What is the Epic Lakes Swim Series?
The Epic Lakes Swim Series consists of either 2 or 3 open water swim events at 3 different locations in Cumbria. Ullswater is the first event in the series. Our 3 venues are Coniston Water, Derwent Water (Keswick) and Ullswater (Patterdale) and the scenery for each is absolutely breathtaking.
Ditch the Hitchers
To help protect our beautiful lakes, streams and tarns from the spread of invasive non-native species (INNS), it is essential that we all take care to clean our swimming kit thoroughly before and after swimming in different water bodies; With hundreds of people from all over the country converging on one lake to undertake a swim the risk that we could accidently spread the problem is magnified. It is important that all swimming kit is washed with clean water as close to the water body that you have just left, ideally on the lake shore. Care should be taken to remove any plant matter or animals that may have attached themselves. They need to be left on site and not transported home or to another water body. Please make sure that you follow the biosecurity procedures at your swim event.
Ensure that you "Ditch the Hitchers" by following the three simple steps every time you leave any river, lake or tarn to protect our freshwaters from the spread of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS):
Remember to always Check, Clean & Dry.
Back for it's 2nd year is the Ullswater summer fete, organised by Patterdale School. You can expect to find all the fun and games you would find at a traditional school fete. Watch out for the welly wanging competition, egg & spoon race, 3 legged race, cake stall, refreshments, tombola and a good old fashioned coconut shy. You can join in all of the fete activities on the day, there is no need to pre register, and all proceeds raised will go back to the school and the local children. Why not bring the family and enjoy all the fun and games.
Nr Ullswater Steamers/St Patricks Boat Landings
Date & Time?
Sunday 4th June 2017
What are the distances?
1. 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!
2. 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.
What are the rules?
There are no 'rules' as such aside from age limitations and the requirement for all competitors to wear a swimming wetsuit (there are no exceptions to this rule, swim wetsuits are compulsory). The age category limitations in place for the various distances are as follows:
1600m swim - minimum age 14 on the day
3.8km swim - minimum age 17 on the day
Which event should I choose?
Before entering an open water swim you should already be a competent swimmer. 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 2 swim distances start at separate times. The 3.8km event will be the first of the day, followed by 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 pass 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 cricket club open for parking
- 07.30 hrs athlete registration opens – all events
- 8.45 hrs 3.8k event race briefing (compulsory)
- 8.50 hrs 3.8k athlete warm up
- 09.00 hrs 3.8k swim start
- 11:00 hrs 3.8k race presentation
- 12.15 hrs 1 mile event race briefing (compulsory)
- 12.20 hrs 1 mile athlete warm up
- 12.30 hrs 1 mile swim start
- 13.45 hrs 1 mile race presentation
Once you have finished the swim you will have your timing chip removed and will be presented with your well-earned medal.
Hot and cold refreshments will be available on the day next to registration.
Event parking will be provided by Patterdale Cricket Club (King George V Playing Field) and there will be a £3.00 charge for the full day parking. Please ensure you have the correct change ready upon arrival at the Cricket Club.
The cricket club is 800m further South down the A592 (Continue through Glenridding to Patterdale Valley) and turn right off the main road. ‘TO THE START’ signs will be in place to guide you off the A592.
Please avoid using the Lake District National Park Cark Park at the Pier House (Steamer) and the town centre car parks as it restricts parking for tourists using the local facilities, the charges are also much more expensive in the LDNP car parks.
There will be portable toilets available on the site.
Event t-shirts are available for purchase in advance with your swim entry and the cost of the shirt is £10. The t-shirts are available in a male and female fit.
How do I enter?
The cost of entry is £20/£25 dependent upon entry to the 1 mile/3800m distances. There are no 'paper applications' for these events, entries are 'online' only and entries close at 12 noon on the Thursday before event day.