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John West Great Swim Series

Be Part of the Open Water Swimming Family...

For thirteen years Great Swim has provided tens of thousands of swimmers with exhilarating, challenging and safe open water swimming events. Choose your distance from Swim250, Half Mile, 1 Mile, 2 Miles, 5k and 10k, and immerse yourself in nature in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Windermere or Alton Water for a much-needed change of scenery.

Both events offer a family friendly atmosphere, spectacular swimming action, and an unbeatable sense of achievement when you step out of the water and cross the finish line to receive your medal.

So join us, and be part of the Great Swim open water swimming family!

Embrace the elements with us…. It’s in our nature


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Swim for WaterAid

Here at The Great Swims, we’re delighted to announce WaterAid as our 2021 Event Charity Partner. Join their team today and help bring the joy of clean water to people around the world.

Find out more about swimming for WaterAid

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