The Lou Parker Open Water Charity Race.

Save the 19th September in your diaries for one of our favourite events in the calendar.

We have run The Lou Parker Open Water Charity Race for the past 10 years in memory of our good friend and fellow openwater swimmer Lou Parker. Lou sadly passed away in 2010 from Melanoma and so as always we are organising this race to raise awareness of this terrible disease to our amazing swimmers and help raise funds for a very special charity.

All proceeds of this race will be donated to the Melanoma Fund a national charity that campaigns tirelessly to ensure as many people understand the risks of excessive sun exposure as possible, especially sunburn, which can triple the chances of melanoma. For further information in the great work they do visit The event is always very popular, with SFT providing a scrumptious and well deserved BBQ breakfast after the final swimmer has finished the course, ensuring the race is not just fun but also memorable. Please come along and help us celebrate the life of our friend, and help us do something positive against this most dangerous form of skin cancer, to those most at risk.

Race Day:

A 4k course is available to swim as an individual or as a relay. This is a relaxed event so you can swim as much or as little as you want. Please note there is NO official timing available. Spot prizes will be presented at the BBQ.

2020 Date: 19th September 2020.

Location: Stubbers Adventure Centre, Ockendon Rd, Upminster, RM14 2TY

Registration: 06:15 – 06:45

Start: 07:00 – 08:30

We charge a registration fee of £12.00 per swimmer, with guests £6.00 for the BBQ. Please enter on the day and pay with cash or cheque made payable to Melanoma Fund.

We look forward to seeing you all there!