Route Maps

2.5 KM



The route is very simple to follow. Starting at the Boat house end of the lake on the scoreboard side, you will swim straight up the lake before making a right-hand turn to swim straight across. You will then make a 2nd right turn to head back towards the Grandstand, where you will finish as you exit the water and pass under the finish gantry.

5 KM



This is a two-lap course. Similar to the 2.5km route, it starts at the boat house heading up the lake with the scoreboard on your left, before making two right turns at the buoys to go across the lake then head back towards the starting end. On your first lap, you will pass the exit point at the Grandstand and continue to the Boat houses. Here you will exit the water to run/walk to the re-entry point and start your second lap. This time, after completing your second lap, you will exit at the Grandstand seating and pass under the finish gantry to complete your event.

FAQs

What temperature will the lake be?

 
Typically, the temperature is around 22 degrees, but this is dependent on the weather in the preceding weeks. We will not know definitively until the temperature is measured on the morning of the event.
 

Do I have to wear a wetsuit?

 
No, you don’t have to wear a wetsuit, however we recommend that you train and practice with whatever kit you plan to use on race day.
 

How old do you have to be to enter?

 
To enter the 2.5k you need to be 12 by 31 December 2022, for the 5k you need to 13 by 31 December 2022.
 

Are there medals?

 
All finishers will receive a medal and there will be an additional award for winners in each age group.
 

Do I have to do front crawl?

 
You can swim any stroke apart from backstroke (as we ask swimmers requiring assistance from the Water Safety crew to turn onto their backs).
 

Will it be a mass start?

 
We will be using a rolling start format. You can dive in or lower yourself into the water as you prefer. If you are nervous about being overtaken by other swimmers, we recommend swimming to the left of the racing line.
 

Do I have to get out between laps?

 
The 5k event is over two laps and you will be required to exit the water, walk/run a short distance before re-entering. Drinks will be available at this point. The 2.5k event is a single lap.
 

How will I receive my race pack?

 
All race packs will be available to collect on the day of the race.
 

Can I enter on the day?

 
Entries on the day will be accepted subject to availability, we recommend entering in advance to secure your place at a lower price and to save you queuing on the day.
 

What time does it start?

 
The 2.5km race starts at 9am and the 5km race starts at 11:30am
 

Will there be refreshments available?

 
We will have water and HIGH5 available for the race. There will also be drinks and food available to purchase in our event village.
 

Is there somewhere safe to leave my stuff?

 
There will be a basic bag drop facility where you can leave your belongings and there will be a table near the swim start for you to keep small items like glasses. We recommend not leaving valuables in your bag, please leave these with friends and family or there are lockers available inside the main building.
 

Is there somewhere to change?

 
There are changing and shower facilities inside the main building.
 

Can I wear shoes to the start?

 
There will be an area where you can store shoes – please ensure you collect these after the race, any remaining at the end of the day will be thrown away or donated to charity.
 

Is there a cut off time?

 
For the 5km swim, there will be a cut off for Lap One which needs to be completed by 12:45pm
 

I can’t race any more – what are my options?

 
If you withdraw by 26 June 2022, you will be eligible for a 50% refund of your entry fee. Sorry but there is no option to transfer or defer your entry.
 

I have more questions; how do I find answers?

 
You can call us on 01522 699950 or email at info@osbevents.com.