Swim Long 5k and 10k

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This exciting sea swim is perfect for experienced swimmers looking for a challenge, with both 5k and 10k distances on offer. Swimmers will be followed by trackers and water safety teams, creating a safe environment for this event. Suit up, and enjoy this long swim to end a busy summer season.
Participants
5k, and 10k
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Calendar
Sat 11th Sep 2021
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Location
Boscombe Pier, 2494 Undercliff Dr, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1BL, UK
Start times
Sat 11th Sep 2021
10k:
7:00am |
5k:
7:45am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Swim Long 5k and 10k
5k
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5km
£35.00
10k
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10km
£45.00
Route information
This is a self-navigating swim, starting at Boscombe pier with an out and back loop. With a 5k and a 10k on offer, this is an event designed for experienced swimmers and it is an awesome challenge to take on. Swimmers are required to stay approximately 10 metres from the shore, which should be relatively easy navigation. You will head out to Hengistbury Head and back.
The swimmers are monitored by Geo Tracks at the event HQ, water safety craft and beach spotters who will patrol the swim course. The tracker will be in your tow-float, which is issued at registration.
Only experienced swimmers who are confident of completing the distance should enter.
GPS Trackers
Swimmers will be issued their GPS tracker, within their tow-float, at registration. This float is attached to the swimmer at the waist, and allows them to be tracked live during the event.
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What's included
  • GPS Live event tracking
  • Water safety craft
  • Tow float provided for the race
  • Hot showers and changing areas
  • Toilets
  • Event medic
  • Drinks and feed stations on course
  • Baggage storage in the registration tent
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How to get there
Boscombe Pier, 2494 Undercliff Dr, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1BL, UK
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By Car
Boscombe Pier is situated just east of Bournemouth and can be accessed from the A338 and the A35.
Parking
There is parking available at the Overstrand, but please be aware of any fees or resections before attending the event.
By Train
Bournemouth Station is comfortable walking distance from the Pier.
Event day logistics
06:30 Registration opens at Boscombe seafront
07:00 Rolling start for 10km
07:45 Rolling start for 5km
Please arrive in plenty of time to complete the registration process.
Cut-Off Times
10k - 4hr 30mins
5k - 2hr 20mins
Swimmers over these times will be collected from the water and returned to shore.
Age Restrictions
You must be at least 16 years old to take part.
Race Pack
The Information Pack will be emailed to participants approximately 2 weeks before the event with more details.
Safety
You will be tracked throughout the race by the team following your tracker, water safety craft and spotters on the beach. The prevailing weather conditions in early September are normally very acceptable for sea swimming. However swimmer safety is paramount and the swim will be postponed or cancelled if the predicted or actual confitions fall outside of the event safety parameters.
Wetsuits
You may swim with or without a wetsuit, if you select no wetsuit when entering your details, please be aware by doing this you are accepting the inherent risk of swimming without a wetsuit.
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FAQ's
Do I need to be an experienced swimmer to do the Swim Long 5k and 10k?
Yes, this is an event for experienced swimmers, and you should only enter if you are confident you can complete the distance.
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Are there drinks along the course at the Swim Long 5k and 10k?
Yes there will be a drinks station at the turning point for each route.
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How do I get my GPS tracker for the Swim Long 5k and 10k?
Your trackers will be picked up at registration on the day of the event, they will be in the tow float provided.
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Is the swim at the Swim Long 5k and 10k self-navigating?
Yes, the event is supposed to be easily navigated as it takes swimmers around 10m from the shore.
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Do I need to bring my own tow float for the Swim Long 5k and 10k?
No you will be provided with a tow float when you register, which will also include your tracker inside.
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