RESULTS FROM RACE 1 NOW UP - CLICK HERE.
SFT AND TRIATHLON RACING INC, in partnership with DECATHLON, are pleased to announce the SwimFesT Series 2012 at Lakeside Shopping
Centre in Essex. After a successful 2010/2011 race series which saw an event by event increase in competitor numbers and following competitor
feedback, we are further expanding SwimFesT 2012 to include a 10K olympic distance race as part of the race programme on 15 July ONLY.
The SwimFesT Series will take place on Sundays 27 May, 15 July and 16 September 2012 in Alexandra Lake at Europe's largest shopping complex
and will offer a unique programme of races ranging from 750 metres to the new 10km to suit all abilities plus children’s taster races and fun
team relays. These swim races will provide the perfect opportunity for competitive swimmers and triathletes to test themselves in open water
with chip timing and lap split times on a GPS accurate course, and for NOVICE OR CASUAL SWIMMERS TO TRY THIS FAST EMERGING SPORT at a quality
event in a safe environment.
SwimFest race series is in memory of our dear friend and open water helper Lou Parker who sadly passed away on the 19th July 2010. We are
raising awareness for the Myfanwy Townsend awareness fund.
INFORMATION SHEET PLEASE EMAIL
|SWIMFEST 2012 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DECATHLON |
Alexandra Lake, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock, RM20 2AB
May 27th or July 15th or September 16th
MULTIPLE DISTANCE Open water Swim races
750m and 1.5k £22 entry fee, £25 (Cash payment only) on the day. 3.8k / 5k £25 entry fee, £28 (Cash payment only) on the day
10k £32 entry fee, £35 (Cash payment only) on the day
All event entries are online apart from children’s races and relays which are registration on the day only. Once you have an online entry account you can book open water swim courses at Lakeside to prepare for the big day. Please use this link: SwimFesT training. Alternatively come see us at Hyde Park or Upminster through out the summer
Online bookings: 7 days before race date.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A 3.5 HOUR CUT OFF TIME FOR THE 10K RACE, YOU WILL ALSO HAVE TO PROVE THAT A 3.8K OR 5K SWIM HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS OR YOU CAN COMPLETE THE 3.8K OR THE 5K RACE AT THE FIRST EVENT OF THE SWIMFEST SERIES ON THE 27TH MAY TO QUALIFY.
2.5 HOUR CUT OFF FOR THE 3.8KM and 5KM SWIM. THESE ARE MARATHON EVENTS AND SHOULD NOT BE APPROACHED LIGHTLY.
1 HOUR CUT OFF FOR THE 750m/1.5K SWIMS
Registration times: There are 2 registrations times depending on your wave.
7am FOR WAVE 1
7.45am FOR WAVE 2
WAVE 1 750m and 1.5k (11 years and over): Race start: 8:00
WAVE 1 10k (18 years and over) 8 laps of 1.25K: Race start: 8:00 (July 15th ONLY)
(PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A 3.5 HOUR TIME LIMIT ON 10k RACE)
WAVE 2: 3.8k and 5k (15 years and over): Race start: 9:00
(PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A 2.5 HOUR TIME LIMIT ON WAVE 2)
09.45am Prize giving/results for Wave 1
WAVE 3: CHILDREN'S RACES: 15TH JULY ONLY: RACE START 11.30AM
The children's races will be held on 15th July only and are FREE to enter, with REGISTRATION ON THE DAY. Boys and girls under 11 years of
age can enter. Children 11 – 14 years who are competent swimmers are able to enter the 750m or 1500m races.
Two race distances are available for Under 11’s – 25 metre sprint along the length of the pontoon and 100 metres as a single lap of the
pontoon, providing excellent safety cover and spectator viewing.
Prizes for the winning U/11 boy and girl.
WAVE 3: RELAY RACES: 27th MAY and 16th SEPTEMBER ONLY: RACE START 11.30AM
The relay races will be held on 27th May and 16th September only and are FREE for SwimFesT race participants to enter, with REGISTRATION ON THE DAY.
The relay consists of three swimmers, each completing a 100 metres lap of the pontoon, with the team made up of male or female members of any age.
Prizes for winning team.
11.45am Prize giving results.
Please download the information sheet at top of this page for full details and race course maps.
Clean water lake, tested all summer. Easy sighting of the large buoys.
Each swim race will be:
100% accurate 750m, 1.5km, 3.8k, 5km and 10km course
Use of large highly visible course marker buoys
Be attended by qualified life guard cover and rescue boat
First Aid Medics and Doctor in attendance
Kayak led waves
Wetsuits are not compulsory but are strongly recommended
Free Car parking in Lakeside Shopping Centre car parks - PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE DIVE CENTRE.
Secure changing area
FULL Medical Support.
Nutrition products available.
1st male and female prizes winners consisting of prizes and vouchers from Decathlon and our other sponsors etc
Age Group winners Male and Female
Male and female super vet (50 and over)
Male and female vet (40 and over)
Male and female 30 and over
Male and female 20 and over
Male and female under 20
Age as at 31st December 2012
Email sent to the email address provided to the online entry system
Each race is uniquely configured to start and finish in front of the 'Lakeside Boardwalk' providing great spectating opportunities, refreshments and seating at numerous cafes/restaurants and creating a fantastic atmosphere. Be inspired to race next year!
Please make sure you read and understand the event terms and conditions below.
Refunds - SFT OPEN WATER RACE
will offer a 50% refund if cancellation is
received via email 30 days prior to event.
No refund will be offered after this date but you will be offered the
option of transferring your booking to a future race in the SwimFesT
In the highly unlikely case that an event is cancelled at short notice
due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. extreme weather, Foot and Mouth
or similar) the event will be re-scheduled for the next available date
and all entry fees carried over to that date. If you are not able to
participate in this event, we will require 14 days notice post the
event being cancelled that you wish to carry the event over to another
Once an event has been transferred it can not be transferred twice.
With a 3.5 hour time limit on the 10K race, 2.5 hours on the 5k race,
and 1 hour on the shorter races, please make sure you can complete the
distance in this time.