Buttermere Open Water Swim
Looking down the length of Buttermere towards Fleetwith Pike, view from the lakeshore field.
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.
Following the eastern shoreline, Haystacks in the distance...awesome.
Included: Professionaly run event, qualified & experienced personel, qualified medical support, FREE tech t-shirt, electronic timing, online registration, sports nutrition, well stocked feed stations (5k & 10k courses), hot drinks, event photography, free car parking, refreshments, cake and hot drinks voucher at Croft Farm cafe, 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. There will also be a perforated voucher attached to your number for Croft Farm café which entitles you to a piece of cake & hot drink after the swim.
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 three courses to choose from 1.5k, 5k & 10K
The only accurately measured swim event in Buttermere...
1.5k - 9.30am
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.
1.5k Course: This will be a triangular course, initially heading across to the eastern shoreline. Then it's across the lake, turning at the buoy just before the pine clad western shoreline of Burtness Wood is reached. The final section stays close to the shore and back to the finish.
'Well Worth the Effort'
Entry Fee: 1.5k - £25 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.
1500m - you should be able to swim one mile in a pool without stopping and have recent open water swimming experience.
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.
Event Support: The 9bar team will be attending the event. 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 events.
For accommodation & other local information visit www.keswick.org