Great North Swim 1 Mile


Great North Swim 2021 - 1 Mile

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Looking for your next open water swimming challenge? The Great North Swim 1 mile is located at the stunning Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park.

The event will follow strict COVID-secure procedures, ensuring the safety of participants, spectators and Great Swim crew. As such the event will be operating to a reduced capacity and a slightly different timetable to previous years.

The 1 mile 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

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, however we do ask you to pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship amount of £200.

Already secured your own place?

Join the team by clicking the ‘I have my own place’ button and completing the short own place registration form.

As you have a general entry place, you do not have a minimum fundraising amount – just raise as much as you can!

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

Full Terms and Conditions click here.

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

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.'

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