The Great North Swim, the largest open water swim in Britain, will expand in its second year. The 1-mile Great North Swim will return to Lake Windermere on September 12-13.
The swim not only showcases some of the world's best open water swimmers, including 5 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim medalists in 2008, but also provides a challenge for thousands of others who can train and prepare for an enjoyable mass participation open water swim.
Over 2,000 swimmers participated in the event in 2008, with Olympic 10K Marathon Swim silver medalist David Davies the overall winner in the elite field. "The event was just amazing. To be swimming with so many people and to be cheered on by so many spectators was really impressive. The setting itself is stunning, the course has been well thought out and swimmers had everything they really needed to enjoy the event."
Colin Hill, Event Director from Nova International, who predicts up to 5,000 swimmers will take part in 2009. "The Great North Swim was an instantly iconic event that has created an exciting Great Swim Series around the country. There’ll be lots happening over the weekend."
A business challenge event will been introduced this year where teams of 4-8 swimmers can represent their company to compete with others. This helps extends the reach of our community from lakesides and seashores to corporate boardrooms - a move that Wayne Riddin of the Midmar Mile has utilized very well in South Africa.