Cotswold Big Swims – 1 mile or 2 mile
Saturday 11th September 2021 08:00am Start
Important Event Information - Competitors must read!
One Mile or Two Miles Open Water Swim
Cotswold Water Park, Lake 32 (Waterland Outdoor Pursuits), Spratsgate Ln, Cirencester GL7 6DF - just off A419 (between Swindon and Cirencester). A clear, fresh water lake, which is used for swimming on a regular basis, as well as paddle board and canoe hire. There are changing and toilets on-site, hot catering provided and plenty of room for spectator viewing.
There will be two events held in 2021, the first on Saturday 3rd July and the second on Saturday 11th September. Both events will have a 1 mile and 2 mile option. We have included a combo entry so you can take part in both events for just £40.00!
Cotswold Big Swim - 1 mile
Open to anyone who can cover the distance, Ideal for those wanting an early season tester or taking their first step into open water
swimming (minimum age 14 as at 31/12/21). Please note wetsuits are strongly recommended.
Cotswold Big Swim - 2 mile
Open to anyone who can cover the distance (minimum age 14 as at 31/12/21). Anyone aged under 16 must be a regular club swimmer and their parents must sign a disclaimer/permission form on the morning of the event to confirm they can easily cover the distance. Please note wetsuits are strongly recommended.
The swim will take place in a clear gravel bottom lake over a multi-lap course which will be GPS measured, clearly marked and have a full safety crew. Wetsuits are strongly recommended for these events. We will follow BTA rules on wetsuit temperatures.
This event has sold out in July so no on the day registration is possible. Registration will be held at the swim start at the beach to the left of the main entrance 06:30 am to 07:45am. Sorry No registration after 07:45am. Before going to register please find your name on the board and remember your number, there will be three queues in number order. At registration you must show some form of photographic identification. You will be issued with a timing band, timing chip and a swim hat which must be worn, you will then have your left hand marked with your number.
Bag storage will be available next to registration in a Mini Marquee.
Please secure your chip to your ankle under your wetsuit if it has long legs. Your timing will be taken as you run UNDER the Finish Banner. Then please give in your chip at the end of the shoot in exchange for your Big Swim Medal.
MEDICAL ADVICE/WATER SAFETY/
If you feel unwell on race day please don't race. If you have any medical condition that you have not put on entry form please email details to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Motor boats and canoe crews will be on the water and My Skills For Life will be on shore. If you get into trouble in the water roll onto your back, put you hand in the air and a canoeist will help you. Don't panic or try to climb onto the canoe, hold onto the tail of the canoe and listen for instructions.
The water quality in this clear lake is checked by the Environment Agency every month from May to September and is rated amongst the top bathing water in the UK. Wetsuits are strongly recommended in both swims and compulsory if temperature under 15C, NO boots or neoprene gloves.
Important: If you collect your race pack and then decide not to start or if you stop swimming and exit the water during the event, please inform a member of the crew at the finish area or the registration tent, so we do not think you are still in the water.
07:55am – One mile swim M/F compulsory race brief
08:00am – One mile swim M/F race start
08:15am – Two mile swim M/F compulsory race brief
08:20am – Two mile swim M/F start
You must be at the start line 5 minutes before your start time for a final briefing.
THE COURSE - Water Temp
Water Temperature expected to be around 18-20C. Wetsuits recommended and compulsory if temperature under 15C, NO boots or neoprene gloves.
We will operate a rolling start from the main Waterland beach area. This will mean one person every 5 seconds entering the water until the whole field are in. Once all 1-mile swimmers are in the water we will start the 2 mile race brief.
The one lap and two lap course maps will be available on race day.
All results will be available as you finish via a live online link and posted on this website after the event.
Individual Prizes - 1 and 2 mile events
- Top three male and female overall
- First place in male and female U18, 40+, 50+, 60+ and 70+
Special team July Prizes
July one mile Phil Millard Memorial Trophy. A truly incredible man, who inspired and coached generations of swimmers; including two Olympians in Jazz Carlin and Grant Turner. Phil sadly passed away in 2018 and we hope this trophy will act as a special reminder for a very special swim coach and more importantly a very special person. First team will be for the first three (male or female) from a team to cross the finish in the 1 mile event - cumulative positions will count, lowest score wins.
July two mile Ferris team trophy. In honour of Lorraine and Kev Ferris, the founders of The Cotswold Big Swims, for their dedication and hard work to the sport of triathlon for over 20 years, we are proud to continue these wonderful events. First team will be for the first three (male or female) from a team to cross the finish in the 2 mile event - cumulative positions will count, lowest score wins.
Special team September Prizes
September one mile Glenys France Memorial Trophy. A true ambassador to swimming helping promote the sport from local county events to European and World Championships. The 'Glenys France Memorial Team Trophy' will be presented to the winning team in the One Mile event for the first five (male or female) from a team to cross the finish line - cumulative positions will count, lowest score wins.
How to get there
From London, the South East and The South West - M4 Junction 15. Take dual carriageway A419 towards Swindon, then follow A417/419 towards Cirencester. After approx 10 miles take B4696 Spine Road, sign-posted Cotswold Water Park. Carry on along Spine Road for two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane. Waterland Entrance is 200m on the right (Do NOT use park main/barrier entrance or you will have to pay).
From Wales/Bristol area - M4 Junction 17, take A429 Towards Malmesbury, bypass Malmesbury on A429 and head for Cirencester, at Crudwell take right turn to Oaksey, follow road through Oaksey (The Street) to Spine Road West. You will pass junctions on the left for Poole Keynes and then Somerford Keynes, Spratsgate Lane is next on your left just after Somerford Keynes. Waterland entrance is 200m on the right (Do NOT use main park barrier entrance or you will have to pay).
From Gloucester area take A417/A419 passing Cirencester and head towards Swindon. Approx four miles from Cirencester turn off at Junction for B4696 Spine Road, sign-posted Cotswold Water Park. Carry on along Spine Road for two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane. Waterland entrance is 200m on the right (Do NOT use main park barrier entrance or you will have to pay).
Map Of Area is available here.
There will be free parking on site for competitors and spectators. From Waterland gates, turn right, proceed to field and follow marshal instructions.
Competitors will get preference and we ask anyone spectating to travel with their athlete if possible. Should we reach maximum capacity on the day, parking is available at Neighbridge lake for a very small fee.
The Devere Hotel is just 4 miles from venue, see details at www.devere.co.uk/cotswold-water-park-hotel or there is camping two miles from swim start at Go-By-Cycle,GL7 6DS. This is a registered campsite with toilet and shower facilities within the site and some electrical hook-ups. Book at www.go-by-cycle.co.uk/camping.htm. Sorry No Dogs Allowed. Or visit local tourist info site at www.cirencester.co.uk/visitorinformationcentre
There are several Wetsuit Hire Companies available on the internet. Please contact us if you need any more help.
Hot and Cold Food and drink will be on sale.
Please report any lost property/Children to the bag storage marquee.
TO CONTACT US
email@example.com or 07703298558
We would like to thank the people who have generously helped and supported this event such as Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, My Skills For Life and of course the volunteers, without whom we could not hold such an event. We are very grateful to Waterland for the hire of their facilities and with this in mind, please treat all the facilities and the surrounding countryside with respect and leave them as you find them - thank you.
Ciaran, Dave and Niall
Cotswold Big Swim team