To reassure you, we have experience and are planning (again) for a “Covid secure” event in 2021 if needed. In 2020 we were one of the few open water swimming events that took place! We developed a Covid-secure” risk assessment and event management plan to meet the latest guidance in line with advice from government and public health officials. Whilst we would love to hold a “normal” event in 2021, if restrictions are still in place, we are fortunate that the venue at Wimbleball Lake has a lot of available space and therefore social distancing requirements can be accommodated in our plans.
At the moment, we are following SH2OUT guidance (a partnership between Swim England, Royal Life Saving Society UK, and British Triathlon – details here) and working closely with South West Lakes Trust at Wimbleball Lake, and our safety providers. Until confirmed otherwise, the event is only likely to be a non-competitive “time-trial” format event, without a mass start, but with medals for fastest in each age and gender category (including for “skins”).
Briefing and race packs
We will provide more details closer to the event, but with many successful features added to the 2020 event, we may continue those, e.g. online briefing and self-service bag-drop etc.
What will happen if the 2021 event is cancelled?
Whilst we hope that the event will take place in September, the situation is constantly evolving and we will reassess regularly – updating our risk assessment accordingly whilst in discussion with British Triathlon and other guidance bodies. If the event has to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 we will offer a refund (must be requested within 14 days of notification), otherwise we will transfer all places to the 2022 event (date TBC). If you cannot make the 2022 date, your place will deferred to 2023 (date TBC).
How long is the swim?
1km, 2km, 4km and 6km “elite”
How much does it cost to enter?
Same as 2020 prices:
New 1km: £29 – this includes FREE parking
2km and 4km are the same price: early bird price: £39 (£42 standard entry) – this includes FREE parking
6km: early bird price: £55 (£60 standard entry) – this includes FREE parking
What date is the event?
Sunday 26 September 2021
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 (6km).
Provisional start time of 09:30.
What time is the event briefing?
This will be confirmed nearer the event, but this is likely to be online (and recorded) the week before the event.
What time does the event start?
The provisional start time for the 6km “elite” wave is 09:30. The 4km swim will follow directly after the 6km, with the 2km starting after this. The 1km swimmers will start shortly after the last 2km swimmer has started (provisionally this will be around 11:00).
Will there be drink stations on the lake?
No. Under current restrictions, we will not be able to provide a hot drink and snack after the finish. We recommend you bring food and a hot flask with you for collection in the self-service bag drop after the finish line. The 6km and 4km swimmers will be able to leave drinks for “self-service” collection after each loop of the 2km course.
There will be drinks and food for sale around the event village.
What is the age limit for participants?
You need to be 17 by 31st December 2021. Swimmers under 18 need written permission from a parent or guardian. Please contact email@example.com for details.
What is the age limit for volunteers?
You need to be 16 by 31st December 2021. 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 (this will be an online pack). Timing chips, swim hat etc. will be collected on the day.
Are there timing chips?
Are there prizes?
There will be separate medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for males and females for each distance and age group, with prizes for the overall winners for wetsuit and non-wetsuit “skins” swimmers.
Age groups are:
Juniors (under 16s)
Super Veteran (50+)
Super Vintage (70+)
An plastic-free event “prize” will be offered to all participants on the day.
Who will be King and Queen of The Moors?
For 2019 we introduced an extra challenge for those wanting to compete at the longest distances at both Dartmoor and Exmoor. Now that we only have the Exmoor Swim, we will crown the oldest participants taking part the Queen of The Moors or King of The Moors! Plus there will be titles of Ice King and Ice Queen for those swimming “skins” of course!
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 introduced an “Elite” 6km course in 2018! The 6km course starts first and combines 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 (this is for safety reasons). There will be separate medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for males and females, with prizes for the winners.
For “skins” swimmers who would like to swim the 6km course but would not meet the 28 minutes per mile pace, please contact us via