New date for Big Swim

PUBLISHED: 13:30 06 September 2012

RNLI open day, Anhor Head weston,

RNLI open day, Anhor Head weston,

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AN ANNUAL Big Swim in aid of the RNLI will take place this Sunday after the date was rearranged.

The event, which will see a group of hardy swimmers brave the seas to swim from Brean Down to Anchor Head, a 2.5 mile slog in powerful tides.

The currents mean the swimmers rarely travel in straight lines in the second-largest tidal range in the world, taking between 45 and 90 minutes to complete.

The swim has raised more than £25,000 since it was first organised eight years ago.

The race was supposed to take place in August but the organisers were unable to get enough kayaks to escort each swimmer – but this safety issue has now been resolved.

The race will start at 10.30am on Sunday at Brean Down.

Lifeboat operations manager, Pete Holder said: “It is always good to hear from those who raise the funds to allow us to keep saving lives at sea. We are a volunteer service completely dependent on donations and legacies to continue our work. This money will help in our rigorous training of the volunteers who man our lifeboats.”

To sponsor a swimmer, go to http://www.justgiving.com/teams/BigSwim2012

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