Great North Swim - 1 mile

  • Date:
    Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th June 2024
  • Location:
    Lake Windermere, The Lake District
  • Cost:
    £20 Registration Fee
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Take on this fabulous swimming challenge in the beautiful Lake District.

Join #TeamShine at the UK's biggest open water swimming event!

Enjoy the magnificent scenery whilst swimming 1 mile in England's largest freshwater lake - Lake Windermere. One mile is the equivalent to 64 lengths of a 25m pool! You can choose a leisurely breaststroke while taking in the views or kick into a crawl for a faster time.

The Great North Swim is a weekend-long celebration of open water swimming. Expect stunning scenery, the best of local food and drink, outdoor activities, culture, art, history and thousands of like-minded people coming together. Think of it more as an open water adventure than a race. 
Altogether there are six different open water swimming distances to suit all ages, abilities and experience (from a family friendly 250m up to a 10K). So, whether you’re a veteran open water swimmer or you’re looking to try something new, there’s an option to suit all.

If you wish to try one of the other five distances available you can do so by booking your own place.

Have a look at the video from last year’s event.
Dive into nature and join #TeamShine at the UK’s biggest open water swimming event 
Please see here for more info about the event, safety, wetsuit policy, travel etc.

Would you like to take part? 

Date: Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th June 2024 
Location: Brockhole, Lake Windermere, The Lake District 
Registration fee: £20
Minimum sponsorship pledge: £150 
Distance: 1 mile

There are various timed 1 mile swim waves on each day - with more on the Saturday.

Please note that the minimum age to take part in the 1 mile event is 16.

If you will be under 18 as at the date of the event you must have permission from a parent/guardian and they must enter you for the event.

When you join Team Shine you will receive:  
- Shine swimming cap
- Shine T-shirt   
- Access to fundraising resources, tips and advice  
- Ongoing support from our dedicated fundraising team to help you reach your target  

Charity places

Shine have a limited number of charity places available. Book your spot on the start line today by clicking ‘sign up now’. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so act fast to avoid disappointment. 

Do you have your own place?

If you have a general entry place in any of the distances, we would love you to be a part of #TeamShine! With no minimum sponsorship pledge or registration fee, we simply ask you to raise as much as you can to support members and families affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Plus, you'll have access to all the great benefits above.

To join Shine with your own place, complete this short form.   


For safety reasons the Great Swim features dry-land sections at the start and finish of the course so may not be suitable for all swimmers.  More details can be found here.

More information

You can see more information about the event, safety, wetsuit policy, travel etc here.

You can also find a Great North Swim training plan here.

If you need any more information before signing up, or if you have any other questions for the team, get in touch by completing this short form.

Please note - it is only possible to buy one ticket at a time. So if you're signing up as a team, each person will need to purchase their ticket separately.

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