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Friday 10 - Sunday 12 June 2016
Windermere, Lake District
The Great North Swim is Europe’s biggest open water swimming event with around 10,000 participants and will return to Windermere with a brand new 10k challenge.
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. Suitable for swimmers of all abilities, you can enjoy this event safe in the knowledge expert safety kayakers will be with you every stroke of the way.
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 while enjoying food and drink from local vendors.
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 2016 event day timetable:
*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event
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 North Swim we will be introducing a newer, longer, bigger swim in Lake Windermere, which will give swimmers the chance to take on a 10k marathon swim. Yes, that's right.....a 10k!
Taking place on Friday 10 June 2016, this event is limited to 100 participants only, so if you're keen to take part we recommend reading through the 'Are You Ready?' tips below.
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 come back on dry land to top up on drinking water and, if necessary, take a 5 minute breather before heading back in the water again.
The entry fee will include entry into the event, a 2016 Great Swim towel and Great North Swim 10k 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:
If you think you're ready for the Great North Swim 10k then click here>
£35 per entry (inc VAT of £5.83)
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£75 per entry (inc VAT of £12.50)