Great North Swim
We're thrilled to be the official charity partner of the Great Swim Series!
The Great Swim Series has provided thousands of swimmers with exhilarating safe open water swimming events for over 10 years.
Returning in June to Windermere in the Lake District, the Great North Swim offers a range of distances – from the family-friendly to the Olympic-level – so there really is an event for everyone!
Hosted over a weekend at the stunning Brockhole on Windermere, the Great North Swim has distances to suit all levels and abilities – from 1/2 mile to 10km.
Ditch the roads and the pool – and instead, limber up and embrace a unique 12.6km off-road, open-water adventure!
Registration fees and sponsorship
The registration fee and minimum sponsorship depends on the event and distance you choose to take on.
- ½ mile - registration: £25, minimum sponsorship: £120
- 1 mile - registration: £35, minimum sponsorship: £175
- 2 miles - registration: £45, minimum sponsorship: £250
- 5k - registration: £50, minimum sponsorship: £325
- 10k - registration: £75, minimum sponsorship: £450
How we'll help
To help support all our swimmers in the lead up to race day we’ve teamed up with training company RunningWithUs to provide you with a special training package. As a member of our team you’ll receive:
- Training and physio guidance from expert coaches
- Email helpline – ask a coach or physio your training, race, nutrition or injury questions
- Twitter and Facebook ask-the-coach services
We also provide a fundraising pack to help you meet your targets, fundraising and event resources like balloons, collecting tins and banners (upon request) and regular newsletters with support and advice from our dedicated WaterAid events team.
If you have a question or would like to chat about joining Team WaterAid please get in touch.
Congratulations on securing your own place – we'd love to have you on board!
To join Team WaterAid you can either pop us an email at [email protected] to let us know you’d like to join our team, or you can set up an online fundraising page on Enthuse using the relevant link above or via JustGiving. They'll tell us you’re fundraising for WaterAid, and we’ll get in touch to say thank you and send you a fundraising pack.
We're really sorry to hear that – please contact our events team at [email protected] to let us know you won’t be taking part.
If you’ve bought a WaterAid charity place in an event, we'll ask you to reach a minimum fundraising target. This will cover the cost of the event place and administration fees that WaterAid have to pay, and help provide much needed support to some of the world’s poorest communities.
If you're concerned you won’t reach your fundraising target, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We're on hand to help you out with tips and ideas that will help you reach your target and we may be able to extend your deadline, so that you have that little bit longer to fundraise.
Our friends over at Swim Outdoors have loads of useful tips and advice on swimming outdoors, such as finding suitable swimming spots, and how to keep safe when swimming outdoors.
You’ve come to the right place! Check out some great fundraising ideas and inspirational stories.
Once you’ve registered for an event, we’ll also send you a fundraising guide as part of your welcome pack. This has lots of great fundraising tips to get you off to a flying start.
If you've raised money on JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving, your job is done! All the online donations made to your fundraising page are automatically transferred over to WaterAid and allocated to your total.
If you've raised money offline, you can pay your money in online, or send in your fundraising by making a bank transfer, sending us a cheque, or paying in your money over the phone.
Pay in your fundraising online
If you’re making a bank transfer please use the following details:
WaterAid Current Account
Barclays Bank PLC
Sort code: 20-65-82
Account number: 20422746
If you’re sending in a cheque, please make it payable to WaterAid and send it to:
20 Canada Square
Please also fill in a donation form with your name and details of your fundraising, and send it in to us. Otherwise we won’t know that the money is from you, and we won’t be able to thank you for your fundraising!
If you want to pay your money in over the phone, give us a call on 020 7793 4594.
Have a question about the Great Swim Series event you've signed up to? Contact Bob in our Events team and he’ll be happy to help.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 020 7793 4594
You can also join the WaterAid Events Facebook group to get answers to any questions you may have.