Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim

When:

Sunday 15 July 2018

Where:

Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier

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In 2018, 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. 

 

Registration for the 2018 Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim is now open.

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Sign up for the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim

When: Sunday 15 July 2018

Where: Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier

Registration

  Early bird price (until 1st Jan 2018)  Standard price 
 Adult  £25  £30 
 Under 16's  £10 - Download entry form  £10 - Download entry form

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

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research, so we ask our heart swimmer to set themselves a target of at least £150.

As a special incentive, for those of you who send in at least £150 (excluding gift aid) in sponsorship money by the end of June 2018, you’ll be classed as a star swimmer and will be rewarded with a special swim hat that you can wear with pride during the event.

Please be aware that your swim packs will be sent out no sooner than four weeks prior to the event.

You must be at least 14 years old to take part in Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim. Under 18'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.

Swimming with your family, friends or colleagues? Enter your Team name and Team Leader's name when you sign up!

Your Bournemouth Pier to Pier entry includes

  • Full water safety cover
  • New for 2018 - Branded swim hat 
  • Timing chip and wristband to wear during the swim
  • Luggage transport from start to finish location
  • Training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • Medical support
  • A medal and recorded swim time 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.

Bournemouth Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA

By car

There are plenty of car parks in the town centre, which is near Bournemouth pier. Follow parking signs once you reach the town centre.

By public transport

Bournemouth rail and bus stations are a 20 minute walk away, or just a five minute taxi ride.

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

 

Raise money

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research, so our fundraising target for this event is at least £150. As a special incentive, for those of you who send in at least £150 (excluding gift aid) in sponsorship money by the end of June 2018, you’ll be classed as a star swimmer and will be rewarded with a special swim hat that you can wear with pride during the event.

Did you know - the easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up a fundraising page? Share your page on Facebook, Twitter (#bp2p) and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.

Set up your fundraising page

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

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 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. 

Volunteer for us

Our events cannot happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to help out in the lead up to this event or on event day then please get in touch with us and we will send you more information.

2017 and 2018 Timings

08:00 Information point opens 
09:00 Check-in and safety briefing (Yellow hat swim) 
10:00 Event starts (Yellow hat swim) 
11:00 Check-in and safety briefing (Red hat swim) 
12:00 Event starts (Red hat swim) 
14:00 Event finishes 

The Bournemouth Pier to Pier course

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.

General facilities

Changing facilities in the public toilets are available at Bournemouth Pier. There will be a luggage transport service to take your belongings to the finish – One small piece of luggage only please and 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.

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! We are afraid that dogs are not welcome at this event.

Well done to our amazing Heart Swimmers

Well done to our 2017 Heart Swimmers.

Times

Swimming times can be found on the FR Systems Ltd Website

Fundraising

Now's a great time to give your JustGiving page another push. Let everyone know how you got on and ask them to sponsor you. 
If you haven't started fundraising yet, there’s still time to set up your online fundraising page and collect sponsorship – it’s the easiest way to raise money to help power research.

Don't forget once you have collected all your sponsorship - pay in your fundraising

Follow us on Facebook

Join the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim Facebook Page and share event stories with other supporters, and get updates for next year's event. 

Photos

Photos are available on our Flickr page.

Join us next year 

We hope you had a great swim this year, and if you'd like to register again, you can sign up today.

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