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Saturday 20 June 2015
Alton Water, Suffolk
Set in the beautiful Alton Water reservoir, this peaceful part of the world is enjoyed all year round by walkers, cyclists and wildlife spotters. Enjoy the unspoilt outdoors and discover award winning beaches as well as a group of swimmers raring to dive into their open water challenge.
Please note that your safety in the open water is our number one priority. All of our swimming events have expert kayakers overseeing your progress with safety boats ready for the unlikely event of an emergency.
The Great East Swim course map is shown below including 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile and 5K distances
A wave that pits the best against the best. This wave is aimed at club swimmers and seasoned open water swimmers who are looking for a sub 30 minute time for the 1 mile distance. Trophy's will be awarded to the fastest male and female swimmers in this wave and presentations will take place along with the elite athletes on the Great Swim podium.
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. For more information, take a look at: www.visit-suffolk.org.uk
The Great East Swim is staged at Alton Water Sports Centre near Ipswich. Suffolk IP9 2RY. How to get there:
For all the information you need to ensure you have a Great Swim and a great stay in Suffolk, take a look at Visit Suffolk and All About Ipswich. For local information in Ipswich call 01473-258070.
Suffolk Market Events – Delivering Award Winning Farmers’ Markets
Homemade, freshly baked slices of delicious cake
Cambridge Gourmet Mallows
Gourmet marshmallows, handmade in Cambridge. Fat Free, additive free, gluten free but utterly indulgent!
Handmade chocolate brownies from Colchester using local ingredients where possible and the best quality chocolate.
The full range of coffees, freshly ground, including cappuccino, latte and mocha.
Handmade by Hadleys Ice Cream
Creamy, smooth and deeply satisfying Ice Creams and Sorbets created using all local ingredients. Fresh from the Colne Valley.
The Flying Chef
Traditional chargrilled sausages served in poppy seed buns.
Award winning burgers from Bury St Edmunds using high quality, local meat.
Colne Valley Tea
Specialty loose leaf teas.
Delicious homemade shortbreads, local honey and beeswax candles from Tendring, Essex.
Delicious sauces using unique recipes prepared in small batches with great ingredients and all made at our “saucery” in the heart of rural Suffolk.
The Duck Truck
Aromatic crispy duck wraps and duck salads.
Award winning free range, rare breed pork pies and sausage rolls plus homemade tiffin, quiches and Florentines.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Charity promotion of local reserves, walks and events.
HoneyBee Natural Beauty
Handmade skin and spa products from a Suffolk Beekeeper based in East Bergholt.
It’s important to be aware of the Great East Swim 2015 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 2015 event day timetable:
*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event
Click on the links below to download useful event information:
OpenPrice: £28 per entry (inc VAT of £4.67)A great introduction to outdoor swimming.
Equivalent to around 32 lengths of a 25m pool.
Average completion time 20 min.
Suitable for under 16s - entrants must be 12 years old and above.
OpenPrice: £34 per entry (inc VAT of £5.67)Suitable for swimmers of all abilities.
Equivalent to 64 lengths of a 25m pool.
Average completion time 40 min.
Take a leisurely breaststroke and enjoy the scenery or kick into crawl for a faster time.
Entrants must be 16 years old and above.
OpenPrice: £38 per entry (inc VAT of £6.34) Perfect event for open water swimmers looking for a longer challenge.Equivalent to around 125 lengths of a 25m pool.Average completion time 1hr 15 min.Entrants must be 16 years old and above.
OpenPrice: £40 per entry (inc VAT of £6.34)This distance is suited to experienced swimmers looking to go that little bit further.Equivalent to around 200 lengths of a 25m pool.Cut off times apply, swimmers must be able to reach halfway (2500m) within 1 hour and finish within 2 hours.