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Big Splash 60k challenge - this weekend

On an average week Mansfield's own Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington clocks up a massive 2,400 lengths in the pool as part of her gruelling training schedule. That's a distance of 60,000 metres!

As part of the national Big Splash event Mansfield District Council's leisure centres are asking people to dive in and match Rebecca's training distance this weekend (28 and 29 April).

The number of lengths collectively swum by people at Meden Sports Centre, the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre and Water Meadows will be clocked up in an attempt to reach the magical 60k.

People can take part in the following FREE lane swimming sessions:

Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Centre

Saturday 28 April - 8am to 1pm and 3.15pm to 6pm

Sunday 29 April - 8am to 6pm

Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre

Saturday 28 April - 8am to 10am

Sunday 29 April - 9am to 1pm

Meden Sports Centre

Saturday 28 April - 8am to 10am

Sunday 29 April - 8am to 11am

People taking part will also be entered into a prize draw to win five, one month swimming passes.

Cllr Phil Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "The Big Splash aims to get everyone across the UK to take-up swimming and find out what their local pool has to offer. We are very proud of our swimming facilities across the District, which have helped train our own Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

"The Big Splash 60k challenge will give people to opportunity to sample what it is like to train as a top swimming athlete. However you don't have to be swimming pro to take part, I'd encourage people of all swimming abilities to come along and swim as many lengths as they can to help us reach the magical 60k."

To register to take part in the challenge, please pick up a flyer from any of the participating centres, or download a copy from and hand it to the main reception on the day of the event.

Published 26 April 2012

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