Boulters Lock to Bray Swim makes sucessful return

Boulters Lock to Bray Swim makes sucessful return

Paul Miles

Boulters Lock to Bray Swim makes sucessful return

A popular Maidenhead event was successfully revived on Saturday when more then 120 people competed in the Boulter's to Bray swim along the River Thames.

Once an annual fixture in the town's sporting calendar, it has not taken place for about 40 years.

Swimmers braved the water at 6am at Boulters Lock, in Lower Cookham Road, to follow a 1.7 mile route which finished opposite the Waterside Inn, Bray.

Organiser Keith Dixon, 49, of College Avenue, said: "It's been absolutely brilliant. We've come from no people in the past 40 years to 125 participants today. It's great for Maidenhead."

Dating back to the 1800s, in its history the swim produced some noteworthy characters, including the Badcock brothers who dominated the men's event for 13 years.

This year saw swimmers aged from 15 to 75 take part, with some of the previous winners invited back to take part in the revival.

Cynthia Lockey, of Well End, competed in the swim over a number of years and won the event in1950.

The 78-year-old, who had come to watch, said: "I thought it was wonderful, it has been a lovely turn out."

All but one of the swimmers who took part managed to finish the course. The fastest time of 25 minutes and 50 seconds was set by Reading Blue Coat school student, 16-year-old Alastair Bingham.

See photos from the event in our slideshow below.

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