Slateman Swims 2023

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Swim the infamous Llyn Padarn lake, which has become one of the best open water swimming spots in the UK. Take in the views of the magnificent glacially formed lake before you take the plunge into either your 1k, 2k or 2.4 mile race. Come for the spectacular setting and unique finisher memento.
1000m, 2000m and 2.4 Mile
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Sat, 10 Jun 2023
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Llanberis, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UK
Start times
Saturday, 10 Jun 2023
1000m: 11:15 am2000m: 11:15 am2.4 Mile: 12:00 pm
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Slateman Swims 2023
£26.99 - £30.99
£34.99 - £38.99
2.4 Mile
£37.99 - £41.99
Route information
Llyn Padarn is a magnificent glacially formed lake nestled admist some of Snowdonia's most spectacular scenery. The lake is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) long and covers about 240 acres making it one of the largest natural lakes in Wales. On the southern bank sits the busy village of Llanberis whilst on the opposite side the Llanberis Lake Railway runs through the spectacular woodland of the Padarn Country Park.
The whole of Llyn Padarn is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to a rare type of fish called Arctic Charr. Legend has it that is was brought here from Rome by the early Christians, while scientists believe it has survived in the lake since the ice age; either way it's a pretty robust fish that's been around for some time. It inhabits the depths of the lake which at the deepest point of 29m means they're not going to interfere with your swim.
With its crystal clear waters and incredible views Llyn Padarn has become infamous as one of the best Open Water Swimming spots in the UK.
Choose from one of three distances - 1000m, 2000m and 2.4miles.
What's included
  • Slate Finisher's Memento
  • Access to the Event Village
  • The world’s friendliest marshals
  • On course support
  • Professional timing
  • Web results service
  • Official Event photography
  • On-site first aid
  • Post-race food
How to get there
Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
By Train
Direct services (including Virgin Trains from London to Bangor) take you to the popular North Wales coastal destinations from most parts of Britain. Make inland connections via the Conwy Valley Line which runs through the Snowdonia National Park to Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Services from the Midlands through Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with the Cambrian Line.
The closest station to Llanberis is Bangor, which is just under 10 miles away. A taxi from here will cost approximately £20 or the number 85 bus will take you from the station and cost between £3-£5. It is possible to cycle.
The Bangor to Llanberis bus timetable can be viewed hereExternalLink.
By Car
There's easy access from the North West along the M65 and A55. Motorway links with the Midlands are good too, and the same roads – the M6, M5 and M1 – also bring Snowdonia within easy reach of the South of England.
Parking information will be available in the final raceday instruction pack sent out before the event.
By Plane
Transfers from the international airports of Manchester, Liverpool, and Birmingham take less than 2 hours. Please make your own arrangements when travelling this way.
There are a number of accommodation options in the area surrounding the event. Always Aim High recommend The Royal Victoria HotelExternalLink which is within easy walking distance of the event site.
The Padarn HotelExternalLink is also a short walk from the event and is just 100m from the lakefront.
It is recommended that entrants book their accommodation early and mention the Snowdonia Trail Marathon when booking their stay.
Event day logistics
11:15 1k swim and 2k swim first waves start
12:00 2.4 mile first wave starts
Cut-Off Times
In the interest of safety, the following cut-off times will be in place for this event:
  • 45 minutes to complete your 1000m swim.
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete your 2000m swim.
  • 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete your 2.4mile swim.
Wearing of wetsuits for the swim discipline will be mandatory.
Registration for the swim will take place before the race on Saturday morning - we will confirm specific times in your Final Instructions, which will be available on the website and via email 10 days prior to the race.
Registration is usually located in Llanberis, on the field situated next to the Community Centre - LL55 4UR.
Age Requirements
  • 1000m is for participants who are 15+
  • 2000m is for participants who are 17+
  • 2.4 Mile is for participants who are 18+
Spectator Info
This is a truly fantastic weekend to be part of and spectators are an integral part of creating an epic race day atmosphere.
The event village provides the perfect base for all spectators.
Do I need to be a BTF affiliated member to enter the Slateman Swims?
No you do not have to have a BTF affiliation, however there is a £4 discount for those who do.
When will I receive information on final instructions for the Slateman Swims?
You will receive a final instructions email approximately 10 days before race day. The email will give you all the information you require i.e. where registration is, safety instructions, clothing requirements etc.
What is the age limit at the Slateman Swims?
The age restrictions are as follows: 1000m - 15+; 2000m - 17+; 2.4 Mile - 18+
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