Places filling fast at Brighton Paddle Round the Pier Festival

Brighton Triathlon Club and Swim Trek have been organising swimming events as part of the Brighton Paddle Round the Pier Festival for many years, and this promises to be bigger and better than ever with the introduction of a new 3.8km swim and the option to take on all three swim challenges of 1.5km, 2.5km and 3.8km all before lunchtime on Saturday 6 July.

Paddle Round the Pier (or ‘Paddle’) is a free water sports and beach festival which takes place on Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 July 2019, and features a range of water-based events including SUP, kayaking, kite surfing and, of course, the swims, as well as street sports, music and kid’s entertainment.

Entries for the Triple Crown, a total swim distance of 7.8km are capped at 50 participants due to the length of the swim and are expected to sell out this week. Entries to the 3.8km swim are also limited and close to selling out.

Money raised from the Paddle Swim Classics will be split between new charity Paddle, and Brighton Triathlon club, itself a local sports club which is open to everyone from 8 years and over.

The 3.8km swim has been named the Sea Lanes Challenge. The sponsor of the swim, Sea Lanes, is a local organisation in Brighton who have pledged to restore Madeira Drive to its former glory by building a National Open Water Swimming Centre. Sea Lanes is an integral part of the community in Brighton and Hove and is passionate about the regeneration of Brighton’s seafront.

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