To reassure you, we have experience and are planning (again) for a “Covid secure” event in 2022 if needed. In 2020 and 2021 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 2022, 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.
During 2020 and 2021, we followed SH2OUT guidance (a partnership between Swim England, Royal Life Saving Society UK, and British Triathlon – details here) and worked closely with South West Lakes Trust at Wimbleball Lake, and our safety providers. As the pandemic continues to evolve, and we await further guidance for 2022, we are planning for a mass start for those who wish to participate in a competitive format. However, following really positive feedback, we will continue to offer a non-competitive “time-trial” format event for those taking part in the 4km, 2km and 1km swims. The 1km swim will only be in time-trial format, but with medals for fastest in each age and gender category (including for “skins”). Whilst the 2km and 4km swims will have an optional “time-trial” start, medals will only be available for those taking part in the 2km and 4km “mass-starts”.
Briefing and race packs
We will provide more details closer to the event, but with many successful features added to the recent COVID-secure events, we may continue those, e.g. online briefing and self-service bag-drop etc.
What will happen if the 2022 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 2023 event (date TBC). If you cannot make the 2023 date, your place will deferred to 2024 (date TBC).
How long is the swim?
1km, 2km, 4km and 6km “elite”
How much does it cost to enter?
Same as 2020 prices:
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 25 September 2022
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 09:00.
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?
The 6km and 4km swimmers will be able to leave drinks for “self-service” collection after each loop of the 2km course – you will need to number your bottles.
Hot drinks and snacks will not be provided 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.
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 2022 to take part. Swimmers under 18 need written permission from a parent or guardian.
It is possible for swimmers aged 12 to 16 to participate, but they must provide details of open water experience of swimming distance and temperature, and be accompanied on the site at all times. Please contact email@example.com for details.
What is the age limit for volunteers?
You need to be 16 by 31st December 2022. 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?
Each swimmer will receive a participation medal – which is also a handy bottle opener and fridge magnet.
There will be separate gold, silver and bronze 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+)
If you are placed on the podium – as confirmed by a results print out from the timing company – you will need to collect your medal on the day from Race HQ. Medals can be sent out afterwards, but you will need to pay postage and packaging.
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!
Are you up for the challenge? or share with someone who you think could take the 2022 title!
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 completes three loops of the 2km 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
1km swimmers will be taking part in a non-competitive “time-trial” format. You will be given up to an hour from the first starter to complete the course. If you are making good progress and the safety cover are confident you will complete the course you will be allowed – and encouraged all the way – to continue!
Can I swap my swim distance?
Yes, but only if you submit your request at least one month prior to the event. If you are taking part in the 6km or 4km you can stop after 2 or 1 loops and be given the time for the shorter distance, but will not be eligible for medals/prizes.
In the event of changing to 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/1km 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. To swim “skins” you must be at least 18 years old on the day of the swim – unfortunately, no exceptions. You can apply to compete without a wetsuit or swim “skins”, please tick the appropriate box when entering. You will receive a link to a non-wetsuit participant application form on your confirmation email.
A minimum of 3 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 16.0C – but it has been as low as 14.5C.
Do I need to fill in a non-wetsuit form?
If you do not wish to swim in a full wetsuit, i.e. sleeveless, shorty or skins, then you do have to complete a non-wetsuit participation form. A link to this form is available from your registration confirmation email and can also be accessed via the following link
Are there a cut-off times for the different distances?
For the 4km, 2km and 1km, 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 but you will be given the time for the 2km loop.
When will I receive my results?
Covid-19 restrictions allowing, you will be able to print out your time and results as you finish the race this year. They will also be available on line immediately after the event (as soon as we have access to a wifi signal to upload them!).
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 Twin Moors Ltd event within 1 year if an event is taking place. 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 Twin Moors Ltd events are organised you will not receive a refund after deferral.
Where an event is cancelled or curtailed at short notice because of adverse weather, pollution or other factors outside of our reasonable control, We shall not be liable to make any refund or pay any compensation. We recommend you consider taking out appropriate travel insurance to protect yourself against such eventualities. Please note: this is different to cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Government, for this please see the top of this page and the specific reference in Para 5.9.1 in the terms and conditions.
Yes. You can buy race merchandise during online entry for the event and via our shop. This will be available to collect on race day only. A limited amount of merchandise will be available to purchase on the day.
Will there be food and drink on site?
Yes – there will be a catering stall available lakeside (details to be circulated in advance) and the cafe near the main car park will also be serving food and drink.
Are there showers?
Yes – assuming Covid-19 restrictions allow their use.
Are there toilets?
Yes – there are portaloo toilets available by the start/finish area and toilet blocks by the car park and activity centre.
Is there car parking available?
Yes. All day parking is available for competitors and spectators near the Cafe. Parking is FREE for competitors, but please share cars where possible.
Can I raise money for charity?
Yes. You can raise money for any charity and we would love to hear about your fundraising exploits. If you would like to raise money for one of our partner charities, then you can use the links below or contact us for details of their fundraising pages:
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