Bridge to Bridge 2019 – Report

Burton Amateur Swimming Club’s Bridge to Bridge Swim 2019

On Sunday 6th 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’s event being supported by Bavaria 0.0% and Inchcape Toyota Burton.

The organisation of the event by our superb B2B teamJean 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. Health and Safety now dictates that we do in the pool rather than the River Trent.

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 over 265 swimmers during the day – a record entry level – so a huge thank you to all of our members for taking part.

This year the club 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 and records galore. Once again 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 kids swimming in the individual heats in the morning session.


  • A new name on the overall fastest swimmer trophy with Swadlincote SC swimmer Michael Brown taking the first place, chased to the line Burton SC Matt Gates in second and Jack Ward in third.
  • The Open Age BASC team of Adam Doughty, Jack Ward, Finley Brown, Sam Hickinbottom, Matt Gates and George Greener beat the long standing fastest ever team record – they beat the magical 14.50 minutes barrier – meaning the average 50 m was below the 29 second margin – brilliant team effort and well coached by Ian and Simon
  • Only 30 minutes earlier the age 12 team from BASC went for the record time in their age group – a great sign of progress beating a BASC from 2015 – so real credit to them for breaking the record – Harrison Jones, Connor Small, Oliver Frost, Charlie Miller, Georgia Ulyett and Bella Smith.
  • BASC parents in Dads and Mums teams having a go for the first time in a competitive race off side by side in the middle of the pool – the Mum’s team winning the maiden title – well done to Jenny Cooke, Mary Bonner, Emily Ulyett, Fiona Campbell, Jo Durkan and Sarah Cooper
  • Sophie Fowkes defending the overall fastest lady title – with Swadlincote SC Sophie Millidge coming second and Burton SC Ella Cooper coming third.

This event gives great exposure to the youngest of swimmers and we hope as a club to continue to maintain 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

Age 12-15

Jack WardBoys winner

George Greener – 3rd

Sam Hadley – 4th

Sophie FowkesGirls winner

Ella Cooper – 3rd

Charlotte Rumsby – 4th

Age 16-19

Matt Gates – 2nd

Finley Brown -4th

Immy HillGirls Winner

Holly Bonner – 2nd

Age 20-29

Paige CollingGirls Winner

Kelly Gates – 2nd

Older Age groups – ages hidden to protect the innocent!!!!

Mark Brooks  – age group winner  

Ian Gates

Simon Ward

Brian Brooks  – age group winner

Mary Bonner

Jo Durkan

Emily Ulyett

Jenny Cooke – age group winner

Sarah Cooper

Pete Stevens

Team Results – age group based on eldest swimmer per team

Age 10 and under

Burton SC – Bella Richards, Dylan Campbell, Lucas Joubert, Sam Benstead, Oliver Mitchell and Toby Durkan – 1st

Blue Marlins – Jonny Stimpson, Dylan Campbell, Edward Frost, Daniel Spiers, Joe Mills and Seb Jones

Girl Power – Chloe Clamp, Blythe Wroughton, Abigail Hughes, Molly Hull, Rebecca Pardoe and Jess Ulyett

Mini Mermaids – very young kids including Maddy Smith and Holly Durkan with school friends

Age 12 and under

Burton SC – Harrison Jones, Connor Small, Oliver Frost, Bella Smith, Charlie Miller and Georgia Ulyett – 1st

G Force – Amelie Spiers, Charlie Miller, Charlie Moorby, Georgia Ulyett, Rachael Greener and Bella Richards

The Marlins – Dylan Mitchell, Oliver Frost, Henry Duncan, Finlay Pearson, Yuri Oliferuks and James Copley

Girl Ray Power – Emily Copley, Olivia Standley, Amber Wan, Lillie Hambleton, Orla Leyland and Issy Mills

Supersonic Waves – Freya Smith, Beth Holmes, Neha Varghese, Lana Clamp, Issy Hambelton and Evie Harvey

Wave Thrashers – Florence and Dorothy Archer plus friends

Age 14 and under

Burton SC –Tom Mitchell, Ella Cooper, George Preston, Rosie Bolton, Charlotte Breeze and Sophie Fowkes – 1st

Supersonic Sharks – Josh Cooper, Harry Preston, Edan Maxwell, Connor Small, Jasper Saunders and Christian Powlson Walker

Wave Riders – Jaina Muogbo, Georgina Hiatt, Amelie Brown, Ruby Welsford, Bella Smith and Issy Hambelton

Age 16 and under

Burton SC –George Greener, Ella Cooper, Matt Appelbee, Tom Mitchell, Sophie Fowkes and Jack Ward– 1st

Appelbees and Prestons – Matt, Joshua, Harry and George

Open Teams

Burton SC –Matt Gates, Sam Hickinbottom, Jack Ward, Finley Brown, George Greener and Adam Doughty – 1st

Paige’s Piranhas – Paige Colling, Rosie Bolton, Ella Cooper, Immy Hill, Emma Brown and Annabelle Joseph

Mel’s Mantarays – Mel Parsons. Sophie Fowkes, Issy Stanley, Mary Duggan, Caitlin Thomas and Sophie Sturman

Burton Masters – Ian Gates, Simon Ward, Callan Dawson, Oliver Hill, Andy Hiatt and Dave Hughes

Burton Mums – Sarah Cooper, Emily Ulyett, Jo Durkan, Jenny Cooke, Fiona Campbell and Mary Bonner

Burton Dads – names withheld to protect them as the mums won!!!!

Family Teams

Stevens – Pete, George and Will – 4th

Brooks – including Brian and Mark – 5th

Durkan/Hiatts – Jean’s family propelled by Holly, Toby and Georgie – 6th

Brown – Mark, Nicky and Amelie –7th

Coopers – Josh, Jason and Sarah – 8th

Holmes – including Beth – 9th

Hills – Immy. Oliver and Sophia – 12th

Smith Family – including Katie – 15th

Haslam – including Seb – 16th

This year the overall winners for the individual swim were :-

Men’s Result:

1stMichael Brown – from Swadlincote SC

2ndMatt GatesBurton SC

3rdJack WardBurton SC

Women’s Result:

1stSophie FowkesBurton SC

2ndSophie MillidgeSwadlincote SC

3rdElla Cooper – Burton SC  

This event day itself was only possible due to the dedication of parents and friends to cover the shop (Chris and Dave), – David , Brian, Jean , Suzanne, Marina and Jane on the table –and the many timekeepers !!!!!!

Great Day for the club!!!!

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