About London City Swim

Swim 500 metres in the Royal Victoria Docks for MND on Friday 22nd September 2017

The History

In 2011, a group of friends swam the Hellespont in Turkey to support their friend Weert Jan Weerts who was living with Motor Neuron Disease. Following the positive reaction to the swim, both in awareness raising and donations, in 2012 some of these swimmers organised the first Amsterdam City Swim, where 1,100 swimmers swam through the Amsterdam canals raising money for the ALS Foundation. By 2016 number had increased to 2100 swimmers who raised over 2 million Euros in donations.

2015 saw the first New Amsterdam City Swim in the Hudson River New York, and in September 2017 the Royal Victoria Docks will be the setting for the first London City Swim.

The Cause

The swim is to raise awareness and essential funds for Motor Neurone Disease, a group of diseases that effects the brain and the spinal cord, stopping messages from reaching the muscles. Specificaly the money raised will go towards Project MinE, a genetic project researching the risk factors that can lead to MND

The Event

On Friday 22nd September, hundreds of swimmers will take to the Royal Victoria Docks, and race 500m to raise funds and awareness for MND. We are inviting people to put together teams of 4, to compete in this event. We also welcome individual swimmers.

Every team member and individual will swim a 500m lap of the Royal Victoria Docks. The team of 4 with the fastest combined time will become team champions.

We will then invite the fastest 4 men and 4 women from each wave to be part of the Super Sprint Final. They will be joined by some elite athletes and surprise guests to swim a 200m sprint final. 

Entry Costs

Every swimmer, whether they are swimming in a team or as an individual, will be asked for a £100 registration fee, and is given a sponsorship target of £400.

Full details of the entry costs can be found here.

We are also encouraging people living with MND to swim. If you are interested, or know someone who you think would like to take part, please get in touch. You can email enquiries@londoncityswim.com in the first instance.


Join us on 22nd September 2017 from 4pm for an evening of swimming, food and entertainment, helping us to raise awareness and essential funds for research into MND with the hope of one day finding a cure. 100% of sponsorship money raised will go to Project MinE.