Tough conditions faced 68 competitors who fought Eastbourne’s strong currents in the third Wild Swim organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS.)
A spokesman said he was delighted the swim was a great success in spite of difficult conditions.
A lifeguard from Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards said swimmers experienced the strongest current he’s seen in six years of volunteering. Despite swimming against the current for half of the distance, almost all swimmers completed 1km and 3km distances.
Milly Pamment from Polegate won the 3km race (first female in a wetsuit.) Big Sea Swimmer and fundraiser, Charlotte Coombes, pushed hard to reach the half-way mark against the current.
She said, “There were times I was convinced I wouldn’t reach the buoy at the turning point. On the flip side, it may well have been my fastest ever 500m going with the current back to the finish. After a struggle, it was a fantastic feeling to get back on dry land and hear my number called out at the finish line.”
Tori Williams, who organised the event for MCS, says the day was a great success. “All swimmers said they had a great time and enjoyed the challenge. I admire their determination as they faced the Big Sea Swim’s toughest conditions yet. On behalf of MCS I’d like to thank the swimmers, SwimTrek, Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards, Turtle Mat and the seafront office for support. The event enabled us to raise awareness of the problems facing our seas and has also raised almost £2,000 so far to help MCS continue our conservation work.”
Winners: Heather Scott from Swindon; Liz Crow from Farnborough; Milly Pamment from Polegate; Loic Jegou from London; John Wallace from Horsham; Alex Davis, Clinton Pascoe and Aaron Murphy, all from London. To find out more visit www.mcsuk.org