SportsAble Swimmers Complete Historic River Swim

Seven brave SportsAble swimmers took to the chilly waters of the River Thames on Saturday July 6th to take part in this year’s historic Boulter’s to Bray swim.

After an early check-in, 160 swimmers eagerly took to the water at 6:15am by Ray Mill Island. From here they swam 2.8k miles downstream passing under two Grade 1 listed bridges – the 18th century Maidenhead Bridge and Brunel’s world-famous ‘Sounding Arch’ railway bridge – before finishing by Bray lock.

The swim is organised by the Bray Swim Trust. Read more about the organisation here.

The Bray Swim Trust explains the event’s history:

The Boulter’s to Bray Swim is one of the oldest open water swimming events, with a history dating back to the 19th century. Taking place on a picturesque stretch of the Thames in Maidenhead, Berkshire, it was once a major annual event in the community. The original event stopped running in 1969, but was reinstated in 2012 by the Boulter’s to Bray Swim Trust. The Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that is keen to maintain the original community spirit of the event, so all proceeds are used to support and promote other amateur sports projects.

If you would like to enquire about disability swimming with SportsAble please email sharon.bridge@sportsable.co.uk.