Salisbury Rotary Club > Five Rivers Festival: RIVER RACE

Five Rivers Festival: RIVER RACE

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On Monday 27th May 2019 at New Bridge (by Churchill Gardens), there will be a series of races from the Sea Cadet building 100m down the river. There will be a Ladies’, Men’s and Team Race starting at approximately 2.30pm and finishing at 5.30pm. Heats will be followed by semi-finals and a final for each category.


To take part in the individual races, you must be aged 16+ and have a suitable, flat, plastic pool inflatable. The river is very deep in the middle and whilst all participants will have a buoyancy aid, you must be a competent swimmer.

There is a maximum of 48 men and 48 ladies in the individual events and 24 teams of 3 in the Team event.

Key Details

PRICE: £15 per individual, £60 per team (of 3). All entries include a free Festival Tech shirt which you can pick up at registration and wear during the event if you would like.

TIME: 2.30pm start, and around 5.30pm finish

EQUIPMENT: Individuals – Each person brings their own inflatable float.  Teams – Inflatables will be supplied for you. Both – You must also wear sensible shoes and we would also recommend wearing swimming goggles.

LOCATION: Churchill Gardens on the River Avon by the Sea Cadet building (SP2 8AA).

RULES AND STRUCTURE: The heats for each Race category will be held as closely together as possible to ensure people aren’t wet for longer than necessary. There are quite a few heats however so please ensure that you are able to keep yourself dry and warm in between races.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

You must wear sensible footwear for protection when exiting the river. We would also recommend that you wear swimming goggles.

What if I have any open cuts/wounds?

From a health and safety viewpoint, please cover up any open wounds or cuts before you start the event. Plasters cannot be given out on the day.

Can I wear fancy dress?

No, wearing fancy dress during the river race is prohibited.

What sort of inflatable can I bring?

Bring a plastic pool inflatable that you can either lie or sit on (don’t bring a ride on inflatable such as a dolphin as you won’t have a chance). Other unacceptable/unsuitable floats include wooden or polystyrene floats, any non-flat floats and inner car tubes with metal valves.

Will there be any changing, toilet and shower facilities on site?

Yes, there will be both dry and wet changing facilities on site (‘dry’ changing within the Sea Cadet building and ‘wet’ changing within the car park behind). You will need to hose down after your races and a facility will be provided at the side/back of the Sea Cadet building. There are only two showers, but they are available within the Sea Cadet building if you do wish to shower.

Where should I park?

The main car park to use will be the Council car park opposite Wiltshire College on the Southampton Road. This only has limited capacity however and vans will not be able to access the car park due to width and height restrictions. Otherwise, we would recommend using Tolgate Road on the Southampton Road side or around Ayleswade Road and Britford Lane on the New Bridge Road side. We are looking to secure more car parking if we can.

Please note that the small car park on the ringroad by the play park will be CLOSED as it will be reserved for use by event vehicles such as Serve On and St Johns Ambulance only.

When do I need to arrive?

You will be contacted by the organisers about two weeks before the event with the itinerary for the afternoon along with the time you need to arrive for registration and a short briefing. Allow plenty of time to get there as the ringroad can often be VERY busy on weekends and we are unlikely to be able to add you to a later group if you miss your time slot.

Will you provide a buoyancy aid?

Yes and wearing one will be mandatory.

Is there an age restriction?

Yes, you must be aged 16+ from an insurance point of view.

How good a swimmer must I be?

The river depth is over head-height all down the course and the strength of the flow will depend on the amount of rainfall prior to the event. You must therefore be a competent swimmer to take part.

Can those with disabilities take part?

In principle yes, but it depends on the disability and the practicalities of getting in and out of the water and managing your safety during each race.

Can I come along and spectate?

This is a real spectator event so we would encourage you to bring lots of friends and family, all with cameras ready to take some interesting photos. There will be three viewing areas: the Sea Cadet building, the river bank opposite the building and along the footpath at Churchill Gardens.

Will there be any refreshments available?

Yes. The Sea Cadets will be providing hot and cold refreshment throughout the afternoon.


Individual Race
To book your place and pay for entry into either the Ladies’ or Men‘s individual race, please click the INDIVIDUAL BOOK NOW button below.

Team Race
To reserve your place for the Team Race, please click on the TEAM RESERVE NOW button below. Please provide as much information at the time of reserving your team as possible. Please then either email the outstanding documents to or post them to Team River Race, c/o Boatwrights Estate Agents, 41 Castle Street Salisbury SP1 3SP.

Please download the following forms as appropriate

Team Application Form (as appropriate)
General Festival and specific River Race Terms & Conditions

Team Reserve NowIndividual Book Now