|Where:||Mapleton, Derbyshire at Okeover Bridge|
|When:||Easter Monday / New Years Day|
|Time:||From 11 am onwards|
The Mapleton Bridge Jump sees competitors launching themselves from the parapet of Okeover Bridge into the chilly waters of the River Dove about 30 feet beneath; they then swim a short distance and run 500 yards to the finish. It’s a charity fundraising eventich dates back well over 20 years. There are prizes for men and ladies in teams of two, and only 20 teams can compete in each race.The Ladies races start at 11 with the Gents following at mid-day – Ladies win the Brass Iron while Gents win the Brass Monkey award!
The date was moving to Easter for 2015 (so would have been held on Monday 6th April) BUT that clashes with fishing & lambing season so it didn’t happen. Time will tell if a date move is permanent but as the change is to attract greater numbers of both entrants and competitors, it seems likely to be a long-term shift if it moves date at all. In spite of the date move being then officially in place, people still turned up on New Years Day 2015 and not everyone is happy with a change so it’s one to double check before turning up…. The date is yet to be set for 2016.
Mapleton is also spelled Mappleton on some maps and road signs.
Limited places are available so if you wish to compete, enter well in advance. Spectators just turn up on the day to see the fun!
Photo by David on LRM.
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