Latest news

Swim a mile for charity

Published on Friday, 16th March 2018

Sport relief in Hambleton

Hambleton residents are being challenged to swim a mile for charity.

Staff at Bedale Leisure Centre are throwing down the gauntlet to swimmers tomorrow (Saturday 17 March) as they take to the water to raise cash for Sport Relief.

The challenge is taking place in all of the district council’s leisure centres - in Bedale, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk.  Swimmers must complete their mile between 17 and 23 March and can keep track of how far they are swimming by using one of Hambleton’s new swimtag watches which they can collect from all receptions.

Seven local schools - primary and secondary - will be using the pools at Bedale, Stokesley and Thirsk to do their miles during weekly swim lessons - swimming half lengths, full lengths and widths. 

The week long Sport Relief event finishes on Friday 23 March with a family ‘disco splash’ in each centre  with a twist!  £1 of every paid swim will be donated to Sport Relief.

Sport Relief is a biennial event when the nation comes together to raise money and help vulnerable people across the UK and the world.

Swimmers wanting to take part in the swim a mile challenge need to register with

  • Hambleton is one of 12 councils across the country working with Sport England to encourage more people to use their local swimming pool. The council has embarked on a programme of improvements and awareness raising to encourage residents to improve their health through swimming. This includes SwimTag and the introduction of Pool Activators – district council employees working in the community – to help get more people swimming.