What is the Epic Lakes Swim Series?
The Epic Lakes Swim Series consists of 3 open water swim events at 3 different locations in Cumbria. Coniston is the third and final event of the series, taking place Sunday August 16th.
For each date and location there are 3 event distances to choose from which provides novices, intermediates and elite swimmers with a challenge to match. Our 3 venues are Coniston Water, Derwent Water (Keswick) and Ullswater (Patterdale). The scenery for each is absolutely breathtaking.
John Ruskin School
Date and Time:
Sunday 16th August 2015
1 mile: 12:00am
What are the distances?
1. 500m - great for first timers or those people finding their feet. This distance is also great for youngsters who wish to sample open water and gain experience.
2. 1600m - 'The Classic Mile' is our most popular event, it's a great challenge for swimmers of all ability levels and always proves to be a closely contested event!
3. 3.8K - This event exists as it's the official distance for 'Ironman' triathlon events and provides triathlon competitors with an opportunity to cover the distance in a realistic race setting. Aside from Ironman triathlon competitors it's also a great challenge for long distance swimmers.
Which event should I choose?
Before entering an open water swim you should already be a competent swimmer. We recommend that before you attempt the 500m distance, you should be capable of swimming 1 mile in a swimming pool without stopping. If you are inexperienced swimming in open water, please do not attempt 3.8k for your first event! You should be capable of swimming 1 mile in an hour or less before you consider the 3.8k distance.
Please ensure that you are medically fit before attempting these events and if in doubt, visit your GP and discuss it with them. If you are currently using any medication or have any medical illnesses, you MUST visit your GP for guidance.
Wetsuits are compulsory for all swimmers. Shortie type wetsuits are allowed, but because of lake temperatures full body cover is recommended. Neoprene hats may be worn, and hand or foot cover may be worn as long as it does not aid propulsion (paddle gloves or fins).
What happens on the day?
The 3 swim distances start at separate times. The 3.8k event will be the first of the day, followed by the 500m and then finally the 1 mile event.
Each distance will be a mass start with competitors lining up in the water and starting at the same time. The course is marked with large yellow marker buoys and water safety cover is in place throughout all of the events.
At the start of the event, all swimmers enter the water and make their way to the start line for a 'deep water' start. At the end of the course you will exit the water and run under the finish gantry, across a timing mat to finish the race (all swimmers are given an electronic timing chip which is worn round your ankle).
Refreshments are available on the day. Prizes are available for various categories and all results will be posted on the Epic Events website the following day.
Race Day Schedule:
07.30 hrs - athlete registration opens – all events
08.15 hrs - 3.8K race briefing (compulsory)
08.20 hrs - 3.8K warm up (non-compulsory)
08.30 hrs - 3.8K swim start
10.45 hrs - 500m event race briefing (compulsory)
10.50 hrs - 500m warm up (non-compulsory)
11:00 hrs - 500m swim start
11:00 hrs - 3.8K presentation
11:45 hrs - 1 mile event race briefing (compulsory)
11:50 hrs - 1 mile warm up (non-compulsory)
12:00 hrs - 1 mile swim start
12:15 hrs - 500m presentation
13:30 hrs - 1 mile presentation
500m swim - minimum age 11 on the day
1600m swim - minimum age 15 on the day
3.8km swim - minimum age 17 on the day
Once you have finished the swim you will have your timing chip removed and will be presented with your well-earned medal.
Refreshments will be available on the day.
Event parking will be at the John Ruskin School and there will be a small charge of £3 for this at the gate. Please avoid using the Lake District National Park Cark Park at the lakeside as it restricts parking for tourists using the local facilities – the charges are also more expensive.
Verge parking on Lake Road is not allowed and is enforced strongly by the police.
There are toilets on site.
How do I enter?
The cost of entry is £15/£20/£25 dependent upon entry to the 500m/1 mile/3800m distances. There are no 'paper applications' for these events, entries are 'online' only. Once entered, you will be sent a confirmation via email coupled with appearance of your name on the entry list. If you are able to enter online via the web link below, places are still available, the ability to enter will be removed when the event is full.