Open Water Swimming
With three distances available, this will be a first opportunity for many to swim a decent distance without waves, seawater and tides/current in this corner of the world, in the very pleasant Lake1 at Action Watersports. LongSwim1: 1900m, 2: 3800m and 3: 5700m.
On the Sunday of Marshman weekend, we have three Long Swim events. Perhaps you will be supporting somebody at the half-iron event and want something to do while they are out on the bike. Or perhaps you just fancy a decent swim without the waves or salty water or the 25 metre turnarounds or just without all that cycling and running round the countryside.
Well now we have three swim distances for you on Marshman Sunday in the fabulous lake: 1.9km, 3.8km and 5.7km. These will set off after the half-iron athletes have left transition, and will consist of 1, 2 or 3 laps of the half-iron-distance “M”-shaped course in the lake. Of course, 1.9km is the same distance as those athletes will swim; 3.8km is the full ironman-distance swim, for those who don’t know; and some would refer to 5.7km as a half-marathon or more.
Come on in, the water’s lovely. It’s the same entry price for any distance.
The event takes place in the pleasant water of Action Watersports’ Lake 1, Dengemarsh Road, Lydd, Kent TN29 9JH
The 1,900m course in the lake is an “M” shape, where you swim up the right-hand-side, turn sharp left at the right-end buoy, come back to the middle of the lake, make a sharp right turn back to the far-left buoy where you make a final sharp left and swim back down the right side to the start. Those swimming the 3,800m event will do that a second time, and those swimming the epic 5.7k will do it a third time.
The lake is not deep, so it warms up quite quickly in a period of reasonable weather. Wetsuits will be compulsory.
Entry in advance: £18.
Entry on the day: will be available subject to capacity, £18, cash only at registration please. You could fill in our postal form and bring it along, which is easier for you and us.
Race pack: We don’t send out a race pack in the post, everything is handled at registration on the day. No worries.
Refunds, Cancellations and Transfers policy
If YOU have to cancel:
Up to 6 weeks before the event – Full refund or transfer to the same event next year or a race credit for a similar Velocity Events’ event.
Up to 2 weeks before the event – Transfer to the same event next year or a race credit for a similar Velocity Events’ event.
Less than 2 weeks’ notice, sorry.
If WE have to cancel the event:
If a race has to be cancelled for reasons beyond our control, such as but not limited to safety, harsh weather, civil disturbance, road closure or others, a revised date may be fixed if this is possible. You will be offered a free transfer to that date if acceptable, or the same event in the following year or a race credit for a similar Velocity Events event. We cannot be held responsible for any other losses incurred. Notice will be given via email as soon as we know that cancellation is unavoidable.
If we have to modify the event:
Occasionally, for reasons including but not limited to safety, road closure, deep water, cold or unsuitable weather, civil disturbance or anything else beyond our reasonable control, an event has to be modified. We do our best to keep to the expected race format but sometimes an event has to be reorganised at the last minute.
For example in cold weather (as defined in BTF* Rules), a triathlon swim leg may be shortened or changed to a run; in flood conditions or excessive winds, a cycle leg could be cancelled. This is regrettable but in all such cases, if the race starts, if you choose not to attend, you will be classed as a ‘DNS’ (did not start) and a refund, transfer or credit will not be given.
*BTF: British Triathlon Federation