A brand new mass participation open-water swimming event is set to launch in the East Midlands this summer. The popular Midlands Championships at Bosworth Water will now feature open races in the afternoon on 11 July, named the East Midlands Big Swim.
Swimmers in the East Midlands Big Swim will have the option to wear wetsuits and compete in 500m or 1000m distances. The event is specifically aimed at novices and inexperienced open water swimmers of all ages, and will feature the usual BBQ and festival atmosphere that swimmers enjoy each year at the Midland Open Championships.
The Championships will go ahead as usual in the morning, featuring Junior, Senior and Masters events. The aim is to entice parents and supporters to have a go themselves following the championship events. Swimmers will have access to wetsuit hire through event partners, Blueseventy, who will be offering 20% off the price of a wetsuit to entrants at www.blueseventy.com.
All competitors will receive a free t-shirt and finishers will receive a medal. East Midlands Regional Director, Roger Glithero said: "This is an opportunity to experience open water swimming in the heart of the midlands at one of the best open-water venues in the country.
"The water is relatively shallow, meaning it’s nice and warm. We’re offering people the option of wearing a wetsuit or whatever suitable swimwear they’d like to wear. One of the big benefits of Bosworth Water is that the lake is fairly small so you’re never too far from the sides. Spectators can walk right around the lake so it feels very friendly and safe.
"There are places for 500 people to take part and we will open the offer to local triathletes as well as swimmers and the general public. It promises to be a fantastic day!"
Entry is available through www.eastmidlandsbigswim.com. Use the promotional code ‘bosworth’ to access 20% off Blueseventy wetsuits.