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Swim22: sign up now for 2017’s big event

Sunday 01 January 2017

Could you swim the length of the English Channel in three months? Diabetes UK is inviting people to sign up for our Swim22 event, which starts on 22 February.

The event sees people swim 22 miles – the distance across the Channel – in three months in their local pool to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

You can take on the challenge alone, or split the distance with a team of family, friends and workmates. The three-month timeframe means that whatever your fitness level there’s plenty of time to get in the pool.

Phil Anderson, a 39-year-old financial advisor from Ellon in Aberdeenshire, took part in Swim22 in both 2015 and 2016. He said: “I chose swimming as it isn’t hard on your body. I found I could go at lunchtime and rattle off 40 to 64 lengths, bringing me a kilometre or a mile closer to reaching my total.”

Phil has raised over £1,000 for Diabetes UK, getting us a step closer to a future where diabetes can do no harm.

For Phil, there were personal benefits to taking part. His fitness improved massively and he lost a lot of excess weight - from a starting point of 18st 9lbs, his weight fell to under 14st. Combining exercise with a healthier approach to food has helped him to reduce his risk of developing Type 2 diabetes while massively improving his swimming.

Swimming was just the start of Phil’s fitness kick and he’s all set and ready to go for the challenge again in 2017 with his partner.

Swim22 is perfect for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to get fitter and to keep physically active, in turn helping them to maintain a healthy weight, which also helps prevent Type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes can also help manage their condition through getting plenty of exercise and eating healthily.

Get your goggles on and join Phil and the rest of Team Diabetes UK taking to the pool by signing up now on the Swim22 pages.