Fitness challenge

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If you’re looking for an accessible fitness challenge in the new year, then how about swimming the distance of the English Channel, in your own local swimming pool?

Diabetes UK is inviting people to sign up to its Swim22 challenge and swim 22 miles, the distance across the English Channel, over the course of three months.

The challenge runs from, February 22 to May 22, 2016, giving you plenty of time to complete the challenge at your own speed.

Whether you’re a one-day wonder or want to take it at a more leisurely three kilometres a week, it is a great way to shape up in the new year.

You can even fundraise with your friends and family by splitting the distance with teammates.

Money raised through sponsorship will help us to fund research into diabetes, campaign on key issues, and offer education and support to more of the 3.9 million people in the UK who are living with the condition.

Swimming is a great way of keeping fit and active, and can help you to maintain a healthy weight which is key to reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

People with diabetes can also help manage their condition through getting plenty of exercise and eating healthily.

To sign up visit or call 0345 1232399.

Stephen Ryan

Diabetes UK fundraising manager