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Distance ½ Mile, 1 Mile, 2 Miles & 5K
Price 1/2 Mile - £28 per entry , 1 Mile - £34 per entry , 2 Miles - £38 per entry , 5K - £40 per entry , 10K - £65 per entry
Location Alton Water, Suffolk
Date 17 June 2017
Whether you're looking to try an open water swim for the first time, or you're searching for the ultimate challenge, the Great East Swim offers you a selection of distances to suit your ability.
The event takes place on Saturday 17 June in Alton Water and is a great day out for swimmers, families and spectators. With farmers' markets, plenty of musical entertainment and swim distances ranging from a half mile right up to a 10k, there really is something for everyone!
We hope to see you at one of our open water swims in Suffolk next summer!
The Great East Swim course map is shown to the left including 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, and 5k distances.
The Great East Swim 10k is also back by popular demand and will be 6 laps of the standard 1 mile course.
Read more about the 10k swim in the section below.
It’s important to be aware of the Great East Swim 2017 event timetable prior to the big day. Familiarise yourself with the information below and ensure you leave plenty of time to drop off any baggage, travel to the start line and get warmed up. You must check-in 30 minutes before your start time. If you miss it we may not be able to move you to another wave, so please don't be late.
Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:
*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event
The 10k course will consist of 6 laps of the Great Swim course. You will be constantly monitored by our safety team and have the opportunity to finish at the end of any lap should you need to on the day. Your time will stop when you go over the timing mat at the finish.
Yes – lap counting is an honesty system and down to each individual swimmer. Regardless of when you come through the finish system you are still entitled to your finisher's pack.
There will be a small pontoon reserved for 10k swimmers that you will pass at the end of each lap. You can stop on any or all of your laps to have a drink of Aqua Pura or take on some Jelly Babies. We recommend you practice taking these on board in your training. To avoid polluting the lake we ask that people replace any bottles back on the pontoon.
The feed station will be in deep water. You won’t be able to stand up but you will be able to hold on and take a minute to get your breath and receive a few words of encouragement from our Great Swim team. There will not be space for you to exit the water unless you are withdrawing from the swim.
The feed station is small and adjacent to deep water so only Great Swim staff will be able to access it.
We will try and allow everyone to safely finish their swim. Due to the safety systems in place should people take longer than 4 hours we may have to ask them to finish a lap early, or have our safety teams bring them in. In addition to this we will be monitoring all swimmers and should our medical and safety team feel it is unsafe for any swimmer to continue at any point we may ask you to come in early. We will work with all swimmers to try and ensure they are able to finish the full 10k if it is safe to do so. Our priority is the well-being of swimmers.
Subject to availability you can swap to a different distance, just email the customer services team at email@example.com.
Unfortunately we can’t cater for individual requirements as we have limited space on the feed station. Bottles of water and Jelly Babies will be made available for all swimmers.
The Great Swim Series is delighted to announce a brand new challenge for those who enjoy long distance open water swimming. At the 2016 Great East Swim we will be introducing a newer, longer, bigger swim in Alton Water, which will give swimmers the chance to take on a 10k marathon swim. Yes, that's right.....a 10k!
Taking place on Saturday 18 June 2016 the 10k will take swimmers on six laps of the existing one mile course and will have a 'pit-stop' after each lap to allow swimmers to top up on drinking water and, if necessary, take a 5 minute breather before heading back in the water again.
The entry fee includes entry into the event, a 2016 Great Swim towel and event badge, as well as a finisher's pack and medal.
This swim is a challenging distance and should be considered carefully before entering. Please read the following:
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The Great East Swim takes place at the picturesque Alton Water reservoir near Ipswich, Suffolk. The reservoir provides the main source of drinking water for Ipswich and the southern part of Suffolk.
Alton Water offers the opportunity to do far more than swim – it’s the perfect location for walks, cycle rides, wildlife spotting and family picnics. With miles of unspoilt countryside, numerous award winning beaches and scores of enchanting towns and villages within reach of Alton Water, Suffolk makes an ideal choice for a short break. Only an hour’s train journey away from London Liverpool Street station.
The Great East Swim is staged at Alton Water Sports Centre near Ipswich. Suffolk IP9 2RY. How to get there:
The Great East Swim can be reached by following the postcode IP9 2RY.
There will be plenty of car parking available at Alton Water so there is no need to park along the roads. Due to narrow stretches of road around the event venue please can we ask that you drive carefully through the lanes and the village of Stutton.
If you intend to drive to the Great East Swim have you considered car sharing?
London Liverpool Street station is approximately a 60 minute train ride away, with direct trains running every half an hour to Manningtree-the nearest station to Alton Water. From here you can get a taxi to take you to the event site.If arriving at Ipswich main line station you will need to get a connecting train to Manningtree. Trains run every 30 minutes between Ipswich and Manningtree. From here you can get a taxi to take you to Alton Water.
There are cycle routes to Alton Water. A bike park will be available and it will be staffed but we recommend that you bring a suitable bike lock and that you do not leave any valuables with your bike.
With a huge variety of quality self-catering accommodation, luxury hotels, outdoor camping experiences and unique places to stay to suit all ages and tastes, Suffolk is the ideal destination for multi-generational holidays. Go to Visit Suffolk for a round-up of the best places to stay and things to do for those using their holidays for extended family time.
Ipswich - Suffolk’s vibrant and historic County Town – is just a few minutes drive from Alton Water. Ipswich has an excellent choice of accommodation – from small family run guest houses, through the well known brands, to a 4 Star boutique hotel with beautiful quayside views. For local information in Ipswich visit All About Ipswich or call 01473-258070.
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