Dedham Vale Mill 2 Mill Swim and Picnic

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Dedham Vale Mill 2 Mill Swim and Picnic
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The Dedham Vale Mill 2 Mill Swim isn't a race. It's a social swim and a picnic at Flatford Mill, in the heart of idyllic Constable Country. The only difference is to get to the picnic you have to swim from Dedham Mill 2.3km away. The Mill 2 Mill is part of the Slow Swimming campaign, aimed at encouraging swimmers to take their time and enjoy the opportunity to be out fully immersed in nature. There are no timing chips or results sheets. Everyone who takes part is a winner equally.
2.3 km
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Sun, 11 Aug 2019
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East Bergholt, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Flatford Rd, East Bergholt, Colchester CO7 6UJ, UK
Start times
Sunday, 11 Aug 2019
2.3 km: 10:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Dedham Vale Mill 2 Mill Swim and Picnic
2.3 km
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To give everyone an enjoyable swim the event is split into waves. Each wave will go off at twenty minute intervals from 10am, but exact start times will not be known until nearer the time as some waves may be split into two to stop overcrowding in the river.
Wave one: Seriously Need More Cake (Known as Serious), start at 10.00am. Choose this wave if you would like to actually race, but be prepared for a bit of a scrum in the narrow sections.
Wave two: Relaxed 'cause we know where the cake is hidden (Known as Relaxed). Steady pace - no rush.
Wave three: Enjoying the Journey (Known as Enjoying it). Sculling along, maybe with a bit of paddling, smiling and chatting.
Wave four: Pooh Sticks. Basically it's for people who want to really enjoy the scenery and float along using floaty things (nothing bigger than a lilo please) and stick out the occasional hand or foot to paddle. It could be as little as arm bands or a rubber ring.
BUT - please make sure it's both safe (won't go down and drown you) and won't damage the river or river banks. We are here to help look after the river!
How to get there
Flatford Rd, East Bergholt, Colchester CO7 6UJ, UK
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The swim is along the idyllic Dedham Vale in the very heart of Constable Country, with a mass picnic by the river at Flatford Mill, scene of his famous 'Haywain' landscape painting.
Registration is in the picnic field at Flatford Mill.
The start of the swim is opposite the Boathouse Restuarant at Dedham Mill.
We suggest that you park at the end of the course at Flatford Mill (The National Trust have provided us with a car park £4 all day satnav CO76UL), drop off your picnic supplies at the marquee in the picnic field, register and stroll the 1.5 miles to the start along the river bank. This should take around 40 minutes.
Event day logistics
Registration starts at 8.00am on tables relating to your surname. Please make sure you register at this point. Do not go straight to the start as we will not know you are in the river (Health and Safety).
Registration is going to be very busy so you might like to register by downloading the fast track form and filling in your name before you arrive. There will be a box on the registration desk that you can just pop your form in – that’s it job done. If you are in a queue there will be more fast track forms and pens on the desk to use if you haven’t brought your form.
Once you have registered you will be given a coloured souvenir wrist band to wear during the event. Leave your picnic supplies and the majority of your kit here. Just take with you what you will need to walk to the start.
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