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Big Cotswold Swim home - Race information

THE BIG COTSWOLD SWIM

17 September 2016 8.30am Start

Important Event Information

One Mile or Two Miles Open Water Swim

September 2016 Start List is available by clicking here

WELCOME

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.

LOCATION

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

HOW TO GET THERE

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 park main/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 park main/barrier entrance or you will have to pay).

Map Of Area is available here.

PARKING

There will be free parking on site for competitors and spectators. From Waterland gates, turn right, proceed to field and follow marshal instructions.

ACCOMMODATION

visit http://cotswolds.info/hotels-logings-pubs-inns-cottages.shtml, or call Cotswold Tourism on 01285 654180.

CAMPING

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: http://www.go-by-cycle.co.uk/camping.htm. From Spine Road, turn right into Spratsgate Lane and take first turning on left camping, first gate on left Sorry No Dogs Allowed.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be held at the swim start at the beach to the left of the entrance 7.20am to 8.15am. Sorry No registration after 8.15am. 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

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

CHIP TIMING

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.

MEDICAL ADVICE/WATER SAFETY

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: triferris@btinternet.com. 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

START TIMES

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 31/12/16.

THE COURSE

Wetsuits are strongly recommended for both swims, NO boots and neoprene gloves - Water Temperature 20C at the moment

Start

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 flags and arrows to sight on.


Wetsuit Hire

Check out on-line deals for wetsuit hire at:www.hireawetsuit.co.uk Use discount code: TFP2016

MEDALS, PRIZES, RESULTS

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. Also Team prize in one mile event, first five across the line male or female.You will be able to get a print out of your results near the finish, then they will be displayed on www.triferris.com Saturday evening.

REFRESHMENTS/TRADE STAND

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

LOST PROPERTY/CHILDREN

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

LATE ENTRIES

On-line entries taken until midnight Thursday 15 September. SORRY NO ENTRIES ON RACE DAY

CANCER RESEARCH UK

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 www.justgiving.com/cancerresearchuk.

TO CONTACT US

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

THANK YOU

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.

Sponsors/Links

Click on image for website links
Cats printers, Swindon
South West Swim
Waterland
b-fit coaching

Zoggs

Official Event Charity

Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK