Great North Swim for PTSD UK

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Great North Swim

Great North Swim

The challenge

The Great North Swim is a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District surroundings of Windermere – join us!

Over the last decade the event has grown from just 3,000 swimmers to almost 10,000 and our location at Brockhole on Windermere allows us to continue to improve the Great Swim experience for participants and spectators alike.

Suitable for swimmers all abilities, this 1 mile event is equivalent to 64 lengths of a 25m pool. The average completion time is around 40 minutes – but you can take a leisurely breaststroke and enjoy the scenery or kick into crawl for a faster time of course! Entrants must be 16 years and above.

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The details

Event TypeSwim
Date9-11th June 2023
LocationLake Windermere
Registration Fee£45
Fundraising Target£250

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The route

You can see the planned route in the map below.

We just want to reassure you that you are in very safe hands while taking part in your swim. The Great North Swim Team have lots of fully trained water safety kayakers, lifeguards and boats monitoring you all the way around, so you’re never far from some friendly support.

If you find yourself struggling, or in need of a little breather, just lay on your back or tread water and pop your hand up, and one of the safety team will make their way to you to check everything is ok. They have plenty of safety craft on the water and someone will reach you as quickly as possible.

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The event day: WHat you'll get

Fully signposted route

To keep you swimming in the right direction!

safety team

All along the route, the team will keep you safe

your medal!

You'll get an official Medal on completion!

Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…

  • A huge round of applause as you cross the finish line
  • A shiny medal  plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
  • Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event, so smile for the cameras!

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wetsuit policy

Wetsuit use is optional at all Great Swim events for water temperatures of 15⁰C or above. Swimmers choosing not to wear a wetsuit MUST use an approved high visibility tow float, swimmers wearing wetsuits can also choose to swim with a tow float. This only applies to swimmers aged over 16 years old.

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fundraising for ptsd uk

We’re SO grateful to have you on Team PTSD UK!! Thank you for your support! By signing up to this event, you’re pledging to raise at least £250 in sponsorship for us – but don’t worry, we’ll help you by sending you a pack with fundraising help and materials. 

Visit this page to find out more about how your fundraising helps support our mission to support everyone affected by PTSD, no matter the trauma that caused it. 

As a thank you for your support, we’re offering everyone who enters for the 2023 event, a free PTSD UK Tshirt to keep you warm once you’re out of the Lake!

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how to sign up

Join as an Individual or with friends to support PTSD UK with much needed fundraising and an incredible event! Simply click the button below to be taken to our EventBrite page to sign up!