On Sunday 1st October, local swimmers will be gathering at the Meadowside Leisure Centre to compete in the annual Bridge to Bridge swimming race which is being sponsored by Else Solicitors and a number of other local businesses.
The competition started in 1932 when Tommy Curtis (the Director of Burton’s Co-Op) donated a trophy in memory of his son, Stanley, who died in a tragic motorbike accident. The race began as an individual 1,500 metres’ swim from the Ferry Bridge to Trent Bridge. It moved to the Branston Gravel pits in 1953, due to pollution in the Trent, and was discontinued in 1971 for safety reasons.
Burton Amateur Swimming Club resurrected the event 21 years later in the safety of the Meadowside pool and it has run every year since. The race remains the same distance as the original, 1,500 metres, which is 60 lengths of the pool.
Else Solicitors’ Carol Scorer will be competing again this year. Carol had the fastest time in her category last year, swimming 60 lengths in just 29 minutes 36 seconds. She has been training hard and is hoping to be victorious again this year.
Else Solicitors is also delighted to, once again, be sponsoring this historic event. Chris Else, Managing Partner said, “One of our core values is supporting our local community. We believe it is important for businesses to put something back into the community they serve and we are very happy to sponsor this event. It is also great to see our staff getting involved in fundraising events. Carol is a member of the Lions Club and is often out raising funds for local causes. Good luck with your swim, Carol!”
Everyone at Else Solicitors would like to wish Carol and all the other participants luck in this brilliant event!