SwimTrek and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) are set to team up again in 2016 to bring you the Big Sea Swim from the beautiful setting of Eastbourne beach. The event has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2012 and last year over 100 swimmers took to the sea to raise funds for the vital work of MCS.
The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading charity working to protect our seas, shores and marine wildlife and last year the event raised nearly £4,000 to help fund its work. Head of Fundraising Ian Fraser explains “the Big Sea Swim is a great day for novice swimmers as well as outdoor swimming enthusiasts. It’s a brilliant way to get people into the water and raise awareness of the work we are doing to clean up our seas and protect our marine wildlife. We are really keen to raise more money than ever before and would encourage anyone who is interested in wild swimming or who wants to help us protect our marine environment for future generations, to give it a go.”
Open water swimming is a rapidly growing adventure sport and the Big Sea Swim is becoming a regular feature on the calendar for swim challenge enthusiasts. Ian told us “The really great thing about this event is that you don’t need to be a serious open water swimmer; if you can swim 50 lengths of your local pool, you can get involved in the 1K swim. But if you are an experienced swimmer the 3K is a good challenge. Whatever your ability you can help raise funds to protect your seas.”
The event will be held on 16th July, with swim starts at 11am and there will be plenty of other attractions to enjoy on the day. Keep an eye on www.swimtrek.com and MCS’s website www.mcsuk.org for details about the event, how to fundraise and how to sign up.