Location : River Arun, West Sussex
Distance : 6.5km (turned out to be 7.8km)
Organised by : SwimQuest
A last minute booking with Swim Quest for Sunday 21st September, but I was glad I managed to get my hands on a place.
After the long swim the week before, my body took a while to recover but this was the perfect swim to get me back in the water.
The swim starts at the Black Rabbit in Arundel and you swim up stream towards the Squire and Horse in Bury. With the fast currents and flat water you can really enjoy the feel of the swim as well as the beautiful scenery.
The friendly team from Swim Quest greeted and briefed us before shuttling down to the Black Rabbit. Swim Quest set us off in 4 speed groups which was great as it resulted in us all finishing pretty much together at the other end.
"If a crisp packet can do it, then so can I".
Having trained pretty much solo or with Jon for the last 3 months, it was so nice to be around other passionate swimmers, from all over the Country. They had come to little West Sussex to take part in this wonderful guided swim. One of the best comments from a slightly nervous swimmer was "If a crisp packet can do it, then so can I". This hit a nerve on two accounts. Firstly, I sometimes take for granted how fortunate I am to be so comfortable in the water. It is my second home and I feel so free, happy and confident in any kind of open water. It reminded me of how much joy the activity brings people and how far people have come to attempt this sort of event. Secondly the reference to litter in the water was just another reminder of what we are faced with, and how important it is to keep our open waters clean. However, I am super pleased to say that I did not come across one piece of litter in the water during my swim, just lots of branches :)
I would highly recommend and it is an area I will swim in again.