towards Rotary’s charities. You can indicate this by ticking the appropriate option on the Team Entry Form. In both cases all moneys will be collected by Rotary Club of Thame which will apply for Gift Aid as appropriate. Once this process is completed, Rotary Club of Thame will make a donation towards the charity of your choice, should this option be taken.


Q. Can I fundraise on line?

A. Yes. You can create your own fundraising page on My Donate Portal under the Thame Swimathon 2016 page and then share the link with your family, friends, and colleagues asking them to donate online. 


To start you fundraising page:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Start Fundraising” button. You will need to be registered with My Donate.
  3. For support, please ring or text 07764 85 49 49

Thame Swimathon in the media on 26 Jan 2016: Grab a free slot at The Thame Swimathon 2016!

Mix 96 FM on 28 Feb 2016 - Swimathon Returns to Thame


Mix 96 FM on 3 March 2016 -  34 Miles Swam at Thame Charity Event on 2 March 2016 - Swimmers Take the Plunge for Charity on 24 Feb 2016: It’s time to support the teams for Thame Swimathon 2016!

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