Nicki Menin had always enjoyed swimming and wanted a challenge that would really push her to her limits so in 2012 she signed up for the Great North Swim to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.  This then led to her also completing the Great London Swim in 2013 and here she tells us how it went.

Nicki says “I did a lot of pool training to begin with so that I could cover the swim distance comfortably.  When the weather got a bit warmer I started to mix this with some outdoor lido swims to get used to the colder water and wearing my wetsuit.   I then scheduled in a few open water swims at weekends - if you plan it in to a weekend away or a day out with friends it makes it much more manageable and fun.

I wanted to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support as the services they provide to people affected by cancer are invaluable.  They are there not only for the cancer patient themselves, but also for their friends and family who are part of their cancer journey.  There is so much more to Macmillan than nurses – they have a support line, information centres, provide financial grants and much more.

Fundraising was very easy and the fundraising pack and tips from Macmillan helped to get me started.  People really got behind me and I managed to raise over £480, which spurred me on when it came to the big day.

The swim itself was tough, but exhilarating and the atmosphere was amazing.  It took me a while to get used to the other swimmers, but once I got into my stride it was very enjoyable.

I have now completed two Great Swims and would recommend them to anyone – it’s a brilliant way to get fit and raise money for a great cause like Macmillan.”