Great North Swim - 1 mile


Great North Swim 2020    1 mile

Join us

We'd love you to be part of our team for the Great North Swim!

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.

How to enter

Secure free charity entry!

Our charity places in the 1 mile swim are a great way to make a difference to people affected by cancer. Simply click the ‘Get a place’ button and complete the registration form. There is no registration fee, we just ask you to pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship amount of £200.

Get your own place

Public entry for the Great North Swim 2020 is now open at the official race website register there 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 the ‘I have my own place’ button and completing the short own place registration form.

What do I get as part of #TeamMacmillan?

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.

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.

Great North SwimRun

Following its launch in 2017, the Great North SwimRun is back from 05/06/2020 to 07/06/2020. 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. Please go to and tick the box to support Macmillan - the event organisers will then forward us your details.

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 click here.

If you have any questions, email us at or call on 020 7840 4937.

Kick start your fundraising

Set up your JustGiving Page today.

I have my own placeAlready secured your own place? Raise funds to help support people affected by cancer.
Get a placeJoin the team today! No registration fee, simply pledge to fundraise £200.

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

Team Macmillan swimmer

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