Brighton & Hove's newest swim challenge event

Thank you to everyone who went to Great Lengths to support local young people with learning disabilities – our candidates – to reach their full potential!

It’s not too late to donate to our team of swimmers here.

Image depicts the pool at Sea Lanes Brighton.

About the event

Great Lengths took place on Sunday 24 September and this was Brighton & Hove’s first inclusive swim challenge. The event bridged the gap between indoor and outdoor swimming at the brand new Sea Lanes on Madeira Drive – the UK’s first national open water swimming centre.

Thank you to each and every swimmer that went to Great Lengths, challenged themselves, and raised money to help young people with learning disabilities – our candidates – to find paid employment and reach their full potential.

We would also like to thank our wonderful volunteers and staff for their efforts in making this event a success, and our venue partners Sea Lanes Brighton and South Downs Leisure.

The challenge

Participants chose from a range of distances: 50m | 100m | 400m | 800m | 1.6k (1 mile) | 2.5k | 5k (3 miles) | ‘Dip your toe’ (getting into the water or swim less than 50m)

All participants received:

– a reusable Great Lengths swim cap
– fundraising support from our team
– to reduce the waste, an edible medal on completing their personal challenge, expertly made by our young people in our training cafés

Upon registration participants received one free swim session at the Sea Lanes pool prior to the event. This was a great opportunity to do some training and enjoy the open water swimming experience before the big day.


The event space has the following accessibility features:

– Wheelchair access to swimming pool building, reception and changing area.
– A ‘Changing Places’ toilet and changing room
– Assisted access hoist into the pool
– Carers go free – just let us know ahead of the event.


This event raised money for Team Domenica and we are still accepting donations via our Just Giving page.

Fundraising Tips Great Lengths 2023

Great lengths 2023 Terms and Conditions

Great Lengths 2023 Registration Guide

Frequently asked questions

We have put together some FAQs with the help of our candidates.

Great Lengths 2023 FAQs

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