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Review summary

4.9
5 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Jack B
"Great atmosphere at the event as a number of waves start throughout the..."

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Angus O
"My first 10K open water swim! And, reassuringly, also the first 10K open water..."

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Olly A
"Lake Windermere is beautiful and the perfect place for anyone wanting to do..."
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Distances in this event

  1. 10km Friday

    Swim 10km
    £85
    Event passed
  2. 10km Sunday

    Swim 10km
    £85
    Event passed
  3. 5km Friday

    Swim 5km
    £55
    Event passed
  4. 5km Sunday

    Swim 5km
    £55
    Event passed
  5. 2 Miles Friday

    Swim 2mi
    £48
    Event passed
  6. 2 Miles Sunday

    Swim 2mi
    £48
    Event passed
  7. 1 Mile Friday

    Swim 1mi
    £40
    Event passed
  8. 1 Mile Saturday Wave 1

    Swim 1mi
    £40
    Event passed
  9. 1 Mile Saturday Wave 2

    Swim 1mi
    £40
    Event passed
  10. 1 Mile Sunday

    Swim 1mi
    £40
    Event passed
  11. 1/2 Mile Friday

    Swim 0.5mi
    £35
    Event passed
  12. 1/2 Mile Saturday

    Swim 0.5mi
    £35
    Event passed
  13. 1/2 Mile Sunday

    Swim 0.5mi
    £35
    Event passed
  14. Swim250 Friday

    Swim 0.25km
    £15
    Event passed
  15. Swim 250 Saturday

    Swim 0.25km
    £15
    Event passed
  16. Swim250 Sunday

    Swim 0.25km
    £15
    Event passed
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From the organizer

Organizer's website

Hosted at Brockhole on Windermere, its a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District.

With distances to suit all levels and abilities you can enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors with friends and family. Take your pick from 250 metres, 1/2 a mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k or a 10k.

Course Maps
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What’s Included

We have lots of fully trained water safety kayakers, lifeguards and boats monitoring you all the way around, so you're never far from some friendly support.

You will receive you wave time six weeks before the event.

Course Details

10K
The 10k marathon swim is suitable for regular swimmers who are capable and confident of taking on longer distances. Putting in the hours of training for this distance is highly recommended. The entry age is 18 years old and over (on event day) and anyone who enters must be able to swim 10k unaided, within 4 hours. This swim is generally 6 laps of the standard 1 mile course. Entrants must be 16 years old and over on the day of the event.

5K
This distance is suited to experienced, confident swimmers looking to go that little bit further. A 5k swim is equivalent to around 200 lengths of a standard 25m pool. For this distance cut-off times apply: swimmers must be able to reach halfway (2500m) within 1 hour and finish within 2 hours. Generally the 5k takes in 3 laps of the standard 1 mile route. Entrants must be 16 years old and over on the day of the event.

2 miles
2 miles is the perfect event for open water swimmers looking for a longer challenge and who have maybe tried an open water swim before. A 2 mile swim is equivalent to around 125 lengths of a standard 25m pool and the average completion time is around 1 hour 15 minutes. Entrants must be 16 years old and over on the day of the event.

1 mile
The 1 mile is suitable for swimmers of all abilities and is equivalent to 64 lengths of a standard 25m pool. The average completion time is approx 40 minutes. You can choose to enjoy a leisurely breaststroke while taking in the scenery or kick into crawl for a faster time. Entrants must be 16 years old and over on the day of the event.

1/2 mile
A great introduction to outdoor swimming, the ½ mile is the equivalent to around 32 lengths of a standard 25m pool. The average completion time to complete the ½ mile distance is approx 20 minutes. Entrants must be 12 years old and over on the day of the event.

250m
Returning by popular demand for a second year is the Swim250 option, which is perfect for anyone aged 8 years old and over. The Swim250 (250 metres) is the equivalent to 10 lengths of a standard 25m pool, and is a great choice if you’re looking to try the open water for the first time, or if you’d like swim with the family.

