Official launch of Jane Tomlinson’s Yorkshire Swimming Festival – Swim For All.

Venue: Pugneys Country Park,

Asdale Road,off Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ


A Group of inspirational junior swimmers join Mike Tomlinson and family to officially launch the inaugural Jane Tomlinson Yorkshire Swimming Festival.


Now officially launched, Jane Tomlinson’s Yorkshire Swimming Festival is the first mass participation open water swimming event to come to the region.

Taking place on Sunday 10th July, swimmers will take to the water at the picturesque Pugneys Country Park to take part in either a 500m or 1500m distance swim.


Organised by the highly successful Jane Tomlinson Run For All team – responsible for the region’s largest mass participation charitable road races, the event is an exciting addition to the sporting calendar in Yorkshire, with over 1,000 people expected to take part in year one in the hope of raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.



Mike Tomlinson said: “I’m so excited that we’re launching a completely different event. Swimming was extremely important in Jane’s life. Before she was terminally ill she spent many dinner times swimming lengths at the international pool. She’d be thrilled with an open water swim and if she was still here would be the first to sign up.”


Helping Mike, daughters Suzanne and Rebecca and the event partner charities officially launch this year’s exciting new event, are a group of children from Lincoln aged between 12 and 16, who last year took part in a relay to swim the channel to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.


Mike continues:”What these kids achieved last year is overwhelming.

Just watching the footage of them taking on the challenge is inspiring and I hope that their story will encourage others to push themselves to achieve something special.”


Similar in format to the Run For All series the Yorkshire Swimming Festival has a number of partner charities both national and local who are hoping to gain support from participants. This year’s charities include Diabetes UK, Scope, RNLI, Breast Cancer Campaign, Macmillan, Wakefield Hospice, The Children’s Hospital Appeal, Bluebell Wood, Yorkshire cancer Research, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.


Whether entrants are beginners, avid swimmers, Triathletes looking for a training swim or simply just fancy a quick dip at Pugneys then this is the event for them. As the name suggests, Swim For All, is just that.





The Swim For All team would like to thank sponsors Wakefield Council, Wakefield Triathlon Club, Blue seventy along with event media partners Real Radio, Wakefield Express and Yorkshire Evening Post.

Next event date:

10 July 2011



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