A classic in the Keswick Mountain Festival sporting line-up, the1500m open water swim will take you out and around Derwent Island in a clockwise direction and then back in towards Crow Park. The beauty of Derwentwater and its surrounding views of Catbells, Skiddaw and the Borrowdale Valley will make this swim a memorable experience for all participants. A deep-water start will take you across to the shores of Derwent Isle, before swimming clockwise alongside its shores overlooked by the historic Island. Finish under the gantry back at the Festival base with an excited crowd ready to cheer you home. Please note: water temp for this event will be between 11oC - 14oC and you should prepare yourself accordingly. We recommend pre-event training in the water. Gloves and socks are permitted. Read acclimatising to cold water article by The Outdoor Swimming Society.
Bio Security - Ditch The Hitchers
What is Bio Security? - Biosecurity means taking action in order to minimise the introduction or spread of invasive non-native species and diseases.
Why should we worry? -The freshwater resources of Cumbria – its many tarns, lakes, rivers and becks – are of great ecological and economic significance. We love spending time in and on them so protecting them is something we all need to take responsibility for. Freshwater INNS are able to ‘hitchhike’ on our equipment, footwear, clothing and boats. When we move to a new river, tarn or lake, a species may be transferred and may become established, often having devastating effects.
What can we do to help? - as keen outdoor and sports enthusiasts - we all need to help protect the landscapes that we love. The bio security at the festival will involve just a little extra cooperation and organisation by you. You will be required to ensure that your wetsuit is clean and dry before you arrive and that it is cleaned before you leave. The purpose of this is to do our bit to try and stop the spread of invasive aquatic species.
The process at the race will be:
You will ensure that all equipment to be taken into the water is clean and dry before you arrive on the race morning.
After the race and before removing anything else from the transition area, go to the washing point with your wetsuit, goggles, swim cap etcetera and your race number.
Check your equipment for obvious vegetation or other aquatic life and remove anything found.
Wash all above mentioned equipment in the fresh water and tubs provided.
Once done to their satisfaction, a steward will mark your race number to indicate that your equipment has been cleaned.
When you later leave the transition area with all of your other equipment sow your appropriately marked race number to the transition exit steward who will check it against your bike number tag in the normal way .
Compliance with this process is essential to ensure that we are able to pursue our sport in such beautiful surroundings.
FREE photograph, electronic chip timing, KMF swim hat, event t-shirt,FREE portion of MOMA Porridge and 1 FREE concert ticket!
What’s great about this event?
Spectacular location in Keswick Derwent Island house was built by Joseph Pocklington in the 18th century, something of an eccentric; he also built a chapel and a small fort on the Island A great distance for athletes of any ability, Early season timing to prepare for longer distance events, Starting and finishing in Crow Park creates a supportive atmosphere
DATES, TIMES & BOOKING
The Festival Village is located adjacent to The Theatre By The Lake close to Derwentwater.