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Are you afraid of the dark?

Last Saturday Aspire, in partnership with Brutal Events, launched their Night Swim series with the inaugural Dusk ‘til Dawn Swim in Lymington Sea Water Baths, Hampshire. 

Forty swimmers chose the shortest night of the year to swim for 12 hours. Both solo swimmers and relay teams swam from 7:30pm to 7:30am to raise funds to help people with spinal cord injuries.

The Aspire Night Swim series is the latest challenge from Aspire, the spinal injury charity which has become well known for raising money through a series of open water swims, including English Channel relays and crossing the Solent. The charity hopes to raise £31,000 with the Night Swim series, a series of nighttime swims in Liverpool, Birmingham and Oxford.
If you fancy diving into the darkness the wetsuit-optional 750m and 1,500m night lake swims are taking place in September and October. As well as the thrill of open water swimming at night, entry also includes a medal, swim hat, full safety cover and a glow stick so you will be safe and visible in the water.
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