Taking place along the iconic shores of Lake Windermere and attracting around 10,000 participants, the Great North Swim is Europe’s biggest open water swimming event. Over the course of three days, the Great North Swim annually attracts thousands of swimmers of all abilities. Providing an array of health and well-being benefits it is not surprising that more people than ever are taking the outdoor plunge.
The first Great North Swim took place in 2008 and attracted 2,200 participants. Back then, jumping into a freezing cold lake during the British Summer (let alone winter), was far less fashionable than it is today.
Since then, popularity around outdoor events such as mud runs and triathlons have gathered pace and the idea of outdoor swimming is just as much for the novice athlete as it is for the accomplished swimmer.
Starting on the 10th June, participants of all abilities will take the plunge in stunning Windermere. Participants can choose from a range of distances, including a 10k course; a new addition for 2016.
Swimming is one of the best all-round cardiovascular exercises, as it uses (and tones) all the main muscle groups simultaneously. The average swimmer can expect to burn approximately 240 calories for every 30 minutes of moderate swimming.
When you add in the outdoor elements, swimmers can expect to enjoy a feast of benefits including improved well-being, reduction in stress and an increase in endorphins – the outdoor swimmer ‘high’.
But isn’t it dangerous? No, not if you know where you’re going, what to expect and are wearing the appropriate gear. The website www.wildswim.com is a great resource; listing places near you recommended for open water swimming and notes advice from local swimmers.
If you fancy swapping the warm waters of the indoor pool for the al fresco delights of open water swimming, then click here for more information on the Great North Swim.
Don’t forget to pack your Hatchbag boot liner to protect your boot from those water logged wetsuits. For more information about our range of boot liners be sure to check out our full product range here.