Dock to dock swim across Salford Quays in charity race

By Alex Johnston

Thousands are expected to make a splash at Salford Quays when they take to the water for a charity swim on Saturday.

The Salford Swim attracts some of the world’s best open water swimmers, who compete in elite races for charity.

Swimmers of all abilities take up the challenge, to swim one mile from dock to dock, or follow the top swimmers around the course.

Taking place on Saturday May 14, as part of Manchester’s Great Day of Sport, the event will be screened live on BBC Two from 14.00.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted 2,000 participants.

In the past the swim has played host to stars such as British Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne and world 5k champion Thomas Lurz of Germany, who will be defending his title after winning the Salford Swim last year.

Colin Hill, head of Great Swim, said: “The inaugural swim in Salford proved an enormous hit with swimmers last year.”

“The swim is being staged on the same day as the run and the atmosphere around Manchester and Salford will be amazing. It’s also going to be incredible to see our Olympic hopefuls swimming on live television alongside world class running events.”

The site is open to the public from 10.00, and will close at 17.30. The Elite Men’s race is scheduled for 14.20, with the Elite Women’s set to follow at 14.50.

The race is the latest in a series of events being held at the recently transformed Salford Quays area.

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