Entries are open for the John West Great East Swim, which will take place on Saturday 19 June at Alton Water in Suffolk. The popular open water event is set to return this summer after last year’s cancellation due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Organisers, The Great Run Company, have confirmed that the 2021 event will follow strict Covid-secure procedures, ensuring the safety of participants, spectators and Great Swim crew. This means the event will operate to a reduced capacity and on a slightly different timetable to previous years.
Event Director Colin Murphy said, “Although necessary, it was extremely disappointing not to be able to stage last year’s event, and we’re looking forward to seeing our swimmers back in the water this summer. With indoor swimming pools and training facilities now open, it’s the perfect time to sign up to the challenge.
“We’re confident that based on the government’s road map out of lockdown, the progress made with the national vaccination programme and all the work we have been doing behind the scenes, we will be able to stage a Covid Secure event in June.
“We know there are so many people out there who can’t wait to take part in a proper sporting event again, and so many national and local charities who will benefit from a return to fundraising.
“We hope this year’s Great East Swim will be an important beacon on the road to recovery for Suffolk.”
All distances are still available, meaning the event is suitable for all ages and abilities. Starting from Swim 250 for anyone over the age of eight, through to the half mile, one mile, two mile, 5k and all the way up to the 10k “marathon” course.
The event will see the return of the popular event village, complete with farmers’ market, exhibitor stands and charity stalls welcoming back fundraisers.
Stuart Keeble, Suffolk County Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the Great East Swim in Suffolk. After its cancellation last year, it is fantastic to have it back on the calendar for this year.
“It will be one of the first mass participation sporting events to take place in Suffolk since the pandemic, and I have no doubt there will be many who cannot wait to get involved and feel the health and wellbeing benefits that physical activity brings. We’ll be supporting the event to go ahead safely within COVID restrictions.”
For more information or to enter this year’s John West Great East Swim please visit greatswim.org/great-east-swim.