Swimmers take the plunge in the Brighton Pier to Pier Race

SWIMMERS made the leap to an annual open swim along the coast this morning.

Hundreds of people took part in the 85th Brighton Pier to Pier Race, which saw swimmers complete a mile-long route from West Pier to Palace Pier.

Competitors in wetsuits and Speedos patiently waited to start the swim at 11.30am this morning, lasting between 16 and 35 minutes.

Also in attendance were brother-sister duo Emily and Edward Howard, attending the event for the first time.

The couple had registered for the race by mistake and instead wanted to take part in the “Experience” event for recreational swimmers.

The Argus: Brother and sister Edward and Emily Howard accidentally took part in the pier to pier raceBrother and sister Edward and Emily Howard accidentally entered the pier to pier race

Edward from London said: “We didn’t know so we happened to be in the race and we’ve never done an open water swim like this before. I am a bit nervous.”

Emily shared her brother’s nervousness but also expressed her excitement at taking part in the swim.

She said: “I live in Brighton so I used to swim in the sea in the mornings.”

Also attending was David Tucker, who was also racing for the first time after recovering from Covid.

He said: “I’m not really aiming for a period, having gotten Covid a couple of weeks ago. If I could do it in 20 minutes I would be happy.”

The Argus: David Tucker was among the hundreds who took part in the pier to pier raceDavid Tucker was among the hundreds who took part in the pier to pier race

Other swimmers also took part in the “Experience” event, which saw dozens of swimmers enter the water in groups and complete the course.

Established in 1860, Brighton Swimming Club’s sea swimming department operated daily until the Second World War when the beaches were closed as they were guarded by defences.

While the club retained its sea swimming section throughout, it included pool swimming when public baths began operating in the late 19th century.

The Argus: Hundreds took the plunge into the sea this morningHundreds ventured into the sea this morning

The pool area represents one of the city’s largest youth clubs, while the ocean area is thriving at a time of tremendous interest in open water swimming.

Competitive members of the club have received honors up to and including international representation and many have completed solo channel swimming over the years.

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