More than 150 swimmers set to take part in Boulters to Bray swim

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More than 150 swimmers set to take part in Boulters to Bray swim

Swimmers are gearing up for the annual Boulters to Bray race this weekend which is one of the oldest open water swimming events.

The race, which dates back to the 1800s, is a 2.8km or a 1.4km swim downstream and is sponsored by the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.

More than 150 swimmers have signed up this year to the event which begins at Ray Mill Island and will finish outside the Waterside Inn, Bray.

The original event stopped running in 1969 but was revived in 2012 by the Boulters to Bray Swim Trust.

Keith Dixon, one of the organisers said: “We’ve had quite a bit of rain this year so the swimmers have a faster time as the current will help push them along.

“Any money raised from the event will be split between two local sports charities and those are usually decided later in the year.”

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