Swim the Devon coast at Chagford Swimming Pool

This challenge is to swim sufficient lengths at Chagford Pool between now and 5pm on Sunday, 13th September, to cover the distance from Coombe Martin in North Devon to Lyme Regis in East Devon. According to the Southwest Coast Path guide the distance is 355km.

The pool length is 34m so 10,441 lengths are needed! The Challenge can be divided into:

  • North Devon, Coombe Martin to Marsland Mouth which is 138km (4059 lengths),
  • South Devon, Plymouth to Starcross, 167km (4912 lengths),
  • East Devon, Exmouth to Lyme Regis 50km (1471 lengths).
  • Swimmers are needed to participate and every length swum counts towards the cumulative total.

Participants will be able to notify the organisers during the challenge so there can be regular updates of how far has been swum. All lengths will be valuable, few or many!

By undertaking the challenge, we hope that funds can be raised for the pool by asking participants to gain sponsorship for their overall effort or a specific number of lengths – their choice.

Registration will be online through the website and sponsorship / donations through JustGiving. Length counting is on a trust basis for each participant.
Support by donation alone is also available as participation in swimming at Chagford Pool in these strange times may not be possible for some people. Also, no audience will be allowed, thanks to COVID!

The Pool Committee has achieved wonders in opening the pool this year even though it is for limited use due to COVID restrictions. Opening in late July has meant that this season will be very short.

Added to this, each session is limited to a reduced number of swimmers. The overall income for this season has been badly affected and there are always running costs to be covered.

Fundraising events run by the Committee usually help to towards financing capital projects, maintenance and replacements. Understandably, no events have been held this year but we have this wonderful resource and a surprising number of swimmers enjoying it now!

By being involved in this challenge you would be supporting the pool through this very difficult year and, hopefully, help it to be in a stronger position for the start of the 2021 season.

Please register your interest on the Chagford Pool website
(https://chagfordpool.co.uk/) and you will be contacted with further information and a link to download an official sponsorship form.

Ben Fox

Author: Ben Fox

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