An Eastbourne woman will be taking the plunge this Saturday (July 13) to raise funds for charity.
Despite her fears last year Jane Barlow headed into the sea for the first Eastbourne Big Sea Swim, organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), and the 49-year-old is gearing up to do the same this weekend.
She said, “I did the swim last year and it was a great challenge for me. It was really frightening at the start – in fact I almost went home!
“But I felt very different when I finished the 1km course. It felt wonderful being able to manage to swim in our lovely sea at
Eastbourne over that distance. You just don’t know what the sea will be like and actually every practice I did was different and certainly no where near the challenge it was on the day!”
Tori Williams, MCS Community Fundraising Officer, says people like Jane are vital to help the event become a real date in the wild swimming calendar, adding, “The idea of the swim is to get people into the sea, who may only have experienced swimming in a pool. The seas off Eastbourne have been recommended as being excellent for bathing in the latest edition of the MCS Good Beach Guide – which identifies the cleanest waters around the UK coast.”
The MCS Big Sea Swim is open to everyone and all abilities and includes a 1km course for beginners and a 3km option for more experienced swimmers.
Jane added, “I’m looking forward to doing it again and raising money for this wonderful charity that is fighting hard for our marine conservation. Please sponsor me and all the other entrants – it really boosts the motivation!”
Places for the fundraiser in Eastbourne on Saturday are limited and swimmers are urged to register at: www.mcsuk.org/swim