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“Sardines” Road Trip - River Arun Swim, 3.8km, Sat 18th June 2016

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“Sardines” Road Trip - River Arun Swim, 3.8km, Sat 18th June 2016


(Waiting for the start)

I’ve not been in a swimming race since club swimming at school (and I wasn’t particularly great back then!) so quite how and why I signed up for a 3.8km swim in the River Arun escapes me.
But it’s all good training isn’t it and as 3 of the other “Sardines” were joining me it was going to be a good laugh if nothing else.

3.8km or 2.4miles (ish) is an Ironman or Long Course triathlon swim and the attraction of this race is that it’s started at high/slack water just as the tide turns and the current starts to pull you down river towards the sea - and hopefully the finish line!
The Arun has one of the fastest tidal currents in the UK so this race is where you go for PB times at this distance - with a current up to 3 knots (max) this could be almost double a lot of people’s swim speeds!

We arrived in Littlehampton (nr Arundel) at 8am on the morning of the swim and once we’d managed to get to the same …