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Soroptimist Swimathon


Due to the continued uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, Taunton Soroptimists have had to make a difficult decision regarding the 2021 Soroptimist Swimathon.  There will not be a Swimathon in 2021, but our next Swimathon will be held in February 2022.  This has been a very hard decision to make and we know that, like us, many of our regular swimmers will be very sad about this as it is such a highlight of our Soroptimist year when so much money is raised for local charities, thanks to the efforts of all the swimmers, sponsors and organisers.

This will be the first time in 33 years that there has not been a Soroptimist Swimathon in Taunton.

This year’s Swimathon raised £16,528, making the total raised over the 32 years just over £677,000.  This has been distributed among 78 local charities.  We hope that the 2022 Soroptimist Swimathon will be an even bigger and better event than ever and we can raise more much-needed funds for our local nominated charities.


It doesn’t matter whether you are 8 or 80 and whether you swim fast or slow, do crawl or doggy-paddle, so long as you can rustle up a team of six, you can take part in this Swimathon.  It is one of the most successful fund raising events in the south west – since its inception in 1988 over £677,000 has been given directly to a variety of locally-based charities – see Swimathon Charities.

Taunton School generously make their pool available each year for the two days of the Swimathon.  Every swimmer gets a medal, and there are a number of trophies to be won for teams raising the most sponsorship money or swimming the most lengths.

Our Swimathon co-ordinator says “Teams from all over the Taunton community take part in our Swimathon, including Law firms, Accountancy firms, the Hydrographic Office, Musgrove Park Hospital, St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, schools – and many, many more.  It is a real community event, and there is a great buzz.  Teams come back, year after year, and they always have a great time”.

Here are some of the highlights from the 2020 event – held in February before Covid-19 restrictions.

Taunton School is the main sponsor of this event, together with valued support from Milsted Langdon, Alpha Trophies, Rockwell Printers and Timpson.

Come and join in the Swimathon; it’s the most fun you could have on a cold weekend in February – and you can get a rosy glow by raising some money for local good causes. 

For more information send an e-mail request to Swimathon Email.

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