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Open Water Swim in the heart of Rutland

Mini, 2km, 4km & 8km

The opportunity to swim across one of the countries most beautiful open water venues.  

SwimRutland is a mass participation open water swim event. We are open to all abilities, although you must be confident that you can complete the distance. If this is your first open water swim please don't hesitate to get in contact if you need advice. 

Event Details

SwimRutland: 16/08/2020

Whitwell - Normanton Rutland Water

Mini, 2km, 4km & 8km

Entry Fee includes: 

Finisher Medal, SwimRutland Bag, Swim Hat,

Electronic timing, Instant online results, Safety crew throughout the event, Full support of medical crews, Parking, Swim floats,

Transport for 2km swimmers to Normanton.

We cover safety throughout the event with Kayaks, powerboats and stand up paddle boarders. With Rutland medical solutions on hand to ensure your safety is our number one priority.  

 

Please note,

Swim floats must be used,  SwimRutland loan floats to competitors, This is now included within your entry fee.

If you have your own already, you may use it at our swim events, subject to checks.

Minimum age restrictions apply. Swimmers must be the following age on the day of the swim.

Mini 12yrs / 2km 16yrs / 4km 16yrs / 8km 18yrs

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To find out more about the fantastic work of the Sue Ryder Thorpe hall hospice. Or to find out how you can support them through your swim, please click on their logo to the right of this text to find out more.

Course Details

Our course takes you across the heart of Rutland Water, one of Europes largest man made Reservoirs

We have four distance options for all abilities. 

Mini

SwimRutland Mini Course Map

2km

SwimRutland 2km Course Map

4km

SwimRutland 4km Course Map

8km

SwimRutland 8km Course Map
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Our course spans one of Europes largest reservoirs. Rutland Water is one of the most iconic landmarks in the midlands. As well as being beautiful it is an incredible undertaking swimming across its width. Our course is 2km across with options to complete numerous passes up to 8km. We also have our mini course as a great beginner or junior option. 

Mini

Perfect for juniors or beginners. An amazing way to introduce everyone to the thrill of open water swimming. Our 500m course gives you the chance to enjoy the experience in a safe environment. You experience the same thrill, the same finish line, but you will have the chance to slowly build your confidence. The course is equivalent to 20 lengths in a standard swimming pool. We have a very simple out and back loop into the north arm of Rutland water. 250m out, around the red buoys, 250m back. £25 with 1 hour to complete your swim

2km

Conquer Rutland Water. Swim across the main body of Rutland water from Normanton church to Whitwell. The original SwimRutland distance. A fantastic boat trip on the Rutland Belle takes you to the start line on the south shore. Our 2km swimmers get a rolling start, so once you're on the south shore you can start swimming whenever you're ready. An incredible experience for all levels of open water swimmer. 

£38 with 1 hour 30 mins to complete your swim

4km

Double the Distance. Swimmers complete a loop from Whitwell to Normanton and back to Whitwell. An out and back swim across the iconic SwimRutland course. Start/Finish will be in front of registration on the windsurf beach. Our most popular distance, the 4km SwimRutland course is a fantastic course. You really experience the lake in all it's glory. £38 with 2 hours to complete your swim 

8km

This is a monster undertaking and includes two passes of the entire course. Only for experienced open water swimmers. You need to confidently complete the distance within the three hour cut off time. Intermediate cut off times apply. There are opportunities to exit the water at 2,4 and 6km points. Anyone not making 4km by 8am will exit at Whitwell and receive a 4km medal. (nothing to loose in giving the 8km a go) We will also have an intermediate cut off at the Normanton church turn buoy. £60 with 3 hours to complete your swim

Timetable 

Whitwell Site Open                              5:00am

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Registration Opens                             5:15am

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Registration Closed    8km                 6:15am

                                     4km                 6:45am

                                     2km                 6:45am

                                     Mini                  7:45am

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Rutland Belle trip 1 (2km only)            6:30am                        Times are approximate and may be

Rutland Belle trip 2 (2km only)            7:00am                        subject to change

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Whitwell bag drop open                       6:15am                        Mini, 4km, 8km

Whitwell bag drop closed                    7:50am

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Normanton bag drop open                  7:00am                        2km Bags will be transported to the finish line

Normanton bag drop closed               7:30am                       

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8km Swim Start                                 6:30am                           Mass start

 

4km Swim Start                                 7:00am                           Mass start

 

2km Swim Start                                 7:00am - 7:30am          Rolling start

 

Mini Swim Start                                 8:05am                           Mass start

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Swim cut off 2km, 4km, Mini            9:00am

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8km half way cut off                          8:00am                          You will receive a 4km medal

8km Normanton church cut off        8:45am                          You need to have finished 6km by this time.

