Charity takes the plunge in town’s ‘recommended’ sea

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A charity sea swim organised by The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) will be held in Eastbourne for the third time because of the town’s excellent bathing conditions.

Since the Big Swim event began in 2012 it has raised more than £7,000 for MCS, the UK’s leading marine charity.

It is open to swimmers of all abilities and people can register online now for the event which will take place on Saturday July 12.

Fundraisers can either take part in the 1km swim, or sign up for the 3km swim if they’re up for a bigger challenge.

Last year more than 50 swimmers took part in the event, which is run by the MCS and swimming events firm SwimTrek.

Tori Williams, MCS community fundraising officer, says the Big Sea Swim is a chance to experience a wild swim in clean seas. She said, “In our 2013 edition of the MCS Good Beach Guide, Eastbourne was given ‘recommended’ status which means it has passed stringent water quality tests and as a result is deemed to have excellent bathing water quality.

“In fact Eastbourne has been recommended for its excellent waters for the last five years on the trot, so the MCS Big Sea Swim is a great opportunity to celebrate Eastbourne’s continuing recommended status.”

Mark Burgess, from SwimTrek, agreed Eastbourne is a fantastic location for the Big Sea Swim with a great beach and excellent water quality – perfect for an open water swim.

He added, “There is plenty of time to get ready, you can prepare in your local swimming pool or join an outdoor group who train together, as this will give you a safe way to experience the open water.

“Swimming regularly and building up your swimming distance to slightly more than what you have entered for will boost your confidence, so you can get in, do your best and have fun on the day.”

Tori Williams says MCS hope swimmers will go the extra mile and get family and friends to sponsor them to raise even more money to help the charity continue its work protecting UK sea shores and wildlife.

Places are limited so swimmers are urged to visit now to find out more about the event and book a place.