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Swimming races and open water swimming events generally tend to be between 1—10km in length, however, more challenging swims can be up to 80km long. Swims over 10km are classed as Marathon Swims, These events take place in lakes or in the sea, often with a great atmosphere and a festival vibe. If you’re just starting out, get some practice in a pool first, temperature and choppiness are factors to consider before diving in.

From a quick dip in Dorney lake to mastering the Windermere One Way, we’ve collected some of the best open water swimming races below. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to throw in some other disciplines, you can check out our pages on Swimrun & Triathlon too.

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Two great mid-season open water swimming events to see Dinton Pastures Country Park at its best. The race starts at dusk, and swimmers will be lit up with neon swim caps, glow bands and LED balloons as you swim into the wilderness of the night.

Dinton Starlight Swims – July

Hurst, Wokingham, GB
2 races
£20
Dinton Starlight Swims – July
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We are pleased to announce that the Festival of Endurance will return in 2018, 8th July.

Due to popular demand, the Hever Gauntlet half-iron triathlon will be held bi-annually giving triathletes the option to race alongside the full iron-distance Bastion competitors on 8th July 2018. Whilst these hardy triathletes battle their way around this iconic course, we shall host a further three challenges for those looking for an opportunity to go long.

The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle

Hever, Kent, GB
1 race
£38
The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle
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The rapturous reception afforded to previous Castle Howard Triathlons subsequently led to the expansion of a 2-day weekend extravaganza.

In its 9th year, the Castle Howard Triathlon will be the 4th weekend event of the 2018 Castle Tri Series and will once again feature the obligatory picture postcard backdrop and a course with something for every level of triathlete. The 13,000 acre grounds of Castle Howard form arguably the most physically demanding triathlon course of the Castle Tri Series.

Race entrants will start the race by swimming through Castle Howards Great Lake before transitioning into the technical bike route through the glorious rural idyll of Yorkshire and the Howardian Hills. The spectacular run leg passes through the undulating countryside of the estate before a sprint finish tops everything off in style right in front of the main doors of the house. Theres never been a better time to visit Gods Own County and Castle Howard.

The construction of Castle Howard took more than 100 years before being finally completed in the 18th Century, and spanned the lifetime of three earls and numerous architects, although Sir John Vanbrugh is credited with the original design. The Great Lake is the setting for the swim section of the triathlon.

Set in the Howardian Hills, the bike legs initially take in the 18th Century Avenue, a main road that runs in a straight line from south to north for five miles. The run will pass The Temple of the Four Winds and one of the finest, free-standing mausoleums in Europe. A hop over New River Bridge, a circumnavigation of South Lake and the Atlas Fountain will take racers to the finishing straight in front of Castle Howard itself.

Castle Howard has been a regular backdrop for films and television, with both ITVs lauded Brideshead Revisited in the early 1980s and the acclaimed 2008 feature film production shot on location here, hence the name of our adult races.

NB All timings are approximate.

Castle Howard Triathlon

Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, GB
3 races
£32£55
Castle Howard Triathlon
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Three fantastic open water races on Sunday, 22nd July 2018 at West Reservoir, Hackney, N4 5HA. We're delighted to be teaming up with Fix, who will be at every race with their skilled team - physically fixing you!

The Fix Splash #2

London, GB
3 races
£15£25
The Fix Splash #2
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New location, new course, probably the fastest middle distance triathlon in the South East.

Owler Tris offer middle distance plus standard triathlons, aquabikes and OWS.

The triathlons will start in Lydd Lake with a two lapped swim, before competitors ride a flat lapped bike route on scenic country roads through Lydd, Brooklands and Camber, before returning to transition at Lydd lake.

The 21K run section is flat two laps out and back route along paths around lake and surrounding paths. The standard run also follows the same route. You then head to cross the finish line in style.

Also on offer the Owler Aquabike both at half and standard distance.

Owler Tri

Romney Marsh, GB
2 races
£20£25
Owler Tri
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Whether you are a novice, experienced open water swimmer or an Olympic athlete, this event is a fun challenge to take on.

