Clevedon’s Long Swim

PUBLISHED: 13:25 31 July 2019

Long swim

Long swim


Clevedon’s Long Swim is an annual tradition dating back to 1928.

On August 3, as long as the weather is deemed suitable, which does not necessarily mean calm, swimmers will take on the challenge to swim the mile from Ladye Bay, under Clevedon Pier and finish on Clevedon Beach.

The event has taken place every year since 1928, except during the war years, with the race originally starting on the incoming tide from Old Church Hill. Competitors were rowed out by boat and the finishing line was under the pier with the judges on top trying to place the swimmers in finishing order.

The finish was changed to the slipway on the beach when the pier collapsed in 1970.

In 1996, due to the difficulty of obtaining two boats to take the growing number of competitors out to start the swim, the course was changed to swim on the outgoing tide from Ladye Bay, going under the pier and finishing at the pier beach.

100 entrants can take part, they must be 12 years or over, with all under 18s needing to provide a signed consent form. n

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