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John West Great Swim Series

The John West Great Swim event series is back in 2021

This year’s John West Great Swim Event Series is back, and we’d love to see you there! 
It was in difficult circumstances that we had to cancel the events earlier this year, but it's with great excitement that we're bringing the UK's original open water swim series back in 2021.

The John West Great North Swim, Friday 11 – Sunday 13 June 2021, and John West Great East Swim, Saturday 19 June 2021, will both follow covid-secure procedures, ensuring the safety of participants, spectators and Great Swim crew. As such we will be operating to a reduced capacity and a slightly different timetable to previous years.

The events open for entry include Swim250, Half Mile, 1 Mile, 2 Miles, 5k and 10k. The Great North SwimRun event will not return until 2022, but you can join our Reminder Service and we will let you know when entries open.

For thirteen years Great Swim has provided tens of thousands of swimmers with exhilarating, challenging and safe open water swimming events. This June we can’t wait to immerse ourselves in nature in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Windermere and Alton Water for a much-needed change of scenery. Both events will offer the same family friendly atmosphere, spectacular swimming action, and unbeatable sense of achievement when you step out of the water and cross the finish line.

Embrace the elements with us this summer…. It’s in our nature! Entries are now open!


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Here at The Great Swims, we’re delighted to announce WaterAid as our 2021 Event Charity Partner. Join their team today and help bring the joy of clean water to people around the world.

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