2km and 4km are the same price: early bird price: £37 + Free Parking; regular price £40 (+£2 parking per car)
6km: early bird price: £55 + Free Parking; regular price £60 (+£2 parking per car)
What date is the event?
Sunday 30 September 2018
What is the Address?
Wimbleball Lake, Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Somerset. TA22 9NU
What time is registration?
Registration will open 90 minutes before the start of the first event.
Participants will also be able to register the night before, by The Duck Cafe, between 17:00 and 19:00.
What time is the event briefing?
There will be an event briefing for each distance approx. 10 minutes before the start time of that distance (6km and 2km together, and then 4km)
What time does the event start?
The provisional start time for the 6km “elite” wave is 09:00. The 2km swim will follow directly after the 6km, with the 4km starting after the 6km swimmers have completed their first 2km lap (c. 10:00 with a briefing at 09:50).
Will there be drink stations on the lake?
No, but a hot drink and a snack is waiting for you at the finish line. The 6km “elite” will have access to water after the first loop of the 2km course.
What is the age limit for participants?
You need to be 17 by 31st December 2018. Swimmers under 18 need written permission from a parent or guardian.
What is the age limit for volunteers?
You need to be 16 by 31st December. Volunteers under 18 will need written permission from a parent or guardian.
When will I receive my event information pack?
2 weeks before the event
Are there timing chips?
How experienced do I need to be?
The event is aimed at giving all people the opportunity to swim outdoors in a stunning location. To take part in the 2km or 4km you need to be a competent swimmer and at least be able to swim 1-mile in a swimming pool (64 lengths) in under 45 minutes. However, please ensure that you get experience of swimming in open water, are confident in achieving the distance and are comfortable in your wetsuit prior to taking part.
For those with more experience, who would like to swim at a faster pace, and would like to swim a longer distance, we are introducing an “Elite” 6km course for 2018! The 6km course will start first and combine both the 2km and 4km courses. Specific safety cover will be in place on a completely clear course. To take part you should be able to swim 1-mile in a swimming pool in under 28 minutes. There will be separate medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for males and females, with prizes for the winners.
Can I swap my swim distance from the 4km to the 2km, or vice versa?
Yes, but only if you submit your request at least two weeks prior to the event.
Can I swap my swim distance from the 6km to the 4km/2km, or vice versa?
Yes, but only if you submit your request at least one month prior to the event. In the event of choosing the 6km “elite” distance you will have to pay the difference in entry cost as well as confirm you meet the qualifying criteria of swimming 1-mile in a pool in under 28 minutes. If you swap from the 6km to the 4km/2km you will only get a refund of the difference if you submit your request more than one month from the event.
Can I swim without a wetsuit?
Yes, you can apply to compete without a wetsuit or swim “skins”, please tick the appropriate box when entering to receive a non-wetsuit participant application form. A minimum of 6 weeks before the event we will ask you to have submitted the form, which will provide us with enough information on your stated abilities, experience (both swim distance and water temperature) and current training to grant or refuse your application. In the event that we refuse your application, you will be offered a full refund (if you wish). If conditions are deemed to be extreme on the day, then we may prevent you taking part without a wetsuit. Under these circumstances you will be offered a full refund, unless you choose to compete with a wetsuit. For information, the water temperature last year was 16.1c.
Are there a cut-off times for the different distances?
For the 4km and 2km, if you are making good progress and are not struggling, e.g. suffering from the cold, then we will accompany you to the finish, or move you along the course if necessary.
To reduce time spent in the water – as well as to avoid conflict with 2km and 4km swimmers – you need to complete the first 2km in under 45 minutes. If you do not meet this cut-off time unfortunately you will not be allowed to continue. In this case no refunds will be given.
When will I receive my results?
You will receive a print out of results as you finish the race. Otherwise they will be available on line after race day.
What is the cancellation policy?
Entries are transferable between competitors up to 2 months before the event but must be confirmed with the Exmoor Open Water Swim organisers (for insurance reasons). We understand the frustration of injuries and therefore if you become unable to take part in the event for any reason your entry fees may be credited for use on a future Croyde Ocean event within 1 year. This must be notified to us at least 30 days prior to the race date. After that no credits or refunds will be permitted. If no Croyde Ocean events are organised you will not receive a refund after deferral.
Can I buy race merchandise?
Yes. You can buy race merchandise during online entry for the event. This will be available to collect at registration the night before and next to registration on race day. No merchandise will be available to purchase on the day.
Will there be food and drink on site?
Are there showers?
Are there toilets?
Is there car parking available?
Yes. All day parking is available for competitors at a reduced rate of £2 payable in advance at the time of entry.