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Rough Water Challenge - Week 4 (1km or 10km)

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Sign up for this open water swimming challenge series and set yourself a goal to train for a single distance or smash a monthly swim metres target. Feel like you're part of the swimming community again by completing the distances and watching the leaderboard to compare your results against friends old and new from around the world on the Virtual Leaderboard. If you don't feel like swimming a full 10km why not start with a shorter distance and create your own bubble with your children and friends? Anyone can enter with results being ranked by age group and whether you are a wetsuit or skins swimmer.

This swim series has been created by the Surf Swim School based in Westward Ho! who are an open water swimming school and lifeguard training centre. The proceeds cover the costs of these events and any extra goes towards purchasing rescue equipment for the club so we can take more swimmers out and for training lifeguards young and older to complete their SLSGB Surf Lifeguard award. As a school we work closely with the RNLI and any surplus will increase our annual donation to them for their important work in keeping us safe in the open water, often putting their own lives in danger to do so.

Complete your single distance swims by the dates given and upload pictures of your swimming adventures so we can all cheer each other on as we would if we were all standing at the finish line. Jump in any body of water you are experienced and safe to swim in, including swimming pools if you’re lucky enough to find one open, then start swimming and uploading your results! We’ll be there virtually to cheer you on and support your swimming journey. Good luck!

How to enter the Rough Water Challenge - Week 4 (1km or 10km)

Once you book the event, you'll need to upload your results during the event time window.

  1. 10km Race

    Swim 10km
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  2. 1km Race

    Swim 1km
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How to complete the total distance

Complete the total distance anywhere you like, in as many sections as you like.

Simply record your activities and submit your results as you go. Each time you submit a result, the distance you've done will be added to your overall total distance.


Preparing your virtual event

  • Secure your virtual spot in the event by booking your ticket
  • Download a distance tracking app
  • Before heading out for each activity, ensure your phone and/or GPS watch is fully charged, and make sure you have a safe route planned.

During your event

  • Record your activity on a tracker and take a screenshot
    This can be either a phone or a GPS watch.
  • Complete your activity in the designated event completion timeframe
  • Take a photo to share with your fellow participants

Submitting your result

  • Head back to this event page to submit your results
  • Upload a screenshot of your activity tracker or GPS watch to verify your results
    You can still participate and submit results without this, but we won't be able to verify your results.
  • Provide the distance and time you completed
    Every time you submit a result, the distance will get added to your total distance for the challenge.
  • Share your photo and celebrate your progress with the community

Frequently asked questions

How do I record my activity?
To record your activity, you will need to download an activity tracking app that is able to track your distance and time. Popular apps include Strava, Nike Run Club, MapMyRun, and RunKeeper, and are available in the app store for free on your phone. For more details on our favourite tracking apps check out our blog post.
Can I go further than the race distance?
Yes, you can complete a distance further than what the event requires. All you need to do is input distance travelled and time, and we will adjust it down to the time it took to complete the event distance.
Have a question about this event? Ask our team member below and we'll get back to you. In the meantime, visit our Help Center

For more advice about virtual events, see our Virtual Event Handbook here.

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