Thursday, 9 June 2016

Great North Swim

 Friday 10th June to Sunday 12th June 2016

Photo's taken from the Great North Swim website -

This weekend Lake Windermere hosts the annual Great North Swim.  It is a massive event taking place over 3 days with around 10,000 swimmer taking part.  There are various races of different distances - the longest being the 10k marathon swim, which is a new event introduced this year.  Entrants are expected to complete this race in around 4 hours! Other distances include the 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, and 5k swims. 

Another new event introduced this year is the team relay.  This is three laps of the half mile course, with each participant swimming a full 1/2 lap before returning back down the home straight in front of the crowds to the transition area.

The event is based at the Low Wood Bay hotel located on the shores of Lake Windermere.  Due to the large scale nature of the event, there is likely to be significant travel congestion in the surrounding area.  This is worth bearing in mind if you were thinking of travelling on the A590/A591 between the M6 and Ambleside over the weekend.  If you are not taking part or spectating, it may be best to avoid the area.

Good luck to all the swimmers taking part!  Hope you all have a great day!

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