Cotswold Big Swim Festival 2022

The Cotswold Big Swim Festival is a festival of swimming and offers something for all of the family. The event is a celebration of outdoor swimming and is set in the beautiful Cotswolds. 

The event has a variety of distances to suit all ages and abilities, there will be an event village including; exhibitors, retailers, club stands, food stands, music and coaching experts, helping to create an exciting morning for all. 

We hope to welcome past participants and encourage new people to this wonderful open water series and inspire people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and enjoy the process. 

"This was my first event and it was a truly incredible experience. Everything was so well organised and the atmosphere was so Inclusive and fun" 

About The Series

 

Venue

Cotswold Water Park, Lake 32 (Waterland Outdoor Pursuits), Spratsgate Ln, Cirencester GL7 6DF - just off A419 (between Swindon and Cirencester). A clear, fresh water lake, which is used for swimming on a regular basis, as well as paddle board and canoe hire. There are changing and toilets on-site, hot catering provided and plenty of room for spectator viewing. 

When?

There will be two events held in 2022, the first on Saturday 18th June and the second on Saturday 10th September. Both events will have a 750m, 1.2 mile (1.9km) and 2.4 (3.8km) mile option. We have included a combo entry so you can take part in both events for as little as £40.00!​​

Event Information

Parking


Parking will be £3 on the day and be across two site locations for competitors and spectators. From Waterland gates, turn right, proceed to field and follow marshal instructions; PLEASE TRY TO SHARE CARS WHERE POSSIBLE.




Accomodation


The Devere Hotel is just 4 miles from venue, see details at www.devere.co.uk/cotswold-water-park-hotel or there is camping two miles 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 www.go-by-cycle.co.uk/camping.htm. Sorry No Dogs Allowed. Or visit local tourist info site at www.cirencester.co.uk/visitorinformationcentre




Wetsuit Hire


There are several Wetsuit Hire Companies available on the internet. Please contact us if you need any more help.




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 main park 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 main park barrier entrance or you will have to pay). Map Of Area is available here.




Individual and team prizes


Individual Prizes - Top three male and female - First place in male and female U16, U18, 40+, 50+, 60+ and 70+ Special team July Prizes July 1.2 mile Phil Millard Memorial Trophy. A truly incredible man, who inspired and coached generations of swimmers; including two Olympians in Jazz Carlin and Grant Turner. Phil sadly passed away in 2018 and we hope this trophy will act as a special reminder for a very special swim coach and more importantly a very special person. First team will be for the first three (male or female) from a team to cross the finish in the 1 mile event - cumulative positions will count, lowest score wins. July 2.4 mile Ferris team trophy. In honour of Lorraine and Kev Ferris, the founders of The Cotswold Big Swims, for their dedication and hard work to the sport of triathlon for over 20 years, we are proud to continue these wonderful events. First team will be for the first three (male or female) from a team to cross the finish in the 2 mile event - cumulative positions will count, lowest score wins. Special team September Prizes September 1.2 mile Glenys France Memorial Trophy. A true ambassador to swimming helping promote the sport from local county events to European and World Championships. The 'Glenys France Memorial Team Trophy' will be presented to the winning team in the One Mile event for the first five (male or female) from a team to cross the finish line - cumulative positions will count, lowest score wins. ​​​​




Results


All results will be available live as you finish and a link will be provided. There will be QR codes that you can scan to find your results on your smartphone.




Start time & Registration


The event will operate a rolling start. 750m at 08:00 1.2 mile event approx 08:05 2.4 mile event approx 08:10 These times will be dependent on numbers but each distance will follow on from the next one with a one minute break. Registration will be held at the swim start at the beach to the left of the main entrance 06:30 am to 07:45am. Sorry No registration after 07:45am. 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.




The course


The swim will take place in a clear gravel bottom lake over a multi-lap course which will be GPS measured, clearly marked and have a full safety crew. Wetsuits are strongly recommended for these events.​




What are the distances?


Cotswold Big Swim - 750m Open to anyone who can cover the distance, Ideal for those wanting an early season tester or taking their first step into open water swimming (minimum age 11 as at 31/12/22). Please note wetsuits are strongly recommended. Cotswold Big Swim - 1.2 mile (1.9km) Open to anyone who can cover the distance, Ideal for those wanting an early season tester or taking their first step into open water swimming (minimum age 14 as at 31/12/22). Please note wetsuits are strongly recommended. Cotswold Big Swim - 2.4 mile (3.8km) Open to anyone who can cover the distance (minimum age 16 as at 31/12/22). Anyone aged under 16 must be a regular club swimmer and their parents must sign a disclaimer/permission form on the morning of the event to confirm they can easily cover the distance. Please note wetsuits are strongly recommended.​​