This event is a celebration of mid-summer. It provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at what we believe is the most beautiful time of the day, dawn. A key feature of the event is that you arrive in darkness and walk the 1/4 of a mile to the start into the sunrise, led by the torch carrier.
All categories (except traditional are wetsuit). This does not mean you have to wear a wetsuit, it means you are allowed to. For instance if you want to race the junior category without a wetsuit. You may do this. You may be at a performance disadvantage, however, as much of your opposition are likely to be wearing wetsuits.
2016 Elites (by application only)
Men and women will swim together in the Performance Wave. Open Category is our standard category, for wetsuit swimmers between the ages of 18–44. (You can still enter open regardless of your age, but we do have separate Masters Categories for age groups 45 and above). If you wish to race against the elites and expect to finish the race in 34 minutes or less, remember to opt-in for the Performance Wave during the registration process.
Traditional – Men & Women (swimsuits only – non-wetsuit category). Standard swimming costumes, trunks (not jammers) for men, and costumes for women. The leg on all trunks and costumes must not go below the line of the crutch. (See rules here Traditional Category Rules).
Masters 45-54 – Men & Women (age on the day of the race) – wetsuits optional
Masters 55 and above – Men & Women (age on the day of the race) – wetsuits optional
Junior – Men & Women aged 14 to 17 (on the day of the race) – wetsuits optional
Sporting – A single (non-competitive) category for both Men & Women – wetsuits optional
Teams – There is one team competition. A team can be made up of any combination of male or female swimmers – Junior, Masters, Traditional, Open (but not elite) and any number and the four fastest times will qualify for the competition.
Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Match – For the third year, we will be hosting the annual open water swim varsity match for both current and alumni members.
Mob Match–2016 will see the second Varsity mob match. If you attended Oxford or Cambridge universities, just select the option during registration and your time will be taken into account when calculating the results.
Toilets and changing facilities will be provided
Hot & cold drinks & snacks will be available at the main event area.
DryRobes and Real Swimbags.