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A classic in the Keswick Mountain Festival sporting line-up – our Derwent Island 1500m swim.
The 1500m open water swim will take you out and around Derwent Island under the shadow of Catbells and, if you take a moment to look, with views of Skiddaw and the Borrowdale valley.
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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.
It is possible that events and courses at KMF may need to be amended at short notice due to weather issues, water levels, road conditions or roadworks.
By nature, many of these factors are not possible to know well in advance. For each event there are a number of alternative options available which can be implemented at short notice. The organisers and race directors will always have athlete and spectator safety as the highest priority, and within that context will seek to provide the best possible experience.All sporting events would be impacted if the KMF Festival Village has to be closed. In this instance, as long as circumstances allow, all starts and finishes would be relocated to Lake Road and Lakeside Car Park and the events operated as smoothly as possible.
The prevailing wind direction is from the South West (i.e. along Derwentwater). There are options available to us to keep the event operating in high winds – keeping the swim in the lee of Derwant Isle, and starting and finishing from the beach adjacent to Keswick Launch. These would be exhausted before any cancellation decision.
Ultimately, we would consider cancelling the swim if the weather/water conditions are extreme, and there is a risk to participants safety. This also applies if the conditions are such that the water safety team are compromised in any way, and cannot provide assured safety cover to the event.
What is Bio Security?
Biosecurity means taking action in order to minimise the introduction or spread of invasive non-native species (INNS) 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 we love. The bio security at the Festival will involve just a little extra cooperation and organisation. 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 Race Process
You will ensure that all equipment to be taken into the water is clean and dry before you arrive on the race morning. At the end of your swim you will exit the lake and your time will finish.
On your way to the Finish Line you will pass the Bio Security Wash Area where our volunteers will hose you down to wash your wetsuit. You will then walk up to the Finish Line to collect your t-shirt.
Once you have changed, we ask that you wash your wetsuit at the Bio Security Wash Area to wash the inside of your wetsuit and all other equipment in the fresh water tubs provided to ensure that any debris from inside has been washed off. Please check your equipment for obvious vegetation or other aquatic life and remove anything found.
Compliance with this process is essential to ensure that we are able to pursue our sport in such beautiful surroundings. For more information on the issues please visit http://www.cfinns.scrt.co.uk/.
The Festival Village is located adjacent to The Theatre By The Lake close to Derwentwater.