We have three different distances for you to pick from 1500m, 2500m or the biggie 5000m.

All distances take place in the Regatta Lake at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.

Any front stroke is permitted in this event, and wetsuits are completely optional We cant promise the water will be warm so we would recommend all beginners, and those who feel the cold, to wear a wetsuit - it will help keep you warm as well as more buoyant in the water. Experienced swimmers can wear any swimwear - even illegal swimskins!

Blueseventy Big Swim Nottingham

Nottingham, GB
3 races
£20£30
Blueseventy Big Swim Nottingham
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We are delighted to be part of the Little Haven Regatta and facilitating their Open Water Swim. The event will be part of the Weekends activities being held in this delightful little fishing village.

The swim will be 1500m starting at the slipway, with an out, around the buoys and back effort. All in this picturesque location right in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The swim will have limited entries of 50 persons and will be ideal for people new to open water swimming. Or those that want a chance to support the regatta or take part in a nice little event!!!

The Little Haven Regatta Swim

Haverfordwest, GB
1 race
£15
The Little Haven Regatta Swim
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This is a NEW Marlow Fugitive Open Water Swim! There are 2 distances to choose from this year that will cater for both beginners and experienced swimmers.

River Swim - Consisting of a single lap out and back swim in the River Thames for all the distances with clear markings on the buoys on when to turn. The River has a very calm and steady flow, which makes it the perfect event for anyone looking to take part in their first swim. So get your wetsuit on and get involved!

Fugitive Open Water Swim – Marlow

Marlow, Buckinghamshire, GB
2 races
£18£25
Fugitive Open Water Swim – Marlow
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THE HENLEY CLASSIC is a 2.1 km endurance upstream River Thames swimming event, held over the Henley Royal Regatta course, very early on the Sunday morning before the Wednesday start of Henley Royal Regatta.

This event is a celebration of mid-summer. It provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at what we believe is the most beautiful time of the day, dawn. A key feature of the event is that you arrive in darkness and walk the 1/4 of a mile to the start into the sunrise, led by the torch carrier.

The Henley Classic

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, GB
1 race
£49
The Henley Classic
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Join us for this round trip Alcatraz swim! This swim is a great challenge for fast swimmers that requires a strategic race plan to swim the 3.6 mile course with tides and fast currents around Alcatraz. This is also an excellent event to help prepare for longer open water endurance competitions. Some of the best open water swimmers at the national level compete in Swim Around The Rock.

This swim starts off the beach of St. Francis, and you'll swim along a fast and exciting current. But as you make your way clockwise around Alcatraz, that's where the real challenge begins - you'll have to navigate not only around the prison, but through the currents as you make your way to Aquatic Park. A challenge you won't forget for sure!

This event is for experienced open water swimmers only. This swim will not only require swimming strength and open water experience, but expert ability in navigating a winning course with complex currents. This is easily our most difficult bay race, even more so than Bridge to Bridge 10K. If you need advice, support, and coaching for this swim, Water World Swim can help.

Swim Around The Rock

San Francisco, California, US
1 race
$399$435
Swim Around The Rock
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In its 5th year. The event will be held at Boscombe beach and is a real must for anyone looking for a slightly more challenging open water swim. This is a series of 3 races over the summer season. The Salty Sea Dog Swims will take place near the Urban Reef a funky and informal bar, caf, deli and restaurant, serving fresh, seasonal and local food and drink.

Salty Sea Dog Long Swims – July

Bournemouth, Bournemouth, GB
2 races
£22£25
Salty Sea Dog Long Swims – July
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This iconic 2.5km open water swim will give competitors the opportunity to swim past Brighton's Palace Pier, West Pier and the i360, parallel to Hove Lawns, all the while getting a swimmers eye view of Brightons classic seafront. The swim will start from the beach 50 meters to the East of the Palace Pier and finish on the beach in front of Paddle Village on Hove Lawns, Kingsway. There will be both wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories (decide on the day!) for both males and females.

Palace to Paddle 2.5km Swim

Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, GB
1 race
£30£40
Palace to Paddle 2.5km Swim

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