Great NorthSwim 2017


Great North Swim 2017

Join us

Voted the world’s 5th best open water swim, the Great North Swim is back for 2017!

Surrounded by some of the nation’s most spectacular scenery – the Lake District National Park – you can join thousands of others for what is the UK’s biggest outdoor swimming event. Choose from the ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, 5k or 10k distances or the team relay event and help ensure no one faces cancer alone.

NEW FOR 2017: The Great North SwimRun on 10/06/2017. Grab your wetsuit and trainers and get back to nature by swimming and running across 10.6km, 21.3km or 36.5km in teams of two.

How to sign up

Sign up for the ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k and 10k swims and the team relay today at and tick the box to support Macmillan - the event organisers will then forward us your details. Or, once you have your own place, you can join the team by clicking ‘Join Team Macmillan if you already have a place’ and completing the short own place registration form.

Alternatively, you can apply for one of our guaranteed charity places by clicking ‘Get a guaranteed place’ and completing the Macmillan guaranteed place registration form. You will not need to pay a registration fee; you pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship amount of £150 - ½ mile, £200 - 1 mile, £250 - 2 mile, £300 - 5k and £400 - 10k. Please note that, due to popular demand, these are now sold out. If you have a Macmillan guaranteed place, please redeem your token to confirm your place in the swim.

If you are interested in the Great North SwimRun, please go to and tick the box to support Macmillan - the event organisers will then forward us your details.

Team Macmillan

Whether you have your own place in the Great North Swim, or secure one of our Macmillan guaranteed places, we will be with you every step of the way.

We will send you a digital welcome pack with everything you need to kick-start your fundraising and training, including a sponsorship form, training guide and some great fundraising ideas. Within the pack you will also find a merchandise order form which you can complete and return to receive a free Macmillan t-shirt, swimming cap and arm band.

We will be there to support you on the day; to provide free refreshments, wish you the best of luck and most importantly to say a huge thank you for choosing to swim for Macmillan.

So, sign up today and help us continue to support those people affected by cancer.

N.B. On the day of the event, you must be:

  • 12 years or over to enter a ½ mile swim
  • 16 years or over to enter a 1 mile, 2 mile or 5k swim
  • 18 years or over to enter a 10k swim
  • To be able to participate in any Great SwimRun race you have to race in a team consisting of two persons that are at least 16/17/18 years old (depending on distance chosen) and able to swim half a mile unaided.

Full Terms and Conditions can be read here.

'Great day out and a good way to get fit whilst doing something for charity.'

Team Macmillan swimmer

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