15 March 2021

Dive into our Open Water Swim

We're launching a brand new challenge event this spring - our first-ever open water swim takes place at Merchant Taylors’ Lake in Moor Park, Northwood, on Saturday 15 May.

Set in the stunning grounds of Merchant Taylors’ School, the beautiful fresh water lake is an ideal venue for beginners and experienced open water swimmers alike. You can choose between three different challenges: an untimed 400 metre family swim perfect for adults and children; a 400 metre timed distance that could suit intermediate level swimmers and a 1,500 metre challenge for open water enthusiasts.

Managed by Active Training World, who host swim training and leisure swim sessions at Merchant Taylors’ Lake – as well as mass participation events here and all over the UK – the lake provides the perfect backdrop from which to enjoy the buzz of open water swimming in a safe, secure environment – all while raising funds for local hospice care.

Emily Elvin, our Senior Challenge & Events Fundraiser, explains: “We’d love to have 200 people taking part - it would be amazing to have that many people at our debut swim event. And if everyone taking part raised £57 in sponsorship – enough to fund a two-hour nursing visit to a patient’s home – we could help hundreds of families facing life-limiting illness.”

Very few charities host their own open water swim events, with most opting to take charity places in larger events such as Swim Serpentine and the Great North Swim. This is a unique opportunity to do something different and exciting on your doorstep, while directly supporting a local charity.

Entry to any one of the three events costs £28.50, with a £35 ‘dual ticket’ available for a child accompanied by an adult. Changing facilities and toilets will be available – but please arrive ready to swim. Your entry fee includes a swim hat and refreshments to help you back on you. Swim hats are mandatory for safety reasons – wet suits recommended. Find out more and sign up now on our web page or call 01442 820731.