Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim

When:

Sunday 7 August 2016

Where:

Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth

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The biggest charity swim in Europe heads back to Bournemouth in 2016. Join thousands of other supporters on Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim as you brave the English channel in this incredible 1.4 mile open water challenge. 
 

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When: Sunday 7 August 2016

Where: Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth

Join thousands of other swimmers supporting the fight against heart disease by taking on this unforgettable swimming challenge.  

You must be at least 14 years old to take part in Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and anyone under 18 will need to complete a digital entry form and send it back to us.

Entry Fees

Adult               Child (14yrs +) 
 £25  £12 - download entry form (pdf)

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Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event. It's the money you raise that powers our life saving research

As this event is such a unique challenge we ask that you please raise a minimum sponsorship of £150. In fact, last year the average amount individual swimmers raised was £195 - so we hope you can raise even more in 2016, as our life-saving research relies on your fundraising.

If you were due to take part in this event on the original date of Sunday 10 July, then your registration has automatically been transferred to this new date, however if you would prefer to defer your place until 2017, or be refunded then please get in touch.

Your Bournemouth Pier to Pier entry includes

  • Full water safety cover and first aid support
  • Swim hat and wristband to wear during the swim
  • Luggage transport from start to finish location
  • Training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • Medical support
  • A medal for all finishers
  • A complimentary hot drink and bottle of water at the finish

Contact us

If you would like more information about this event please get in touch.

Telephone: 0845 130 8663
Email: [email protected]

(Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00)

 

The start

The event takes place very near Bournemouth Town Centre and there are plenty of pay and display car parks nearby. Follow the signs as you approach the town, and remember to bring some change with you.

Finish

Boscombe Pier, Undercliff Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5 1BN

 

Raise money

Your fundraising helps our researchers make more discoveries and keep more hearts beating. 

As Bournemouth Pier to Pier is such a unique challenge we ask that you please raise a minimum sponsorship of £150.  In fact, last year the average amount individual swimmers raised was £195 - so we hope you can raise even more in 2016 to help support our life-saving research. 

Create an online fundraising page - it's the easiest way to get sponsored. Share your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.

Take a look at our fundraising tips for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.

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Get fit for your Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim

Swimmers of all abilities are welcome at the Bournemouth Pier to Pier swim, however, we strongly recommend training for this event particularly if you are not familiar with sea swimming. It is quite different from swimming in the local pool.

Team GB swimmer Keri-Anne Payne shares her shares her top training tips

For more expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit our training zone.

Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips.

Make sure you have the right kit

For safety reasons, you'll need to wear the swim hat and wristband we send you, and we recommend wearing a wetsuit (though this isn't compulsory).

Take a look at our recommended kit list for what to wear on the day, and what to bring with you. You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.

Join us on Facebook

Join the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Facebook event page for event updates and share your experiences with other swimmers,

Get your family and friends involved

Invite your family and friends to cheer you along at your event.

Or ask them to volunteer. Our volunteers are vital in making our events a success, helping by cheering, handing out medals or setting up.

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At the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim

08:00  Information tent open
09:40
 Check-in and safety briefing - Yellow hat swim
10:00  Event starts - Yellow hat swim
11:45
 Check-in and safety briefing - Red hat swim
12:00  Event starts - Red hat swim
14:00  Event finishes

The Bournemouth Pier to Pier route

Setting off from Bournemouth Pier, you'll swim 1.4 miles parallel to the shore as you make your way to the finish line at Boscombe Pier. Lifeguards will be present in the sea and along the shore at all times, and full First Aid cover will be provided by St. Johns Ambulance.

Photos from the event will be available for purchase from mysportspix.net after the swim.

General Facilities

Public changing rooms are available at Bournemouth Pier. There will be a luggage transport service to take your belongings to the finish - remember to attach the luggage label provided. There are toilets available at both start and finish locations.

Refreshments

Refreshments can be purchased from the many cafes at Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers. All participants will receive water and a free hot drink once their swim is completed.

Join us on Facebook

Join the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim Facebook page and get event information, updates and share training tips and stories with other swimmers

Spectators

Your friends are family are very welcome to join in cheering at the finish line at Boscombe Pier. Ask them to look the part and ramp up the red!  Sorry - dogs are not welcome at this event.

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