A pair of old mates will maintain their record of perfect participation in the Barrett Bunbury Swim Thru this Saturday.
Organiser Errol Barrett and City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club Old Boy Lloyd Parker will don their bathers for the 31st consecutive time for the iconic South West event.
The 1.6km Swim Thru, which starts at Dragon Boat Beach and ends at the Parade Hotel, has run in some form for more than 80 years, with funeral home William Barrett & Sons acting as the main sponsor for the past 30.
“Swimmers are split into age groups and nominate their own times, with whoever finishing closest to their chosen time the winner, ” Mr Barrett said.
“The format of the race gives everyone an equal chance of winning and the whole day is just good fun for the entire family.”
Mr Parker, who in years gone by came close to being the fastest male, is no longer concerned with where he finishes.
“I was nearly first across the line a couple of times when I was younger but at this stage I’m more worried about the pub being closed by the time I finish, ” he said.
“That’s where I personally do most of my donating.”
Also taking part in this year’s Swim Thru is Perth-based open water swimmer Ceinwen Rob- erts, who completed an English Channel crossing in 2011 and will attempt to swim around New York’s Manhattan Island in June.
The 31st Barrett Bunbury Swim Thru starts at 3pm on Saturday.
To nominate call William Barrett & Sons on 9721 2783 or enter on the day at Dragon Boat Beach between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.All proceeds go to the City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club.
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