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Supporting The Long Swim

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The Long Swims Lewis Pugh in Brighton Marina

Last month Brighton Marina played host to renowned endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh as he continued ‘The Long Swim’ challenge – the incredible task of attempting to swim the full length of the English Channel in just speedo swimming trunks, a cap and goggles.

This latest challenge will see Lewis swim 560 km along the English coastline, averaging five hours swimming and covering between 10km to 20km each day. Setting off on 12th July from Land’s End in Cornwall, Lewis Pugh’s swim marks the start of a worldwide campaign entitled Action for Oceans, an initiative that is calling on the government to fully protect at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. 

In Lewis Pugh’s own words: “I am swimming the length of the English Channel to call on the British government to urgently protect the waters that surround the UK. The truth is that only 7 square kilometres out of a total of 75,000 square kilometres of the UK’s waters are fully protected. That amounts to a mere one-hundred-thousandth. This is shocking. The British Government must protect the UK coastline properly by introducing fully protected Marine Protected Areas (MPA).”

To prepare for this momentous challenge, Lewis has been training in the cold and rough waters of South Africa and the Falkland Islands, swimming an average of 7 kilometres a day. The swim is expected to end in Dover towards the end of August. Surfers Against Sewage, one of the UK’s leading marine conservation charities, is a partner in the campaign and will be hosting regular beach clean-ups along the swim route. 

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