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Great Scottish Swim Aquathlon

Loch Lomond, Scotland

25 August 2018

Entries for the 2018 Great Scottish Swim Aquathlon will be opening soon!

If you're looking to enjoy the best of both land and water then the Aquathlon event is the perfect option...

The Aquathlon involves taking on a 800m swim in Loch Lomond, and a 5k run around the Loch. The event can be completed as a team of two (where one person does the run and one person does the swim) or as an individual where one person does both elements.

We're looking forward to seeing you on the start line soon! 

 

Aquathlon FAQs

The swim course will be based on the Great Scottish Swim ½ mile course but unlike the ½ mile course it will start and finish at the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway. The run will be a single, predominantly flat 5km multi-terrain lap that heads out to Balloch Castle Country Park and back.

HOW IS THE EVENT TIMED?

The event is continuous - your overall time starts as soon as you cross the timing mat on the entry to the water and finishes when you cross the timing mat at the finish line. The less time you spend getting changed into your running kit after the swim the faster your overall time. 

In the results your overall time will be split into separate times for your swim and your run but your run time will include the time you take in the transition area.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

The change from swim to run takes place in the transition area, which is an open plan space near to where you exit the water. For speed of change (and modesty!) it is easiest to run in the swimwear/trisuit that you wear underneath your wetsuit. Technical kit, which is lightweight and fast-drying, is most comfortable. Alternatively additional clothing (shorts, tops) can be stored in the transition area and put on after you have removed your wetsuit. 

WHAT FOOTWEAR SHOULD I USE ON THE RUN?

The run course is multi-terrain but is predominantly based on hard paths and is suitable for normal running shoes or multi-terrain shoes. It is not suitable for spikes!

IF I WANT TO DO IT AS A TEAM, HOW DOES IT WORK?

When entering as a pair you will need to decide which one of you will do the swim, and which one will do the run. You can select these options in the entry stream.

HOW DOES THE TRANSITION AREA WORK?

On arrival you will be allocated a space where you can lay out your running kit (running shoes and running kit if not worn under your wetsuit). You then report to check-in/swim start in your swim kit.

When you enter the transition area following your swim you get changed at your allocated space leaving your wetsuit, swim hat and goggles neatly stored before heading out on the run. It is recommended that you bring a small plastic storage box/bag to place your swim kit into. 

When you have finished you will be allowed back into the transition area to collect your kit. 

PLEASE NOTE: For security reasons access to the transition area is restricted to competitors and event staff. 

Aquathlon FAQs

Event location

At 24.5 miles long Loch Lomond is Britain's largest inland stretch of water by surface area. The Loch is nestled in the heart of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, only 20 miles north of Glasgow.

Surrounded by mountains, wildlife, forests and glens Loch Lomond is the perfect place to visit for an open water swim this summer.

Loch Lomond is within easy reach of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh, so make a weekend of it and visit one of Scotland's most beautiful and scenic areas.

For more information on Loch Lomond and the surrounding area go to Visit Scotland.

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