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Nude swimming introduced at Arundel Lido for The Great British Skinny Dip

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Naturists will be able to go costume-free at Arundel Lido when the outdoor pool joins in The Great British Skinny Dip for the first time.

This thrilling new event will give adults the opportunity to swim naked for one night only, as part of the national event in July.

Arundel Lido has Arundel Castle as the backdrop

Arundel Lido has Arundel Castle as the backdrop

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Nikki Richardson, general manager, said: “This event is for over-18s only and is a fundraiser to help with the cost of our new changing huts.”

The Great British Skinny Dip will be at Arundel Lido on Wednesday, July 3, from 7pm to 9pm.

Last season, Arundel Lido welcomed more than 38,000 visitors to its pools, making it the best season yet.

Nikki added: “Let’s hope 2019 is the same, if not better. Last year provided Arundel Lido with plenty of visitors, bookings and, best of all, numerous sunny days.”

This summer season will be the 16th since the lido was taken over by Arundel and Downland Community Leisure Trust, a registered charity.

The gates open on Saturday, May 4. Adults of all fitness levels are welcome to join the early-morning boot camp with Five Seven Fitness at 8.45am, then from 10am, there will be free entry to the pools for the day. A retro sports day will be held on the field, with traditional races run by Arundel Lido volunteers for adults and children.

The season continues until Sunday, September 8, with both pools open Monday to Friday, 12pm to 6pm, and weekends 10am to 7pm.

Season tickets bought in advance from the lido or over the opening weekend will receive a £5 early bird discount. The office is generally manned 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, but telephone 01903 884772 in advance if you would like to pop in and pay.

Nikki said: “Exciting weekly activities to look forward to this season include South Coast Mermaids, inflatable sessions, swimming lessons, boot camp, aqua aerobics, adult-only swims and parent and toddler sessions, with swim lessons included.

“Active Academies will also be running two Swim and Run camps during the school holidays, Raw Energy Pursuits is running the Arundel Triathlon and Tuff Fitty is hosting numerous training sessions for their members.”

During the winter, Arundel Lido has continued to seek funding towards Project LEAP, through bids and events, including a Casino Royale evening at Hilton Avisford Park, which raised nearly £3,000.

Planning permission for this further development of the site was granted in June last year and the new outdoor changing huts will help keep the traditional feel of the lido.

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Horsham Lions Swimarathon in pictures

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Take a look through a selection of team images from the Horsham Lions Swimarathon which returned to the Pavilions in the Park on Sunday March 17.

The annual event raised thousands for charity. To read the full story, click here.

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Horsham Lions Swimarathon breaks records and raises thousands as event returns for 8th year

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While it was a dull day outside on Sunday, inside the swimming pool at Pavilions in the Park the atmosphere was electric as records for the Horsham Lions Swimarathon were being broken.

The eighth annual fundraiser saw a record amount of £12,377.15 pledged and the maximum number of 40 teams took part for the very first time.

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Silver Swimmers Teams 1 & 2 SUS-190320-112855001

Indivduals of all ages and numerous organisations swam 4320 lengths in the 25 metre main pool, beating the 2017 record by some distance.

This is equal to 108,000 metres or 72 metric miles, again beating all of last year in overall distance.

Lion Tom Osborne said: “It was another outstanding day, well attended by everyone having an interest in the event, their families, friends and support groups.

“Hats off to our disabled swimmers who were just as remarkable in their efforts to compete with the best of them.

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2nd Southwater Cubs Teams 1 & 2 SUS-190320-112919001

“A big thanks to all 240 swimmers for making it what it was, a great day out and memorable occasion for all of us.”

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Councillor Peter Burgess, chair of Horsham District Council attended and welcomed all the participating teams and supporters and officially opened the event.

Horsham MP Jeremy Quin was also able to attend and assisted in presenting the medals to all participating swimmers.

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Peter Burgess said: “Teams came from all over Horsham District and had to swim a length of the Pavilion’s pool of 25 metres.

“This was done in a relay, each member doing one length in turn and then repeating for the allotted time of 55 minutes, so no mean feat.”

Half of the amount raised by the Swimarathon, plus tax received through Gift Aid, will go to The Jigsaw Trust based in Cranleigh.

The charity supports 65 children between four and 19 years of age who have autism and 31 adults with autism at for Long Life Learning, and the money will go towards a new play area and new IT equipment.

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Heron Way PTA Teams 1,2 &3 SUS-190320-114648001

Robin Legge, head of fundraising at the Jigsaw Trust: said “On behalf of everyone at Jigsaw Trust, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the swimmers who took part in the Swimarathon.

“It was truly inspiring to see the efforts and dedication from each team and we feel very fortunate to have been part of this event.

“We’d also like to thank everyone at the Horsham Lions Club. This year’s Swimarathon was a testament to how popular and well organised this event is and Horsham is lucky to have such a committed and altruistic club on it’s doorstep.”

The other 50 per cent of the funds raised at the event will be distributed between local organisations and charities chosen by the participating teams.

A small proportion will also go to Horsham Lions local good causes.

Lion president Clare Wilson of Horsham Lions Club wanted to give her thanks to Peter Burgess, Jeremy Quin and Robin Legge and representatives of The Jigsaw Trust for attending.

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1st Harwood Guides Teams 1, 2 & 3 SUS-190320-114700001

She added: “Thank you also for all 40 competing teams, in particularly the team captains who organised their teams for this great day.

“Our thanks must also be given to PTC Systems, a nationwide company that specialise in IT systems, for sponsoring this 2019 event.

“A final thanks to members of the Lions Club in Horsham, the Swimarathon sub committee and organising teams for their valuable contribution to this day and event.”

For more information about the Horsham Lions Club, email Lion David Trowbridge at david@trowbridge.me.uk

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