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Great North Swimrun

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The three SwimRun distances (short, middle and endurance) will be returning to Windermere. This time, the three distances will start and finish at our brand new location at Brockhole on Windermere.

Based on teamwork, passion, and closeness to nature, teams of two embark on a seamless journey across the landscape, taking on land and water, as they navigate their way around the course.

The Great North SwimRun is an opportunity to ditch the roads and the pool; limber up and embrace an off-road, open-water island-hopping adventure!

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How to enter the Great North Swimrun

  1. Endurance

    SwimRun: Run 32km, Swim 4.5km
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  2. Middle

    SwimRun: Run 18.3km, Swim 3km
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  3. Short

    SwimRun: Run 8.7km, Swim 1.9km
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Event Details

What’s Included

If you’re thinking of signing up to the 2018 Great North SwimRun then take a look at what’s included in your entry fee:

  • Event day race bib
  • SwimRun map temporary tattoo
  • SwimRun medal
  • Feed station energy gels and water
  • Silicone swim cap
  • Technical finisher’s t-shirt
  • Goodie-filled finisher’s bag
  • Waterproof course map
  • Pre-event briefing (on Friday 8 June)
  • Information manual
  • Timing chip (one per team of two)
  • Are there specific SwimRun rules?
    You must enter as a team of two (male, female or mixed). Wetsuits are compulsory and you must stay within 10 metres of your partner at all times. There are no transition areas to get changed in, what you wear must be suitable for both running and swimming.

    Do you have to carry all your equipment with you for the duration of the race or are there stations you can leave and collect equipment/kit at?
    The ethos of SwimRun is everything you need you carry. Leaving anything behind, or getting anything from external support is against the rules and will sadly lead to disqualification.

    Are there different distances I can compete in?
    Yes, three! The short distance which is just over lOkm, the middle distance just over 2lkm and endurance distance, which is a challenging 36.5km.

    Is there an age limit?
    Short distance – 16 years old, middle distance – 17 years old, endurance distance – 18 years old.

    Do I need to compete in a pair?
    Yes – teamwork is at the heart of SwimRun. Taking part as a pair will allow you to help each other around the course, and enjoy it all the more. It also forms a key part of our safety system. If you can’t find anyone to take part with, use our Facebook page to pair up with someone else in the same position. You must stay within lOm of your teammate at all times during the event.

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    The Great Run Company is a United Kingdom events company specialising in the development, design, organisation and rights management of mass participation and televised sporting events. They most notably organise the Great North Run, Great South Run and Great Manchester Run annually.


    Great North Swimrun reviews

    5 out of 5 stars

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      Did the Short in 2019

      Great event. Lots of fun. We had never done a swim run event before but are now pretty sure we’ll take on a longer distance next time.
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