River Arun swim

When: Saturday, 20 June 2020

Where: Littlehampton, West Sussex

Distance: 3.8km

Registration fee: £35

Fundraising target: Set your own fundraising target

Enter the River Arun 3.8km swim as part of Team Animal and together we can make the world a kinder place for animals.

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River Arun swimmers at the finish line

2020 will be the twelfth year the River Arun Swim has taken place and another unique chance to swim the river over the classic Ironman distance of 3.8km from Ford to Littlehampton. The River Arun is the second fastest tidal river in the UK and stretches as far north as Horsham and down to the sea at Littlehampton in West Sussex.

There's no fundraising target, we just ask that you raise as much as you can. Every penny you raise will mean that we can be there to help more animals when they need us most. Together we can make sure animals are cared for, protected and given a second chance in a loving home.

About the Swim

Swimmers are taken by coach to the start point at Ford Marina and then make their way on mass to finish at the RNLI in Littlehampton.  Safety is of uppermost priority, there will be water safety including the Harbour Master's launch, pilot boat, safety RIBS, kayaks and Sussex Search and Rescue spotters on the river bank.

The start will be just after high tide (at Ford) during the 30 minute period of slack water as the tide starts to ebb away back to the sea. Registration will take place at the RNLI Station in Surrey Street, Littlehampton, BN17 3BL which is also the location for the finish on the quay by the Harbour Lights Cafe. Race packs and numbering take place here. For guaranteed parking head for Coastguard Road (BN17 5LH), which is close to Harbour Park Amusements and only a short walk to the RNLI.

Neoprene wetsuits are compulsory - Please get in touch with the event organisers to check which type of wetsuit you need if you are unsure, wetsuits are available for hire from the organisers.

All our Swimmers will benefit from:

  • A welcome pack with fundraising help and materials
  • Training guides for different abilities
  • Access to a Facebook group where you can chat to other swimmers
  • Support from our dedicated events team to help you smash your fundraising target
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