Join thousands of sea swimmers braving the English Channel for the annual Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim this July. This popular, annual occasion, in support of the British Heart Foundation, dares swimmers and paddlers alike to swim the 1.4 miles of open water between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers.
Whether you’ve got a family history of heart disease or you’re just up for a completely different challenge, this is a daring and inspirational feat. Make sure you top up your entry fee (£25 adults, £12 under 16s) by gathering sponsorship from those who are offering to hold your towel or get the drinks in at the finish line!
You must be 14 years or older to take part in the swim, which runs parallel to the shore as you make your way along to the iconic Boscombe Pier, built in 1889 and recently restored to grandeur. Participants get a swim hat, chip and wristband to wear during the challenge, giving them an official recorded swim time. They also receive training guidance and medical support, luggage transport from start to finish, a medal and much needed hot drink and bottle of water at the finish. Lifeguards will be in the sea for the duration of the event and full first aid cover will be provided by St. John’s Ambulance.
There are two swims on the day – the yellow hat swim starts at 10am and the blue hat swim 12pm. Registration is from 8am and the whole event will be wrapped up by 2pm.
So whether you’re pushing for a PB or this is your first proper sea endurance challenge for a cause much too close to home, the achievement of completing the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim will make you swell with pride.