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The Great North SwimRun events are now open!

On Saturday 9 June 2018 the three SwimRun distances (short, middle and endurance) will be returning to Windermere. This time, the three distances will start and finish at our brand new location at Brockhole on Windermere.

Based on teamwork, passion, and closeness to nature, teams of two embark on a seamless journey across the landscape, taking on land and water, as they navigate their way around the course.

The Great North SwimRun is an opportunity to ditch the roads and the pool; limber up and embrace an off-road, open-water island-hopping adventure!

Take a look below for details on what's included in your entry fee.

Click below for more information about the Great North SwimRun:

- FAQs
SwimRun Rules 


What's included

If you're thinking of signing up to the 2018 Great North SwimRun then take a look at what's included in your entry fee:

  • Event day race bib
  • SwimRun map temporary tattoo
  • SwimRun medal
  • Feed station energy gels and water
  • Silicone swim cap
  • Technical finisher's t-shirt
  • Goodie-filled finisher's bag
  • Waterproof course map
  • Pre-event briefing (on Friday 8 June)
  • Information manual
  • Timing chip (one per team of two)


What's included


How it works

Teamwork is essential. Each pair is responsible for each other’s safety and support, remaining close to each other at all times, succeeding or failing together.

SwimRun rules are simple - complete your chosen distance carrying everything you need from start to finish; this means wearing your trainers and wetsuit for both the land and water sections of the course!

Please note: There will be a mandatory briefing the evening before.


Event Location

The Lake District National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring locations in the world. We’re hoping this event will encourage people from around the UK to see it from a new perspective and experience an exhilarating and challenging activity in their own backyard.

The event begins on the shores of Windermere, England's largest lake at 10.5 miles long (17km), stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South. The finish line of the event will be shared with the Great North Swim, where family and friends can watch all the action while enjoying food and drink from local vendors.

Event location

Course Maps

Download the 2018 course maps in PDF format (please note: these maps are provisional and may be subject to change).










Click on the links below to download useful event information: