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Friday 12 - Sunday 14 June 2015
Windermere, Lake District
The Great North Swim is Europe’s biggest open water swimming event with around 10,000 participants.
Over three days, participants of all abilities take the plunge in stunning Windermere over a range of distances. The event also features thrilling elite races with some of the world’s best swimmers. Get your family and friends along to make a weekend of it in the picturesque surroundings of the Lake District National Park.
The Great North 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.
Windermere is England's largest lake at 10.5 miles long (17km), stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South.
Surrounded by some of the nation’s most spectacular natural scenery - the Lake District National Park - the Great North Swim is an inspiring outdoor swim. With large screens around the event site, family and friends can watch all the action.
Why not turn your trip into a great weekend away. Take time to explore the land that has inspired world-renowned poets and writers such as Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The breathtaking scenery of the Lake District acts as a natural adventure playground - as well as Windermere being England's longest lake, it also boasts England's highest mountain (Scafell Pike), deepest lake (Wastwater) and steepest road (Hardknott Pass). Where else could you find such a variety of world-class outdoor activities in such an accessible and compact region?
The Great North Swim takes place at the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina, Lake Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LP.
Travelling to the event on the West Coast Mainline? Then take advantage of the exclusive Virgin Trains discount: For you, your friends and family... whether you’re travelling to an event on your own or up to groups of nine, you can all get up to 50% off Virgin Trains Advance Fares. This exclusive discount on Virgin Trains is the cheapest, easiest and most comfortable way of getting you and your supporters to the start line. Click here to book now - www.virgintrains.co.uk/nova
You should have received your Sail Discount Voucher in your event pack. This entitles each swimmer to use Windermere Lake Cruises services operating from Bowness to Brockhole and Ambleside to Bowness piers at a discounted rate. The voucher is valid for:-Swimmer/competitor to sail at the discounted rate of to be confirmed. Up to 4 persons accompanying the swimmer to sail at the reduced return fares of: to be confirmed.From Brockhole Pier it is just less than a one mile walk to the event site. See back of voucher for more information and sail operating times.
Note all return departures to Bowness will be from Ambleside Pier only which is a one mile walk north of the event site.
It is highly recommended that you use the Park and Sail service, however limited parking is available in Ambleside/Waterhead. Follow the event parking signs. It is a one mile walk to the event site. Applicable car parking rates apply.
A bike park will be available and it will be staffed but we recommend that you bring a suitable bike lock and do not leave any valuables with your bike.
The Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina is proud to host the Great North Swim. We look forward to welcoming participants and supporters to the shore of Lake Windermere. For assistance before the event, telephone 08458 503 502 or visit www.englishlakes.co.uk
Please see below for the 2015 event day timetable:
*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event
This year's Great North Swim elite race will form part of the FINA World Championships 5KM senior selection criteria as well as acting as a qualifer for those wishing to make the team for the European Junior Championships.
The race will be held over 5KM (3 laps of the course) and feature the best of British swimmers with a strong selection of selected international athletes.
Entries are based on the following selection criteria:
Top 15 finish at any OW FINA event within the 2013/2014 season
Top 10 at any OW LEN event within the 2013/2014 season
Consideration only will be given to:
Top 8 at any governing body sanctioned OW swimming international open race within the 2013/2014 season
Those who were/are invited or took part in the 2014 or 2015 National OW training camp
If you meet the above criteria please contact Elite Race Manager, Tom Broadbent with provding your name, age group, club and time/location of your qualifying performance.
Click on the links below to download useful event information:
OpenPrice: £35 per entry (inc VAT of £5.83)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: £40 per entry (inc VAT of £6.66)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: £47 per entry (inc VAT of £7.83)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: £48 per entry (inc VAT of £8)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.