Early start for charity swimmers

DOZENS of adventurous swimmers are taking to the waters of Eastbourne tomorrow (Saturday) to raise money for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

More than 65 people will be taking part in the event – which is the first of its type ever held by the MCS. Eastbourne was chosen after the 2012 edition of the MCS’s Good Beach Guide, awarded the local shoreline a ‘recommended’ status, meaning it had passed stringent water quality tests. It was also said to have ‘excellent’ bathing water quality.

The swimmers have signed up for two different distances, tackling either a 1km or 3km paddle.

Tori Williams, MCS’ fundraising officer, said, “We’re delighted to launch our very first swim in Eastbourne as it’s a great opportunity to celebrate its recommended status. The Big Sea Swim will be a chance for swimmers of all abilities to experience a wild swim in clean seas.

“About half our swimmers are doing the short distance and the other half the 3km course for more experienced open water swimmers.

“Although it’s too late to register now, we would love as many people as possible to come down and support this intrepid bunch. It will be quite a spectacle as they take to the water.”

Swimmers are meeting on the seafront from 9am on the beach opposite the Redoubt Fortress.