K J Foxhall

Legal Technology, Writer, Long distance swimmer, SOCLI and more!

SwimFor – the personal challenge area

I have swum for over 35 years (the water is like a second home to me). For years I have used this skill to raise money for several charities, raise awareness of the campaigns I am involved in, and become a recognised long distance (preferably cold) water swimmer.

At the end of 2016, I decided to create my own events. With a dedicated career, having children and a rough medical journey, I could no longer commit to events, and completely forfeiting that part of my life wasn’t going to be an option. I also found that as time went on, and the more events I participated in, people were less likely to donate as they had done so the previous year, or already that year. Fundraising became soul-destroying, so I decided to take the pressure out of it. In 2016 SwimFor was born. 

I will never be a leisure swimmer, but now I choose to swim for leisure and build my distances back up my way, in my time. As a result I still fundraise, I still swim and taking the pressure out meant that I could enjoy it once again. 

SwimFor involves a distance swim per charity that increases every year. For example in 2016 it was 1k per charity, in 2017 it was 2k per charity and so on. For my challenges, I have been choosing two charities per year, which means in 2018 it was a total of swimming 6k in one go (3k per charity).  

Currently there is no focus to create this as a fully-fledged event, but there may be the scope to do this in the future.

The swims usually take place in October/November at Charlton Lido, and if any JustGiving pages are set up, they will be posted on this site. Sometimes, depending on the event, I will just donate an amount to the charity directly.

To make these events as sincere as possible, the following rules have been created:

  • A set and equal distance per chosen charity (i.e 3k for 2 charities = 6k).
  • Complete the swim by 31 December of that year 23:59.
  • The distance must be swum in one go.
  • The swim must be done at a venue that can accommodate the swim.
  • A witness must be present to adjudicate the swim and sign off at the end.
  • There is no minimum amount to raise for charity.   

The benefits

A personal event, in a preferred location, and a chosen distance for a chosen charity.

Illness or injury does not mean forfeiting the swim as it can be pushed back.

If the swim is not accomplished on the day, then other dates are available up until the end of the year (one year goes from 1 January – 31 December).

Formerly BLDSA (British Long Distance Swimming Association) Member: 1382

Image source: Aspire 12 hour overnight swim 2015

"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came"

- John F. Kennedy

SWIMFOR. My swimming event. My way!