Open Water Swim Races
When28 May, 11 Jun, 9 Jul, 8 Oct
With the popularity of open water swimming growing as a sport in it’s own right there is more and more of you wanting to test your swimming ability without having to worry about cycling and running afterwards. There are also many triathletes entering these open water swim races as preparation for their own triathlon and multisport events.
Our TRAINING RACES offer the competitors an opportunity to gauge fitness, practise mass swim starts, swimming with others and to add a element of competition to your training in a relaxed and inexpensive environment.
The races will follow the same structure with the only things outside of your control being the British weather and the other competitors racing with you.
This allows you to monitor your progress over the races throughout the season over the same course and having the series will enable you to try new things and make sure that you get a great workout as well as preparing yourself for your major ‘A’ races during the summer.
We allow competitors to decide on your race distance on the morning of the race when you register and collect your swim hat. We have decided to offer this because over the past two year people have regularly changed their minds due to weather, their fitness etc. This way you can literally choose the distance thats right for you when you arrive at the race.
Details about the Ham Lake swimming venue:
The address details for your Sat Nav are Thames Young Mariners, Ham Fields, Riverside Drive, Richmond, TW10 7RX, UK
The closest train stations are Strawberry Hill and Richmond.
There are toilet and shower facilities at the venue.
There is ample parking for cars and safe places to lock and store bicycles whilst you swim.
Entry fees for the Open Water Swim Race:
– Entries for the 3200m (6 laps) distance race is £12.00
– Entries for the 2250m (4 laps) distance race is £12.00
– Entries for the 1250m (2 laps) distance race is £12.00
– Entries for the 750m (1 lap) distance race is FREE!
We are allowing competitors to decide on your race distance on the morning of the race when you register and collect your swim hat and race number. We have decided to offer this because over in past years people have regularly changed their minds due to weather, their fitness etc. This way you can literally choose the distance that’s right for you when you arrive at the race.
Please take time to read through this information prior to your race:
The races will start from 8:00am so we ask that you arrive in plenty of time to change, register and warm up prior to the race start. On arrival at the venue you will asked to park in specific areas by members of the RG Active marshals. You will need to register your attendance with at the registration desk where you will be given the following things:
– An coloured swim hat relevant to your race distance.
– On your hand will be written a ‘Number’, ‘Letter’ or both, this will be how the race marshals are able to record your time at the finish line of the race.
Note: At the registration desk you will also be able to purchase a selection of items including blueseventy goggles, swim toys as well as sports lubricant, energy products and hot or cold drinks.
The distances for all races have been measure by GPS equipment, however due to tidal changes in the river Thames the exact distance of the races could vary by a few metres on the morning of the race like with all open water events.
There will be three race options/distances to choose from, however EVERYONE will start in the same ‘Mass start’ at 08:00am.
Competitors racing the 750m (1 lap) course will exit the water via the matted ramp and follow the cones directly to the finish line where your time will be recorded by the RG Active time keepers.
Those competitors competing in the longer distance races will NOT exit the lake and continue the loop in the upper part of the lake to complete their additional lap(s). At the end of their last swim lap they will exit the lake via the ramp, turn sharp left and head directly to the finish line.
When running through the finish line we ask that all competitors be respectful of the time keepers and help them to record your numbers accurately so the results will be correct when you receive them. Please make sure the ‘number’ or ‘letter’ you have written on your hand is shown to the time keepers when you cross the finish line, this signifies YOU and will be cross referenced with your time when the results are compiled after the race.
Now all you have to do is Enter, Participate and Enjoy!