8km Swim cut off                               9:30am                          Intermediate cut off times apply

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Prize giving                                         9:45am

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  • Please arrive in good time to register.

  • You must be registered, changed and ready to start at your designated start time. No late starts will be allowed.

  • Safety briefings will be conducted prior to the start of each swim wave. Briefings will be given at the swim entrance for each wave.

  • For 2km swimmers, Rutland Belle times are approximate and may be subject to change, please be ready to board the boat as soon as possible. 

  • 2km rolling start - your time begins when you cross the swim entrance mat.

  • Mass start - Your time begins when the gun goes off.  

  • 8km swimmers not turning at the 4km buoy by 8:00am will exit and be ranked in the 4km competition. 

  • 8km swimmers not turning around the Normanton church turn buoy by 8:45am will miss the cut off and their swim will end.

Times are all provisional, final times are published in your race guide and on the website two weeks prior to SwimRutland  

Enter SwimRutland

How to enter: 

Read the terms and conditions of entry, including race cancellation agreement. Follow the links to the SwimRutland entry system.

Select your distance

Agree to the terms and conditions and our refund and transfer policy

Inform us of any medical information that might be relevant.

Submit the relevant fee.

Follow us on social media for news, information and up dates.

Carefully read your race guide the week before the swim.

Submit any questions or queries to swimrutland@gmail.com

 

Pre Race procedure:

Carefully read the swim guide prior to the race

Please note the temperature ranges before entering the event. 

18.9c and under = wetsuit compulsory
19c and above = wetsuit optional in all distances
23c = Advisory Non-wetsuit for 2km
24c = Advisory Non-wetsuit for 4km & 8km
Mini swimmers will be offered guidance based on their ability and swim speed.

 

If the water temperature does not reach 19c, this will be a wetsuit compulsory event. Please consider this when entering. There will be no transfers or refunds made because of the wetsuit policy. 

 

The upper limit is discretional. We advise that you don't wear a wetsuit above these temperatures but acknowledge not everyone is here to swim as fast as possible and might require the extra warmth.


The policy has been agreed with the lake owners using industry best practice and our collective knowledge of the venue. Temperatures will be adhered to; no exceptions will be made. Unfortunately, we cannot make additional allowances for experience or preference. We appreciate your continued understanding.

Water temperature comfortably hit 20c in 2018 & 2019 and SwimRutland was therefore wetsuit optional

Wetsuits

Swim Floats

Swim floats are compulsory for this event 

They are designed to make you visible without impeding your natural swimming stroke.

We loan our swim floats for free to all competitors. No need to book, no need to make any arrangements.

They will be ready to collect on the morning of SwimRutland. 

We believe that they offer our swimmers the best possible safety during our event.  

How to Find Us

Rutland Water

Bull Brigg Lane

Whitwell

Rutland 

LE15 8BL

Sat Nav: Rutland Watersports, Bull Brigg lane, Whitwell LE15 8BL

 

The event takes place from the shore of Rutland Water in the Village of Whitwell, located on the North shore of Rutland Water between Barnsdale and Empingham.

Rutland water is scattered with facilities around its perimeter with Whitwell being its major hub for Watersports, Cycling and Climbing.

Getting to the site is easy and once you're there we have signposted the site to ensure a stress free visit. Just follow the SwimRutland signs to race registration. 

Parking at Whitwell is available on the left and right of the entrance road. Follow the road through the ticket barrier turning right at the mini roundabout, or continuing to a left turn at the end of the road.

There is more parking on the right hand side, but the event starts in the area to your left. 
At the end of the car park is the Harbour cafe. We are located behind this building on the shoreline. 

Walk to the back of the Harbour cafe and you cannot miss us. 

Important Stuff

Contact Us

Please note; we might be more difficult to contact

during race week.

Mark all urgent enquiries with URGENT SwimRutland 

in the title and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Results

Proudly Recommending Local Experts

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Need Swimming Advice?

No matter what your ability, we would happily recommend local experts inspire2tri for coaching and advise. inspire2tri have some world class facilities in their endless pools. They offer top notch coaching and technique analysis from the studio barn in Manton on the shore of Rutland Water alongside their regular open water swim sessions at Rutland water throughout the summer.

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Struggling with injury?

Mike and his team will be at the finish line offering complimentary massage to all finishers. 

Based just outside of Oakham in Rutland, Mike is available for sessions throughout the year. If you are struggling with an injury or just need some routine maintenance then we highly recommend his services. 

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SwimRutland 2km Rutland Belle trip

Swimmers making their way to the start line on the Rutland Belle