Jane Tomlinson Swimming Festival to make splash at Pugneys

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Hundreds of people are set to make a splash this weekend at the Jane Tomlinson Yorkshire Swimming Festival.

Swimmers from across the UK will head to Pugneys Country Park, on Sunday morning, to tackle a 500m or 1500m open water swim and raise money for charities.

And entrants can also take on the brand new Aquathlon challenge - a 1km swim followed by a 5km run.

Around 350 people have signed up to brave the water at this year’s third annual Express-backed swim, organised by the Swim For All charity.

The festival was set up as a legacy to inspirational fundraiser, Jane Tomlinson, who raised £1.85m for charity whilst terminally ill with cancer.

It has been backed by Olympian, Sharron Davies MBE, who first swam for Great Britain at the age of 11.

She said: “Jane Tomlinson was an incredible inspiration, whether she was running, walking or swimming. This festival is a great event for all abilities and this year’s Aquathlon will be an extra challenge.”

Swim For All Event Leader, Charlie Tatman, said: “Our Swimming Festival has been really popular over the last two years and this year is no different. We’re looking forward to welcoming all of our swimmers on September 1 for what is set to be another great day that raises thousands of pounds for charities.”

Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Brian Holmes, will open the festival at 9am when the first event will begin.