  • Note: All 8-11 year olds must be accompanied by an adult (therefore needing 2 tickets, one for each swimmer). Anyone aged 13 or over can take on the swim as an individual
Raceday Logistics

The check-in for each wave time will open half an hour before each start time. This is when you shall need to be at the start area in your wetsuit and ready to swim. You do not need to register at the Information Point, just go straight to the start.


Swim 250
Friday 16:00 - 17:00
Saturday 14:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 14:30

Half Mile
Friday 16:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 10:00
Sunday 10:00-14:00

1 Mile
Friday 14:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:30 - 12:30 then 12:30 - 15:00
Sunday 10:00 - 13:00

2 Miles
Friday 14:00 - 15:00
Sunday 09:30 - 12:30

5k
Friday 12:00 - 14:00
Sunday 07:30 - 09:00

10k
Friday 12:00 - 13:00
Sunday 07:30 - 09:00

Kit List

Wetsuits
Swimmers aged under 16 will be required to wear a wetsuit. Wetsuit use is optional at all Great Swim events for water temperatures of 15⁰C or above. Swimmers choosing not to wear a wetsuit MUST use an approved high visibility tow float. This only applies to swimmers aged over 16 years old.

Spectators

Spectators welcome!

FAQs

Water Safety

We just want to reassure you that you are in very safe hands while taking part in your swim. We have lots of fully trained water safety kayakers, lifeguards and boats monitoring you all the way around, so you’re never far from some friendly support.

If you find yourself struggling, or in need of a little breather, just lay on your back and pop your hand up, and one of our safety team will make their way to you to check everything is ok.

Do I have to wear a wetsuit?Wetsuits are compulsory for the whole Great Swim series. A wetsuit provides extra buoyancy, warmth and will make you slightly faster.

Please note:

Wetsuits are compulsory and every child aged 12 and under must be accompanied by one adult (per child). Anyone aged 18+ years old is classified as an adult.

When will I receive my swim pack?The Great Swim packs are sent out approximately two weeks prior to the event. Your pack should contain your swim hat, timing chip and a competitor’s information guide with more detailed event information.

What happens if the event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances?

Due to the nature of outdoor swimming, the Great Swim may be cancelled/postponed prior to or on the day of the event due to unforeseen circumstances including bad weather or in the unlikely event of unsuitable water quality.

If the event cannot be postponed then your full entry fee will be refunded – this does not include wetsuit, travel or accommodation costs incurred.

Announcements of any cancellation/postponement will be via text on the mobile number provided on the application form, email, on the website, local radio stations and social media via our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please ensure your enter a valid mobile and email address on your application.

What do I receive when I cross the finish line?
All finishers will receive a finisher's pack as soon as they cross the finish line.

Great North Swim reviews (5)

4.9 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 5km Sunday in 2019

    Amazing day out - brilliant to see so many participants of different ages, shapes, sizes and experience. Organisers did a great job of getting everyone in the game before they set off and it was incredibly well marshalled when in the water.
  • Did the 5km Sunday in 2019

    Lake Windermere is beautiful and the perfect place for anyone wanting to do their first open water swim. The course was well marked with lots of kayakers on the water to keep you the right side of the giant buoys. Lovely festival atmosphere in the athlete village with burgers and drinks waiting for you at the finish line. A true mass participation event, with people travelling from all over the country and of all ages and abilities. If you’re not local to Windermere, this is also an awesome excuse for a weekend in the Lake District!
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  • Did the 10km Friday in 2019

    My first 10K open water swim! And, reassuringly, also the first 10K open water swim for almost everyone else in my wave. I’d never swam anything of this distance before so it was a tough old grind out in the drink. But Lake Windermere is beautiful and I was very grateful for the aid station boat on the corner of each lap. Will definitely do again!
  • Did the 5km Sunday in 2019

    Great atmosphere at the event as a number of waves start throughout the morning. The course was well set out and there were numerous kayaks to keep us on track. Reassuring number of first time swimmer as well that was highlighted at the start. Whole event felt very friendly!!

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