On Sunday 1st October the annual BASC Bridge to Bridge event took place. This event has been on the local swimming calendar for many years and attracts swimmers from far afield plus swimmers from all the local teams. This year marked the 85th Anniversary of the event and the 25th year it has been held at the Meadowside Leisure Centre.
The organisation of the event by our superb B2B team – Jean Hiatt, Brian Brooks, and David Hutton – is a major task with months of hard work and dedication culminating in the day long event at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton. The race is over 60 lengths, being the 1500m distance between the two bridges in the town, and this year Rob Lambley and Craig Day had joined the famous 3 to help run the event for the club.
Without this big fundraising day we would not have the club which we all take great pride in – and all on the Committee are very thankful to the B2B Team for making this event so special in our annual calendar.
This year we had a record number of 255 swimmers during the day – the previous best being 220 a few years ago – so a huge thank you to all of our members for taking part.
This year the club again had a record number of swims to its name and it was great to see so many of our younger kids teaming up in relays, and some of the older kids doing relays and individual races.
Burton raised the bar performance wise and came home with winners in the sections shown below – plus our age group teams came home with trophies galore. This year we elected to pick a team for all 5 of the 5 age groups in a similar fashion to the way we pick a gala team. The result was an amazing 5 wins out of 5 despite some strong opposition from neighbours Swadlincote SC who again showed great support by entering teams and individual swimmers.
Special mention to the Age 14 team of Jack Ward, George Stevens, George Greener, Finley Brown and Aidan Joubert ( swimming up 3 years to help the guys) – they smashed a record that had stood for a decade by over 10 seconds.
This event gives great exposure to the youngest of swimmers and we hope as a club to continue to grow the number of BASC entrants in the years to come – so get the date in your diary for next year guys
Our results are listed below but all entrants received a medal and the club was very proud of them all for having a go.
Individual Results for BASC linked swimmer’s past and present:
Jack Ward – 2nd
Finley Brown – 3rd
Sophie Fowkes – Girls winner
Mary Duggan – 2nd
Evie Phillips – 3rd
Matt Gates – Boys Winner
Rhys Owen – 2nd
Holly Bonner – Girls Winner
Callan Dawson – Boys Winner
Kelly Gates – Girls Winner
Georgina Hutton – 2nd
Lorna Hutton – 3rd
Older Age groups:
Mark Brooks. Ian Gates, Simon Ward, Brian Brooks, Mary Bonner, Sam Owen, Pete Stevens. Brain Newbold. Chris West, Jo Stimpson – Age group winner, Jo Durkan, Helen Williams.
Team Results – age group based on eldest swimmer per team:
Age 10 and under:
Burton SC – Harrison Jones, James Copley, Georgia Ulyett, Charlie Miller, Scarlett Perry and Bella Smith – 1st
Marlins – Lana Clamp, Bella Smith, Jaina Muogbo, Amelie Spiers, Amelie Brown and Charlie Moorby – 3rd
Force 10 – Josh Cooper, Dylan Campbell, Dylan Mitchell, Lucas Joubert and Jasper Saunders – 4th
Rolleston Reds – James Copley and school friends – 5th
Rolleston Kids – Emily Copley, Freya Smith, Toby Durkan and Georgina Hiatt plus school friends – 6th
Age 12 and under:
Burton SC – Aidan Joubert, Tom Mitchell, Ella Cooper, Sophie Fowkes, Noah O’Brien and Rosie Bolton – 1st
BRIL – Brieana Shrive, Ruby Welsford, Izzy Stanley and Lilia Beresford – 3rd
Spoon Collectors – Jed Bavester, Max Sandle, Sam Madill, Isaac Gill and Sam Duggan – 4th
Year 7 Sharks – Aimee Stimpson, Ben Harper and school friends – 5th
APE – Alice Hudson, Polly Hudson and Ella Holden – 6th
Age 14 and under:
Burton SC – Jack Ward, George Greener, George Stevens, Finley Brown and Aidan Joubert – 1st and RECORD TIME
FINs Oranges – Finley Brown, Ellie Smith, Joe Mlyrea, Niamh Holden, Aimee Powell and Laurie Barrett – 3rd
Dolphins – Kaliyah Hudson, Evie Phillips, Charlotte Breeze, Sophie Sturman and Charlotte Rumsby – 4th
Mlyrea – Joe Mlyrea, Ellie Mlyrea, Scarlett Perry and William Perry – 5th
Age 16 and under:
Burton SC – Matt Gates. Finlay Bell, Hayley Brightman, Jack Ward, Molly Wishlade and Ben Crockett – 1st
Hammerheads – Eve Sandle, Immy Hill, Mary Duggan, Ella Cooper, Rosie Bolton and Sophie Fowkes – 3rd
Burton SC – Phil Peake, Phil Stimpson, Matt Gates, Ian Gates, Simon Ward and Callan Dawson – 1st
Stevens – Pete, George and William – 1st
Brooks – including Brian and Mark – 2nd
Owen – including Sam and Rhys – 4th
Cooper – including Sarah, Jason and Josh – 5th
Stimpson – Jo, Phil, Aimee and Jonathan – 6th
Wong – Alex, Daisy and Martha – 7th
Greener – Chris, Helen and George – 8th
Brown – Mark, Nicky and Amelie – 9th
Haines – Kerry, Gareth, Sophie and Martha – 10th
Smith – Paul, Lottie and Katie – 11th
Hill – Katie, Immy, Sophie and Oliver – 14th
This year the overall winners for the individual swim were :-
1st – Benjamin Wells – from Swadlincote SC
2nd – Matt Gates – Burton SC
3rd – Jack Ward – Burton SC
1st – Jo Latham – Local Swimming Teacher and coach
2nd – Sophie Fowkes – Burton SC
3rd – Mary Duggan – Burton SC
This event day itself was only possible due to the dedication of parents and friends to cover the shop (Chris and Dave), – Bev for all the certificates – David , Brian, Jean , Suzanne and Jane on the table – Craig for starting the heats and the many timekeepers ( Simon / Martin / Steve/ Ian /Mary / Louise / Suzanne / Phil /Brian / Craig / Rob / Rob / Jo / Jo / Jenny / Simon / Callan / Andy / Sari / Chris / Rachel and Matt to name a few– if I missed anyone then sorry – but with their help plus many friends and other swimmers taking a turn we got through to finish a very long day on time
Great Day for the club!!!!