ABERDOVEY SWIM FESTIVAL ~ 1.5km, 4km or 6km ~

09 Sep 17 - 10 Sep 17

Aberdovey Swim Festival - Estuary swimming at it's finest

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September, 2017

Aberdovey, Gwynedd, Wales

Join us for some beautiful tidal estuary swimming at the picturesque village of Aberdovey at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park whilst raising money for local charities. Want more? Join us on Sunday for an Introduction to SWIMRUN.

Be the first to experience this unique wild swimming event.

Swim Distances & Entry Cost (+5% entrycentral processing)

  • THE CLASSIC 1.5km - EARLY BIRD £14 until 1st July then £18

  • BEAT THE TIDE 4km - EARLY BIRD £22 until 1st July then £26

  • ESCAPE TO ABERDOVEY 6km - SOLD OUT

  • SUNDAY Introduction to SWIMRUN - £20

For detailed event information please visit aberdoveyswim.co.uk & for swimrun info visit WESWIMRUN.org

Water temperature

Going on average water temperatures for the beginning of September over the last few years, expect the water temperature in the estuary to be between 14°C or 15°C. The temperature in the estuary can vary depending on the amount of rainfall and sunshine leading up to the event, wind can also play a part. We will keep you updated on the water temperature in the run up to the event.

WETSUIT or SKINS (skins swimmers will need previous experience of similar time in similar water temperatures)

Planned schedule for the day

  • 08:00  Registration opens
  • 09:40  Registration closes
  • 09:50  Race Briefing FOR ALL SWIMS
  • 10:20  Escape to Aberdovey 6k swimmers ready to board the Outward Bound boat
  • 10:30  Beat The Tide 4k swimmers ready to start swim
  • 10:40  The Classic swimmers ready to start swim
  • 11:00  Escape to Aberdovey in situ ready to "jump ship"


​It is expected that The Classic swimmers will take around 30 minutes, the Beat The Tide swimmers will take around 90 minutes, and the Escape To Aberdovey swimmers will take around 2 hours.

PLEASE NOTE - the actual start times will be decided on the day based on conditions.

 

SUNDAY 10th September - Introduction to SWIMRUN

Entered your first swimrun race? Unsure about swimrun gear? Or just curious about this fabulous and unique race format? Then come along to this swimrun workshop, get hands on with swimrun gear and experiment with it in a safe and supportive environment. It's a great way to meet some other like minded people and potentially meet a future race / training partner.

Any questions? email  

Event Partner

We are super excited to have HEAD Swimming on board as our event sponsors. They will be supplying the top 3 of each swim with a prize. 

REFUNDS

If you cancel 2 months prior to the event you will get a full refund, thereafter there are no refunds.

ESCAPE TO ABERDOVEY 6km

This is more than a special swim, it is a unique experience. 

You will board the Jet Boat belonging to The Outward Bound Trust and cruise 6km upstream to Smuggler's Cove. Along the way you will have a chance to take in the beautiful village of Aberdovey from a special perspective on the estuary... you will also no doubt be reccying the route of your upcoming swim!

At Smuggler's Cove you will "jump ship" and start your epic 6k swim back to Aberdovey beach.

This unique swim is limited to 12 particiapnts, enter early to avoid disappointment.

Although this is the longest swim in distance it is possible that the Beat The Tide 4k will actually be the tougher swim because there will be some swimming against the tide. For the Escape To Aberdovey swim you will have tidal assistance for most of the way... both swims will be special!

 

BEAT THE TIDE 4km

This is quite a special swim, one of the most beautiful estuary swims in the UK. The level of challenge is not to be underestimated.

You will start on the beach just west of the Jetty. The swim takes you around Aberdovey Wharf and Jetty, on past the picturesque village and Penhelig corner. You will then carry on past Picnic Island and The Outward Bound Trust up to a big yellow house, and to what looks like a small castle (Trefri) on an island. 

This "castle" will be the turnaround point, at high tide it sits on an island reminiscent of something out of an Enid Blyton adventure! Hopefully the tide will turn just as you do...

For full details visit www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk

 

SUNDAY - Introduction to SWIMRUN 

Entered your first swimrun race? Unsure about swimrun gear? Or just curious about this fabulous and unique race format?

Then come along to this swimrun workshop, get hands on with swimrun gear and experiment with it in a safe and supportive environment. It's a great way to meet some other like minded people and potentially meet a future race / training partner.

Towards the end of the workshop we will mimic a short swimrun over a few short legs. There will be a key focus on towing, transitions, and kit management. We will stick together as a group so there will be no competitive element to it. We’ll move at a comfortable pace for the group.

The workshop will be 10:00 - 12:30, meeting point is at The Jetty in Aberdovey. 

If you have any questions please get in touch: mike@weswimrun.org

Mike is founder of WESWIMRUN.org and has been competing internationally in the OtillO Swimrun World Series since 2014. He has competed in Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, and of course the UK! 

THE CLASSIC

This swim will start on the beach just west of the Jetty. It is the route of the Cerist Triathlon, last held in 2015.

The swim takes you around Aberdovey Wharf and Jetty (with slight tidal assistance), on past the picturesque village and up to Penhelig corner where a large Buoy will mark the turnaround point. Swim back to the beach with a little tidal assistance towards the end of your swim. 

​The turnaround point may present some swimming against a slight tidal flow depending on when you get to the turnaround point!

It's one of the most picturesque and interesting 1.5km swims in the UK.

The Classic is open to Under 18s, please get in touch if you want to enter in the Under 18s category - info@aberdoveyswim.co.uk

 

Organiser
Mike Alexander

07725416134

Dates and Status
EventDateAvailable/TotalStatusClosing Date
ESCAPE TO ABERDOVEY 6 km09/09/2017??/12Waiting List06/09/2017
BEAT THE TIDE 4 km09/09/2017??/38Open04/09/2017
SUNDAY ~ Introduction to Swimrun10/09/2017??/10Open09/09/2017
THE CLASSIC 1.5 km09/09/2017??/50Open04/09/2017
Prices
Until
06/09/2017£45.00
Until
01/07/2017£22.00
04/09/2017£26.00
Until
01/07/2017£14.00
04/09/2017£18.00

To sign-up for this event on EntryCentral, the Service Fee is 5% (min 60p) for each sign-up

Event Address
The Wharf, Aberdovey, Wales, LL35 0EB