Charity sea swim proves success

HARDY swimmers braved the less than perfect weekend weather to take part in a charity sea swim.

More than 50 people took part in the event held to raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

The final total has yet to be totted up, but the charity is delighted with the response to what was its first wild swim event.

Eastbourne was chosen for its excellent swimming water and recommended beach and, although one race had to be cancelled, the coastline did not disappoint.

Tori Williams, community fundraising officer with the MCS, said, “Despite having to cancel the 3km option due to poor weather conditions, all the swimmers said that they had a great time and enjoyed the challenge.

“On behalf of MCS I thank the swimmers, SwimTrek, the voluntary Eastbourne lifeguards and the seafront office for their support. The event has allowed us to raise awareness of the problems facing our seas and has also raised some of the vital funds needed to help MCS continue our conservation work.”

Winners included local man William May who headed the field of men with no wetsuit.

To learn more about the charity and marine campaigns visit www.mcsuk.org