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Lake District tops league table for regular swimmers

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People in South Lakeland in the Lake District swim more regularly than anywhere else in England, according to a new league table published today by Diabetes UK.

According to the league table, based on Sport England data, 11.5 per cent of adults in South Lakeland say they swim once a week, followed by Mid Sussex (11 per cent), Richmond upon Thames (10.7 per cent) and Weymouth (10.4 per cent).

Cheltenham (10.4 per cent), North Kesteven (9.89 per cent), Crawley (9.72 per cent), West Oxfordshire (9.7 per cent), Islington (9.69 per cent) and Charnwood (9.65 per cent) have also made it into the top ten.

Surprisingly, Channel swim start point Dover came in last place in the league table, at 221st.

Diabetes UK has published the league table to launch its Swim22 challenge. This is our Channel swim pool challenge where participants swim 22 miles (the distance across the English Channel) at their local pool. The challenge will take place between 22 February and 22 May 2014, and we hope it will encourage more people to take up swimming as well as raise funds.

"Swim22 is a great way to support Diabetes UK" 

Paul Amadi, Director of Fundraising for Diabetes UK, said, "Swimming is a great way to keep physically active, which is really important for preventing Type 2 diabetes, or helping to manage diabetes if you already have it.

"Clearly, people of the Lake District are already taking this message to heart and it is great to see that so many of them are swimming already. Whether this is because they have beautiful swimming locations such as Lake Windermere on their doorstep, or if they are just doing it at their local pool like the rest of us, swimming is a great way of getting your regular physical activity. And because many people find it so enjoyable, it is something they may be more likely to stick to in the long run.

Challenge yourself to get fitter

"This is why Swim22 is such a great way to support Diabetes UK. As well as raising money to help us continue with our vital work in supporting people with diabetes and those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, Swim22 can also be the spur you need to take swimming up and to challenge yourself to get fitter. Also, because you can do the 22 miles over three months, you can gradually build up your fitness and hopefully make swimming regularly a habit you end up sticking to."

To sign up to Swim22 go towww.diabetes.org.uk/swim22, or call the National Events Team on 0345 123 2399.

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