RAPs ambassador and members to take part in The Great North Swim challenge

Great North Swim - Windermere - 2008


Taking place on the 13th – 15th of June in the stunning location of Lake Windermere, The Great North Swim is one of UK’s most popular open water swimming events and is part of the Great Swim series. The series is the biggest exhibition of open water swimming in the UK and is the perfect opportunity to swim in some perhaps more unusual locations ranging from national parks to urban waterways (not exactly your average pool!).

What’s fantastic about The Great North Swim is that it doesn’t matter too much on your ability. There are a range of distances to choose from including 1/2 mile, one mile, two miles and 5k courses, all in the safe hands of expert safety kayakers who are with you every stroke of the way. So whether you’re just starting your open water swimming journey or are at an elite level, there’s certainly something for everyone, including our ambassador, Olympic Medallist Steve Parry, who will be at this year’s Great North Swim with a few of our members also taking part.

RAPs Ambassador Steve Parry commented:

“I’m delighted to be at this years’ Great North Swim, it’s such a fantastic event to be involved with and I’m looking forward to being in a stunning location. What’s great about the Great Swim series is that it doesn’t matter on your ability, it’s about the taking part.”

With over 20,000 people taking part in the Great Swim Series last year this is certainly one event you won’t want to miss out. Even if you don’t fancy entering yourself, it’s still a great day out for all the family to go and watch as you’ll be able to enjoy all the exciting elite races featuring world class athletes, the farmer’s market and on site entertainment.

Date: 13 – 15 June 2014

Venue: Windermere, Lake District


½ mile: Entry £32 (£26.66 plus VAT 20%)

1 Mile: Entry £39 (£32.50 plus VAT 20%)

2 Miles: Entry £46 (£38.33 plus VAT 20%)

5km: Entry £46 (£38.33 plus VAT 20%)

The Great swim Series will also be holding training sessions prior to the Great North Swim on the 7th June at Brockhole Visitor Centre, Lake Windermere. 

The training sessions welcome all abilities and will allow you to progress at your own pace in preparation for your upcoming Great North Swim. The tailored training sessions are for beginners, intermediate and advanced swimmers and training leaders will be on hand at all times.

For more information about what the sessions will entail and how to get there click here.

If you are taking part, or even plan to, please let us know – just drop us a quick email here.

If you’d like to enter The Great North Swim or any other events in the Great Swim Series please visit the website.