This 1 mile swim is suitable for swimmers of all abilities and is equivalent to 64 lengths of a standard 25m pool. The average completion time is approx 40 minutes. You can choose to enjoy a leisurely breaststroke while taking in the scenery or kick into crawl for a faster time.
Wetsuit use is optional at all John West Great Swim events for water temperatures of 15°C 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. Swimmers aged under 16 will be required to wear a wetsuit.
How to enter the Great North Swim
Get a Macmillan Charity Place in the Great North Swim
Our charity places in the 1-mile swim are a great way to make a difference to people affected by cancer. Simply sign up and complete the registration form. There is no registration fee, however we do ask you to pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship amount of £200.
'Great day out and a good way to get fit whilst doing something for charity.' Team Macmillan swimmer
Why should I join Team Macmillan?
As a Team Macmillan swimmer you'll receive:
Free Macmillan vest or t-shirt to wear
Dedicated swimming training and fundraising guide
Access to our online training zone
Support on the course to help you reach the finish line
Most importantly we'll provide you with a reason to keep going because you'll know that you're helping improve the lives of people living with cancer. Donations make up 98% of our annual income so we simply couldn't do what we do without you.
Please make sure you have read our Terms and Conditions before signing up. You must be aged 18 or over on the day of the event to take part.
Disabled athletes and spectators alike are welcome at the event and arrangements can be made for wheelchair users. Please contact the race organiser's for more information: email@example.com
Ready to join?
By joining us you'll know that you're helping improve the lives of people living with cancer in the UK today.