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SwimRun places are going fast!

Due to popular demand, this year's John West Great North SwimRun Short distance on Saturday 8 June has now sold out. You can still take part in the Middle and Endurance distances, but be quick as places are limited.

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.


Friday 7 June   
Pre-event briefing at Main Hall, The Lakes School,Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria, LA23 1HW
The briefing is compulsory for all Middle and Endurance participants, and optional for Short distance particpants. Event bibs and pack collection will be available at the briefing.
Saturday 8 June   
Middle and Endurance participants LIMITED PLACES LEFT
07:00 Site opens/ SwimRun ferry departs Ambleside for start area at Brockhole on Windermere
08:00 Check-in opens for Middle and Endurance participants
08:30 EVENT START for Middle and Endurance participants
07:00 Site opens
09:00 Briefing for Short - WAVE 1
09:30 Check in opens for Short - WAVE 1
10:00 Ferry takes Short - WAVE 1 to start line at Wray Castle boathouse
10:15 EVENT START for Short - WAVE 1
07:00 Site opens
09:30 Briefing for Short - WAVE 2
10:00 Check-in for Short - WAVE 2
10:30 Ferry takes Short - WAVE 2 to start line at Wray Castle boathouse
10:45 EVENT START for Short - WAVE 2
07:00 Site opens
10:00 Briefing for Short - WAVE 3
10:30 Check-in opens for Short - WAVE 3
11:00 Ferry takes Short - WAVE 3 to start line at Wray Castle boathouse
11:15 EVENT START for Short - WAVE 3

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

Important information:

  • All SwimRun participants across the Short, Middle and Endurance distances must go to the main Great North Swim event site at Brockhole where you will need to check in and start the event. You cannot arrive at Wray Castle.
  • 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.


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: