The first Great North Swim took place in 2008, and has since become a huge calendar event for swimmers of all ages and abilities from all over the UK. Initially inspired from the Great North Run, long distance swimmer Colin Hill wanted an event and a challenging focus for all like-minded swimmers. The first event attracted a huge 2200 swimmers to the striking Lake Windermere. In 2011 10,000 participants took to the water.
There are many reasons why swimmers take the plunge. Some to get fit, some like a challenge and many swimmers take part all in the aid of charity. First timers right through to Olympic champions experience the thrill of the open water swimming, whilst also having a safety net of safety boats and trained professionals that are with you every ‘stroke of the way’.
Spectators come to experience some galvanising competitions, as top swimmers of the world go head to head in the elite races. By the Lake is a grandstand seating area overlooking the course, with large screens around the site for all supporters to watch.
2016 is set to be huge for the Great North Swim. The Lake District is the perfect playground for anyone wanting to make a weekend of the event.
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