The Inaugural Jubilee Swim
A 10km long distance swim taking in the whole length of the Jubilee River, starting near Maidenhead and finishing adjacent to the Thames Valley Athletics Centre in Eton. You can cover the 10km as an individual, or as part of a relay team of 4. For the teams; the legs are of varying distances, so it’s perfect for a mixture of abilities.
The Jubilee Swim is intended to be fun but a tough challenge; we want you to relax and enjoy it. With which, we’ll be setting you off in ‘sportive’ style, in 3 groups so you’ll be swimming with people of similar ability and together as a team you’ll make your way along the river. This isn’t a race; so swimming in a group is safer and more enjoyable, although you’ll be ‘cut loose’ in the last section of the swim to do your own thing to the finish.
The Jubilee River is a flood relief river, opened in 2002, and is a superb recreational venue too. Along its length you’ll find much flourishing wildlife as it has two nature conservation areas, and the well surfaced ‘towpath’ is part of a national cycle network. This makes the swim a dream for spectators as they can walk, run or cycle the whole course just yards away from the action!
With the kind permission of the Environment Agency, we are the first ever people to be allowed to use the Jubilee River for a sports event, are we’re very lucky. Surrounded by often used sporting venues the Jubilee River remains untouched and the Jubilee Swim provides an absolutely unique opportunity for all swimming enthusiasts. You will literally be the first swimmers to break this water through this beautiful scenery.
The whole course is 10km, and is naturally split into 4 sections. There are 3 weirs along the river so you’ll leave the water a safe distance before each weir, travel on foot a short distance before re-entering the water a safe distance beyond the weir each time. These points mark the relay change-overs for our team swimmers.
The swim starts near the footbridge close to Mill Lane at the Boulters Lock & Maidenhead end of the Jubilee River, and passes through Dorney and Eton Wick before finishing next to the Thames Valley Athletics Centre on Pococks Lane in Eton.
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Open Water swimming is not without its dangers, and obviously it involves a great deal more risk than a swimming pool with lifeguards.
Your safety is our top priority and we want you to be safe and to feel safe at all times, we have therefore put into place all possible measures to make sure this is the case. However, we want you to be very clear about the potential risks that swimming in a river can bring, and we want to give you all of the relevant information that allows you to make an informed decision to participate in the Jubilee Swim event.
The water temperature for June 5th is likely to be in the region of 15-17 degrees; a touch chilly perhaps, but certainly not cold. There are certain dangers you should be aware of when swimming in a river, be it the Thames or the Jubilee River.
Obviously we will be assessing the quality of the water nearer the time of the Jubilee Swim for its suitability of use, but rest assured that all previous investigations show that the quality is at least as good as the Thames if not better. The Jubilee River is perfectly safe to swim in, but drinking water it is not! It is also recommended that cuts and broken skin are covered before entering the water [Petroleum Jelly]. According to research completed by the Outdoor Swimming Society, rivers in the UK are cleaner than they’ve been for 150 years.
You will be escorted along the Jubilee River by our teams of canoeists, kindly supporting us from a local club. You will never be out of sight of our canoeists and our event marshals along the riverbank; ample medical backup will also be provided on-site. If you find yourself in trouble whilst swimming, simply roll onto your back and raise your arm in the air to attract the attention of a canoe or land based marshal.
The Jubilee Swim isn't a wetsuit compulsory event, although we would very strongly recommend you use a wetsuit. If you're not intending to swim in a wetsuit, the organisers would be grateful if you'd contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org with re-assurance of your swim experience and ability.
A full swim briefing will be given before any swimmer is allowed to enter the water.
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The Jubilee Swim Car Park will be in the Overflow Parking area of Thames Valley Athletics Centre. Found HERE.
Transportation can be provided for spectators from the Thames Valley Athletics Centre to the Start and to the checkpoints as the swimmers are dropped off. Once a spectator has got off the coaches they must get themselves back to TVAC – they will need to be happy to walk the 10k along the river. It is flat and on a good surface, and should be very achievable. The cost of transportation for spectators is £5, and this will be added, where required, to the cost when a swimmer enters.
Your Entry Fee covers all safety aspects of an open water event, transportation from TVAC to your swim start, event insurance, your race medal, sports nutrition on route, and the use of the beautiful Jubilee River.
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The first group of swimmers will start at 10am, with group 2 setting off at 10:05am and group 3 at 10:10am.
Registration on the morning will take place at Swim HQ on the waterside at Thames Valley Athletics Centre between 8.30am & 9am. Race Packs will include your swim cap.
Every individual swimmer and leg 1 swimmers from a relay teams will be coached to the start area. There is no parking at the start, so please do not drive yourself there or encourage spectators to park there. Further advice for spectators access to the route and suggested car parking areas will come in due course.
For the other relay swimmers, you will have the option of being driven to your start areas, however we cannot collect ANY relay swimmer AFTER their swim leg. You will need to make your own arrangements for collection.
Basic rations, i.e. Bananas & water etc will be available at all checkpoints along the route.
Safety kayaks will be escorting each group at the front and rear, and our medical back up with have immediate access to the river at all times too.
All swimmers will receive a kit bag at registration with their swim number on it; this should be used if you require anything to be transported back to Swim HQ from your start area.
Every Swimmer will receive a finishers medal
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(all swimmers must register at once)
Leg One Team Swimmer: You’ll swim 1.9km, and your route is HERE
Leg Two Team Swimmer: You’ll swim 3.5km, and your route is HERE
Leg Three Team Swimmer: You’ll swim 2.6km and your route is HERE
Leg Four Team Swimmer: You’ll swim 1.5km and your route is HERE