New open water swimming event launches in Lyme Regis

Lyme Splash, a not for profit community organisation, has launched the Lyme Regis to Charmouth Challenge. The first event will take place on Sunday 11 September 2016.

Two hundred swimmers are invited to register at to swim the 1.7 nautical miles (3.15km) along a scenic section of the Jurassic Coast and to donate to local charities B Sharp (a children & young people’s music participation charity) and the Marine Theatre, and national charity Water Aid. 

Swimmers can choose between taking part in a competitive wave – known as the DASH– or the more leisurely, non-racing SPLASH wave. The organiser requires all participants to be competent swimmers who have swum at least a mile in open water previously. Wetsuits are compulsory.

The cost to register is £25 and each swimmer is being asked if they could donate an additional £30 (they suggest asking six friends for a fiver) or more for the selected charities.
“We aim to celebrate the water facilities that Lyme Regis and Lyme Bay has to offer. Highlighting the wealth of water-sport clubs and opportunities here, we’ve worked together to make this event happen, both for locals and to attract more business into the local economy,” says Karen Durham-Diggins, Chair, Lyme Splash.

Local company Dorset Tea is one of the sponsors and will be providing all swimmers and volunteers with a “hot cuppa” when they finish, while Moores Biscuits are supplying, obviously, the biscuits. Lyme Rib will be whizzing the swimmers back from Charmouth after their swim.

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