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Great North SwimRun

Brockhole on Windermere

09 June 2018

Congratulations to all those who took part in the 2018 Great North SwimRun!

We haven’t opened entries for 2019 yet but you can sign up to our reminder service and be the first to know when we do open.

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 



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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
  • 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

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


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.


Course Maps

Download the course maps in PDF or KMZ format. Please note: these may be subject to change. 


Friday 8 June 2018  
19:30 Pre-event briefing at Main Hall, The Lakes School,Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria, LA23 1HW
Saturday 9 June 2018                                                             
07:00 Information opens and ferries depart Ambleside for Brockhole*
07:15 Check in opens for the short wave
07:45 Check in closes for the short wave
07:45 Check in opens for middle and endurance
07:45 Ferries depart Brockhole for short start point
08:15 Check in closes for middle and endurance
08:30 All distances start

NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event

*As the parking at the Great North Swim site is limited to pre booked priority parking only, those wishing to use Park and Sail must use the 0700 service from Ambleside. There will be no service from Bowness for the SwimRun.



Click on the links below to download useful event information: