Arla Great North SwimRun
08 June 2024

Arla Great North SwimRun

The Arla Great North SwimRun will be back on Saturday 8 June 2024.

SwimRun is based on teamwork, passion, and closeness to nature as teams of two embark on a seamless journey across the landscape, taking on land and water, as they navigate their way around the Short, Middle and Endurance distances. The Arla Great North SwimRun is an opportunity to ditch the roads and the pool; limber up and embrace an off-road, open-water island-hopping adventure!

Booking fee (£2 per entry) is added at checkout.

Choose your distance

Short (12.6km)

£79 Entry Price

Entry price per person. Entrants must be 16 years + .

Middle (23.9km)

£234 Entry Price

Entry price per team of two. Entrants must be 17 years + .

Endurance (38.8km)

£304 Entry Price

Entry price per team of two. Entrants must be 18 years +.

Travel & Parking

We very strongly advise you to plan your travel in advance, as many options are pre-bookable only and will sell out. There will be a drop-off and pick-up turning circle at the venue. To ensure there are no delays on the road network there will be strictly no waiting on site. Parking on roadsides and verges is strictly forbidden, and the police would like to remind participants that any cars that are parked in these areas may incur penalty charge notices or be towed away. Please be considerate to other participants, residents, and tourists and park responsibly. On-site parking for Saturday is now sold out, but you can find out more about alternative travel options and plan your journey here.


About SwimRun

SwimRun rules are simple – you will need to complete your chosen distance through multiple swims and run stages, carrying everything you need from start to finish. This means, contrary to triathlon, you won’t be able to change clothing and will be wearing your trainers and wetsuit for both the land and water sections of the course! 

Doing a SwimRun is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and experience a variety of terrain. Our SwimRun will guide you through the spectacular scenery of Windermere in the Lake District, each one more breathtaking than the last.

The Short distance welcomes single participants as well as teams. You will need to enter as a team of two for our Middle and Endurance distances. Click the FAQs and SwimRun Rules below for more information.

SwimRun Rules 

What is SwimRun?

Event Location

The Lake District National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring locations in the world. We’re hoping this event will encourage people from around the UK to see it from a new perspective and experience an exhilarating and challenging activity in their own backyard.

The event begins on the shores of Windermere, England's largest lake at 10.5 miles long (17km), stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South. The finish line of the event will be shared with the Arla Great North Swim, where family and friends can watch all the action while enjoying food and drink from local vendors.

Event location

Course Maps

PLEASE NOTE: Course may be subject to change. 


Time Wave
Friday 7 June  
18:00 -19:00 Middle and Endurance participants PRE-RACE BRIEFING & PACK PICK UP
Saturday 8 June   
07:00 PACK PICK UP opens for all distances at Brockhole
Middle and Endurance participants  
08:30 EVENT START for Middle participants 
08:30 EVENT START for Endurance participants 
Short - WAVE 1  
09:30 Ferry takes Short - WAVE 1 to start line at Wray Castle boathouse 
09:45 EVENT START for Short - WAVE 1 
Short - WAVE 2  
10:00 Ferry takes Short - WAVE 2 to start line at Wray Castle boathouse 
10:15 EVENT START for Short - WAVE 2 
Short - WAVE 3  
10:30 Ferry takes Short - WAVE 3 to start line at Wray Castle boathouse 
10:45 EVENT START for Short - WAVE 3 

PLEASE NOTE. All times are subject to change in the lead-up to the event


See your SwimRun results