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Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2019 John West Great North SwimRun!

Entries for the 2020 events are now open!

SwimRun is 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 Short, Middle and Endurance distances.

The John West 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 more details and what's included in your entry fee.


See your 2019 SwimRun results


How it works

For the Short distance single participants, as well as teams are permitted to take part. For the Middle and Endurance distances however, entries must be made in teams of two.

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 prior to the event (details tbc.)

Click below for more information about the Great North SwimRun:

SwimRun Rules 


What's included

If you're thinking of signing up to the 2019 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
  • Clif Bar feed station with bars, bloks, gels and water
  • Swim cap
  • Finisher's t-shirt
  • Finisher goodies
  • Waterproof course map
  • Pre-event briefing (Friday 7 June, 19:30 - The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria, LA23 1HW)
  • Information manual
  • Timing chip (one per team or individual)


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

Course Maps

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



Click on the links below to download useful event information: