10k & 5k 

Sunday 20th September, 2015

Entries to now open January 15th

For 10k results click here

For 5k results click here

Based from the north western shore, the swim will be in Buttermere Lake, with it's crystal clear water this is one of the cleanest lakes in the country.  Set amidst a spectacular backdrop of dramatic fells, forest and waterfalls.

Well done everyone at the rescheduled swim
Updated RESULTS here

For some fantastic pictures of the event click here

Event Bio Security: Due to the threat of invasive non-native species of plants and wildlife we have been advised by West Cumbria Rivers Trust and the National Trust that all participants MUST ensure that their wetsuits and other swim equipment have been thoroughly checked, cleaned and dried before visiting Buttermere. There will be an event bio security system in place where all participants will need to thoroughly rinse wetsuits/equipment with fresh water after the swim. This will be located in the farmyard adjacent to registration and explained at the event briefing. For further information and t
o help prevent the spread of invasive non-native species of wildlife please ensure you adhere to the following guidelines here  

Following the eastern shoreline, Haystacks in the distance...awesome.

Included: Professionally run event, qualified & experienced personel, qualified medical support, FREE tech t-shirt, electronic timing, online registration, well stocked feed stations, hot drinks, event photography, free car parking, refreshments, unique event swim hat & loads of 9 Bars.

Venue: Croft House Farm Cafe, Buttermere Village, Cumbria, CA13 9UZ.

Parking: Event car parking is free & will be in the field adjacent to Croft House Farm café, Buttermere Village, CA13 9XA.

Registration: will be based from Croft House Farm Cafe, they'll be opening up early to provide some pre event caffeine and fuel.

Click here to see what's on offer at this fantastic cafe. There's also a webcam with great views over the fields towards the fells on the South and West side of the valley and the weather in the area.

                                                                             Croft House Farm Cafe

Distances: There are two distances to choose from, 5k which is one cicuit of the lake & 10K, which is two circuits.

Start Times:

10k - 10.30am

5K - 10.45am

Start Location: The event is to be based from the National Trust field at the north west corner of Buttermere Lake (GR 173 163). This is situated approx. 400m down the bridleway track south of the village. Start/finish will be located here.



5k & 10k Course: Swim the whole circumference of this beautiful lake in the 5K course and twice in the 10K course. This is a unique challenge in one of the most iconic locations in the country. The swim will be in a clockwise direction following the bays and inlets & staying close to the shoreline, set against a backdrop of spectacular lakeland fells.

Click here to check out our 'recce day'

'Well Worth the Effort'

Entry Fee:  5k - £30   10k - £35

Entries: Due to the special natural environment of Buttermere the event has a 200 limit

Swim Entry Requirements:
All entrants must be 18 or over on the day and be regular and competent swimmers.
5k - must be able to swim the distance in a pool, have regular experience of open water swimming and be able to swim 1 mile in under 1 hour in open water.
10K - must have trained for and be able to swim the entered distance in a pool, have regular experience of open water swimming and be able to swim 1 mile in under 45 mins in open water.

The 10k will have a half way 5K cut-off time of 2hour 15mins. If you do not manage to reach the 5k mark on 2 hour 15min or less you will be retired from the 10k sportive.
Please note these swim requirements form part of the event organisers safety policy & terms and conditions.

Safety Cover: Will be provided by land based lifeguards and Kayak cover. Swimming wetsuits are compulsory, they form part of the safety policy and provide buoyancy and warmth.

There will be two feed stations per circuit, one at the far end of the lake (GR191 154) and one at the start/finish. These will be located at the shore.

For Terms & Conditions click here

We are grateful for the support of 9bar once again, they will be giving out their great tasting, nutritious mixed seed energy bars at the event. You will find they are perfect for providing slow release energy to keep you going in long endurance races


                                                            Croft Farm Cafe, Buttermere Village

For accommodation & other local information visit:  www.keswick.org

 The National Trust is a charity devoted to conservation and preservation and has cared for the iconic mountains, fells and farms of the Lake District for over 100 years. Part of your entry fee will go towards funding these projects. To find out more about the National Trust in the Lake District.  The National Trust is a registered charity no 205846