On 30 May 2015 Tim Bailey, who is a past master of Prince of Architects Lodge No 4188, is raising money for the food bank appeal which has been set up by Bootle Group Chairman Ian Gee.
This is a classical race of the modern era with a long history which has been very nearly continuous, going all the way back to the very first time the race was held 1922.
The race has several idiosyncrasies along the course. It starts at the Red House pub Dee Banks, Chester and the overall distance covered by the swimmers actually a mile and a quarter. The course takes the swimmers downstream around the crook of the River Dee with the competitors swimming with the current to the finish line at the suspension bridge near Chester Castle.
With the swim being all downstream, the course winning times vary considerably depending on the seasonal flow of the river, with the winning men’s time varying from 19 minutes 48 seconds to 33 minutes 25 seconds.
Water temperatures at the time of the race are typically around 14oC to 16oC, but back in 2010, the water temperature was much warmer at a balmy 20oC.
The race retains its ancient ‘Dee Mile Champion’ title for the fastest swimmer. In order to receive this title the swimmer must also live within a five mile radius of ‘The Cross’ in the centre of Chester and swim without a wetsuit.
Any donations can be sent to Tim Bailey 35 Highfield Road Ormskirk L39 1NP.