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Brighton, UK Sat 26th June 2021
The most historic open water swim event in Brighton.
Take part in one of the UK’s oldest swimming races hosted by the oldest continuously running swimming club in England.
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Event Date & Times
Date: Saturday 26th June 2021
(contingency dates 10th July & 24th July )
Time: Waves will start from 11am.
Swimmers must be over 18 to swim the race.
Anyone under 18 must be part of a swim club and enter the Under 18’s race.
Exact timing of your wave will be confirmed once entry has been completed.
Get ready for some fun
What to Expect.
An Iconic Race
1km open water swim from West Pier to Palace Pier
A Swim for Everyone
Open to all adults (and children in Swimming Clubs)
Fancy taking home some silverware?
Now in its 84th year Brighton’s Pier to Pier race is a 1K swim hosted by England’s oldest swimming club, BSC under the safety of Blue Response.
The swim starts adjacent to the infamous derelict West Pier and ends at the Iconic Palace Pier.
We welcome independent and club swimmers, swimming costume (skins) and wetsuit swimmers. Our aim is to organise a friendly, fun event, whilst providing a challenge for all swimmers.
The event is open to swimmers over the age of 18 years with a special race for 14-17 year olds, and trophies are awarded for various categories (including separate prizes for wetsuit and skins swimmers). Every swimmer will receive a medal to commemorate their swim.
The entry price includes refreshments at the end of the race, a swim hat for the race, timing chip to wear during the swim, event insurance, full lifeguard and medical support and transportation of bags/personal effects to the race finish. Even a finishers medal!
84 years old
The History of the Swim
In 1936 Brighton Municipal Council donated a trophy for an annual Pier to Pier swimming race, covering the two thirds of a mile course, open to swimmers from the UK, and to be staged by Brighton Swimming Club.
Each year, with interruptions for wartime beach closures and one or two cancellations due to rough seas, the race has been a highlight of the seafront event calendar.
Starting as a male only event, the race was opened up in the 1980s to both sexes, and the prize categories widened to include different age groups and team efforts.
Past swimmers have included an Olympic medallist, channel swimmers and top national pool swimmers.
Competitors used to dive off the West Pier to start the race, but since the West Pier closure in 1971 the race has started from the beach immediately next to the old pier.
The passing years have seen increased interest in the race, resulting in higher numbers of competitors, from all over the UK, and in recent years from overseas.
Most years have seen developments in how the race has been conducted, and this continues for 2021.
Brighton Swimming Club receives a great deal of voluntary assistance in staging the event from local clubs which specialise in sea activities.
Brighton & Hove City Council and the Brighton Palace Pier provide much needed support in staging this iconic event and we are grateful for their continued help.
The swim has been traditionally been run as a race and this will continue, but we are also excited to be able to open it up to more non competitive swimmers this year. As a result we have added a challenger wave where the prize is focusing on the achievement of finishing the swim.
A special thank you
Event FeedbackThe Pier to Pier is my favourite race of the year, because even though it’s competitive there is always a fun and friendly atmosphere. No race is the same, which keeps it exciting and there is nothing better than spotting friends and family on the pier at the finish.
A Race for EveryoneTwo things never change on race day, regardless of how many Pier to Pier races you’ve done. A touch of nerves on the start line and the desire to keep pace with someone zipping past you during the race. I was lucky enough to win my first two years in the race, so the keeping up with the 'zipping past’ swimmers was something I had to learn, to my cost, in later years
Beautiful SwimNervous, excited, relief, beautiful. What a swim!
A Great Day OutI take part in the Brighton Pier to Pier swim for many reasons. Each year the race is a different, the competitors are different, the sea temperature is different, the weather is different and the wind is different - but one thing that is never different is the warm welcome from all the members of Brighton Swimming Club. After we have finished our swim they welcome us and celebrate our achievements. It’s a fantastic day out by the sea and I love it love it love it.