Eastbourne is scheduled to host the fourth running of the Marine Conservation Society’s Big Sea Swim on 11 July this year.
The swim goes out from the beach at the lifeguard station and swimmers swim down toward the pier and loop back. There’s a choice between a 1km and 3km route. Last year 76 swimmers took part and the charity is hoping more than 100 will swim this year.
“The event has grown year on year, and has an established track record for delivering an enjoyable, challenging and successful day,” says Alisdair Naulls, Supporter Recruitment Officer with the MCS. “We are very pleased to once more have open water swimming experts Swim Trek on board to ensure swimmers’ safety and we’re looking forward to continuing the fantastic fundraising efforts that have so far seen us raise more than £12,000 through this event.”
The event is supported by eco-fashion label, Rapanui, organic beauty experts, Green People, and organic food delivery company, Abel & Cole.
“We would love to see even more people take part in the event this year and help raise more funds for our conservation work. Registration is just £25 for the 1km course and £35 for the 3km. This year we’re throwing down a challenge for swimmers to try and get sponsorship too. £50 of sponsorship means MCS can equip 10 people with beach cleaning kit. The three people who raise the most will get a year’s free membership to MCS,” says Naulls.
In addition to its conservation work, the MCS publishes the Good Beach Guide, a guide to water quality at beaches around the UK.
The registration page for the event can be found at www.mcsuk.org/swim/.