The Lyme Splash is back!

A Dorset sea swimming event, which was postponed for two years due to the pandemic, is now fully supported and back for 2022.

The Lyme Splash, which challenges swimmers to complete a 3.15km course between Lyme Regis and Charmouth, is finally going ahead this year on Sunday 4 September 2022. Check in opens at 9am, with the first entry into the water being 10.15am.

“We are so excited to be back after two years and we would like to thank those swimmers who booked back in 2020 for holding on so long!” says Karen Durham-Diggins, Chair of Lyme Splash.

Now that everyone who had registered two years ago has been contacted, the team is releasing entries for anyone else who feels up to and fit enough for the challenge. “Although some swimmers are focused on their speed, for many it is more about taking it at their own pace and making it a personal challenge,” says Karen.

The Lyme Splash Sea Water Polo Championship has been deferred to next year, although organisers hope to run a couple of exhibition games in the summer. “It has been a long two years for everyone and we wanted to get back one event at a time,” says Karen. “Our volunteers and supporters – both on land and in the water – as well as the businesses that help with equipment and raffle prizes, are truly wonderful and have all come full back on board, which we really appreciate.”

Support for the event includes hot chocolate from Chococo and post-swim snacks from Moores Biscuits. Headline sponsors, Lyme Bay Holidays are continuing their support with equipment. While kindly donated raffle prizes include a changing robe from Lyme Bay Swimming, a wood-fired sauna session from Shoreline Sauna, meals from The Pilot Boat, The Harbour Inn, WeSwim and Herbies, plus many more.

This year, The Lyme Splash will also be supporting charities such as B Sharp, Plastic Free Lyme Regis and Ghost Fishing UK.

Find more information on the Lyme Splash website.

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Jo is the Gear Editor for Outdoor Swimmer and also writes news and features for the website. A keen open water swimmer and long-distance walker, she loves seeking out lakes and lidos close to her home in the Mendip Hills, Somerset. She is the author of The Slow Traveller, editor and founder of independent magazine, Ernest, and has previously tested outdoor clothing and kit for BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC Focus and Ernest Journal.