Competition for the Bulstrode Cup at the Ipswich Long Distance Swimming Championship 1913
The film opens with a shot of the competitors at the start of the race. There are shots of the race along the River Gipping (Orwell). A mixture of strokes are shown, including various forms of side arm. The winning man and woman are seen crossing the line and climbing out onto the Quay.
Fred Pickering was born in Ipswich in 1886 and died in 1967. A moulder at Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, he learned to swim in the Gipping and joined the Ipswich swimming club at a young age. During the early years of the century, many swimming competitions were held in the sea, swimming along the shoreline. He was Suffolk Champion for three years in succession, which enabled him to keep the cups. He won about 30 medals in addition to this. Fred also played water polo. When he married in 1913, the swimming club presented him with a silver letter tray.