SwimTayka Partners with the 2021 Thames Marathon

The Thames Marathon (15 August 2021), from Henley Swim, has announced a new 2021 partnership with drowning prevention charity, SwimTayka.

As today marks ‘Blue Monday’, SwimTayka hopes to help lift spirits by offering people the chance to swim outdoors and take on a new challenge in the form of the iconic Thames Marathon.

The new partnership aims to help raise vital funds needed to provide free swimming lessons and environmental education about clean water stewardship to underprivileged children around the world, while spreading news about the ongoing dangers of drowning.

Founder of SwimTayka, Bryan Avery, explains: “Drowning is a silent epidemic that claims an estimated 360,000 lives a year, many of them children. Whilst we enjoy the joys of the water, we can help others master it to save lives.

“SwimTayka has partnered with the 2021 Thames Marathon to give swimmers the chance to gain pride from not just taking on an iconic and challenging swim, but to also help children around the world stay safe in the water and to be inspired by swimming. We are passionate about drowning prevention and we hope that these incredible swimmers taking on the Thames Marathon will support the cause.”

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SwimTayka connects organisations in low resource waterside communities with volunteer swimming instructors and environmental educators from around the world, to develop and promote free swimming and environmental lessons for children

The Thames Marathon is a sell-out 14km long-distance challenge swim from Henley-on-Thames to Marlow. It covers a beautiful stretch of the Thames and has become open water swimming’s most prestigious marathon swim. The swim can be taken on in skins or wetsuits – with limited places available in skins.

The partnership offers swimmers two ways to raise money for the charity:

FREE CHARITY PLACES: Swimmers can sign up for a FREE charity place and pledge to fundraise £750.00. Each charity place swimmer will receive a fundraising pack in the post and lots more support.

YOUR OWN PLACE: Purchase a swim place and use this chance to fundraise for the charity, email:

Sign up now for the Thames Marathon on Sunday 15th August 2021 before the event sells out. Every year the event fills capacity with a long waiting list of swimmers hoping to take on the epic swim.

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