|Where:||Mapleton, Derbyshire at Okeover Bridge|
|When:||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 event which dates back well over 20 years. There were prizes for men and ladies in teams of two, and only 20 teams could 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! Moves to change the date seem to have stalled and it now still takes place as an unofficial event in much the same way as the Cooper’s Hill Cheeserolling in Gloucestershire (see separate post).
The date was set to move 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. In spite of the date move being then officially in place, people still turned up on New Years Day 2015, and in 2016 another unofficial jump took place at New Year. Not everyone is happy with a change so it’s one to double check before turning up….though I suspect New Years Day will continue to be the date for the event for some time to come, at least as an unofficial one.
Mapleton is also spelled Mappleton on some maps and road signs.
Limited places were available so if you wished to compete you needed to enter well in advance, though owing to the unofficial nature of the current jump I suspect this no longer applies. Spectators just turn up on the day to see the fun!
Photo by David on LRM.
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