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Big Cotswold Swim home - Race information


16 September 2017 8.30am Start

Important Event Information

One Mile or Two Miles Open Water Swim

September 2017 Start List as at 14 Sep 5pm is available here



TriFerris Promotions welcomes you to Waterland Outdoor Centre, which is part of Britain's largest water park; Cotswold Water Park. The Park's lake is usually used for swimming, canoeing, wind surfing and fishing and is set in a beautifully landscaped area.


Waterland Outdoor Centre, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Nr Cirencester, Glos, GL7 6DF.


From London, the South East and The South West - M4 Junction 15. Take dual carriageway A419 towards Swindon, then follow A417/419 towards Cirencester. After approx 10 miles take B4696 Spine Road, sign-posted Cotswold Water Park. Carry on along Spine Road for two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane. Waterland Entrance is 200m on the right (Do NOT use park main/barrier entrance or you will have to pay).

From Wales/Bristol area - M4 Junction 17, take A429 Towards Malmesbury, bypass Malmesbury on A429 and head for Cirencester, at Crudwell take right turn to Oaksey, follow road through Oaksey (The Street) to Spine Road West. You will pass junctions on the left for Poole Keynes and then Somerford Keynes, Spratsgate Lane is next on your left just after Somerford Keynes. Waterland entrance is 200m on the right (Do NOT use main park barrier entrance or you will have to pay).

From Gloucester area take A417/A419 passing Cirencester and head towards Swindon. Approx four miles from Cirencester turn off at Junction for B4696 Spine Road, sign-posted Cotswold Water Park. Carry on along Spine Road for two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane. Waterland entrance is 200m on the right (Do NOT use main park barrier entrance or you will have to pay).

Map Of Area is available here.


There will be free parking on site for competitors and spectators. From Waterland gates, turn right, proceed to field and follow marshal instructions; PLEASE TRY TO SHARE CARS WHERE POSSIBLE.


visit, or call Cotswold Tourism on 01285 654180.


This year camping will be 300m from swim start at Go-By-Cycle,GL7 6DS This is a registered campsite with toilet and shower facilities within the site and some electrical hook-ups. Book at: From Spine Road, turn right into Spratsgate Lane and take first turning on left camping, first gate on left Sorry No Dogs Allowed.


Registration will be held at the swim start at the beach to the left of the main entrance 7.20am to 8.15am. Sorry No registration after 8.15am. Before going to register please find your name on the board and remember your number, there will be three queues in number order. At registration you must show some form of photographic identification. You will be issued with a timing band, timing chip and a swim hat which must be worn, you will then have your left hand marked with your number. If you are swimming without a wetsuit please let us know at registration and we will show on results.


Bag storage will be available next to registration in a Mini Marquee.


Please secure your chip to your ankle over the top of your wetsuit if it has long legs. Your timing will be taken as you run UNDER the Finish Banner. Then please give in your chip at the end of the shoot in exchange for your Big Swim Medal.


If you feel unwell on race day please don't race. If you have any medical condition that you have not put on entry form please email details to: Motor boats and canoe crews will be on the water and My Skills For Life will be on shore. If you get into trouble in the water roll onto your back, put you hand in the air and a canoeist will help you. Don't panic or try to climb onto the canoe, hold onto the tail of the canoe and listen for instructions.

The water quality in this clear lake is checked by the Environment Agency every month from May to September and is rated amongst the top bathing water in the UK. Wetsuits are recommended

Important: If you collect your race pack and then decide not to start or if you stop swimming and exit the water during the event, please inform a member of the crew at the finish area or the registration tent, so we do not think you are still in the water


8.25am One Mile Swim M/F Compulsory Race Brief
8.30am One Mile Swim M/F START
8:40am Two Mile Swim M/F Compulsory Race Brief
8:45am Two Mile Swim M/F START

You must be at the start line 5 minutes before your start time for a final briefing.

The categories for both men and women are as follows:

16 = Youth 17 - 39 Senior 40 - 49 = Vet 40+ 50 - 59 = Vet 50+ 60 - 80 - Vet 60+  

Please note: Age Category is age At 31/12/17.


Wetsuits are strongly recommended for both swims, NO boots and neoprene gloves - Water Temperature 16C as at 14.9.17


This is located at Waterland Watersports Beach.

ONE MILE SWIM - A one lap course

TWO MILE SWIM - A two lap course


The finish is located next to start area, there will be blue flags to sight on at the finish.

Wetsuit Hire

Check out on-line deals for wetsuit hire deal on line.


Big Swim Medal to all finishers. The prize giving will take place near the finish as soon as last person from the water. Trophies for first three M/F overall, 1st 40+ M/F, first 50+ M/F, first 60+ in both events. One Prize per person so if veteran in top three, vets prize goes to next veteran out of top three.You will be able to get a print out of your results near the finish, then they will be displayed on Saturday evening. The 'GLENYS FRANCE MEMORIAL TEAM TROPHY' will be presented to the winning team in the ONE MILE event. The Trophy has been Sponsored by John Tanner of Cats Solutions and will be for the first five (male or female) from a team to cross the finish in the one mile event - cumulative positions will count, lowest score wins.


Hot and Cold Food and drink will be on sale. South West Swim will be on hand with a selection of swim related products.


Please report any lost property/Children to the bag storage marquee.



We would encourage anyone to take up the challenge of the BIG SWIM to help raise funds for their favourite charity, TriFerris Promotions would prefer your choice to be Cancer Research UK. For on-line fund raising visit


Write to: Tri Ferris Promotions, 4 Lindisfarne, Woodshaw, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 8LQ. Tel: 01793 853933.


We would like to thank the people who have generously helped and supported this event such as printers Cats Solutions, Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, My Skills For Life and of course the volunteers, without whom we could not hold such an event. We are very grateful to Waterland for the hire of their facilities and with this in mind, please treat all the facilities and the surrounding countryside with respect and leave them as you find them - thank you.


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Cats printers, Swindon
South West Swim
b-fit coaching


Official Event Charity

Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK