Whether you’re a serious competitor with something to prove, or just want to try a new activity, the action-packed Swim England National Open Water Festival has something for you.
Taking place 29-30 July at the picturesque Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield, the event will see the country’s finest swimmers race for national honours in the Masters and Age Group Championships as well as newcomers in the popular Team2K.
The best thing about the Swim England National Open Water Festival is that it’s completely free for spectators, so family and friends can come along to support swimmers and enjoy the festival atmosphere on the shore.
Four ways to get involved
1. The Team2k – 29 July
A team event for everyone. Bring all the family and friends. Swim 2km as a team of four and get a medal for your effort.
You’re welcome to wear a wetsuit and you don’t need to be an Swim England member so signing up is hassle-free.
2. Mix It With The Masters – 29 July
Masters swimmers are adults over the age of 18 who are members of a swimming club in England, Scotland or Wales.
The Masters Championships is open to all Swim England Category 2 members aged 18 – 80+ years and is the highlight on the year for open water Masters and senior age group swimmers as they compete for national honours in 1.5km and 3km events.
If you’re a Masters swimmer with something to prove, make sure you’re first in line to secure your place in the 2018 event.
3. Race Future Olympians – 30 July
The Swim England National Open Water Age Group Championships is the country’s flagship open water age group event, attracting the future stars of open water swimming.
The competition takes place on 30 July where swimmers will take to the water in allocated age groups to compete for national honours in 2k, 3k and 5k events.
The winners of the individual Swim England regional Open Water Championships all qualify to compete at the Championships while other athletes can secure respective qualification times in long course pool events.
4. Family Fun – All Weekend!
The Swim England National Open Water Festival is completely free for spectators, so family and friends can come along to support swimmers and enjoy the fun, festival atmosphere on the shore.
You never know, you might even be inspired to take part next year!
There will be plenty of exciting things to enjoy on shore including a range of stalls, plenty to eat and drink, and activities for kids including face painting.