Tue 05 Sep 2017
Here's a chance to take part in Burton Amateur Swimming Club's Bridge to Bridge Swim on Sunday 1st October 2017.
John German Estate Agents in Burton are proud to help support the event which aims to raise funds for Burton Amateur Swimming Club (BASC).
If you are up for the challenge and would like to take part, book your place by emailing Jean Hiatt or calling her on 01283 520563 - the closing date for entries is Friday 15th September.
- BASC Bridge to Bridge Swim - Sunday 1st October 2017
- Hosted at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton
- Over 60 lengths (1500m) in total distance
- Trophies to win, commemorative medals, hats and certificates for all swimmers
- Limited places - apply early
Celebrating their 85th anniversary, BASC hope this year will see a record turnout, following on from the success of last year's event which saw over 200 swimmers take part in the Bridge to Bridge Swim. Hosted at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton, swimmers of all ages are encouraged to take part in one of the many categories which include: Individual - Families - Teams.
Open to swimmers aged 12 and over.
Family/Fun Swim - Team Swim (Junior/Open)
No age limits on individuals within a family or team. Any team will consist of a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 swimmers. For more details contact BASC.
Where it all began...
As the name suggests, The Bridge to Bridge race was originally swum in the River Trent between Ferry Bridge and the Trent Bridge. The event began in 1932, with swimmers competing for the Bridge to Bridge Trophy. The trophy, 32 ounces of engraved solid silver, was donated by Mr Tommy Curtis (Director of Burton's Co-op at the time) in memory of his son Stanley who tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident.
The race continued annually until the War and after a six-year break was swum again in 1946 and 1947. However, the growing pollution in the Trent meant this was the last time the event took place in the river. There was a further gap of six years before the race was transferred to the Branston Gravel Pits where it continued annually until 1971 when problems over safety brought it to a halt.
The resurrection of the Bridge to Bridge Swim
Burton Amateur Swimming Club successfully resurrected the race in 1992 for the original Stanley Curtis Trophy, overcoming the problems of pollution and safety by holding at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, supervised by qualified swimming club officials. The event is staged all day and incorporates team swims, family swims and age group swims and is attracting more swimmers each year. It is now considered to be an important item on the sporting calendar for the Burton area and the number of entries continue to grow each year.
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