BLDSA Llyn Tegid / Bala Championships

08 Jul 17 - 09 Jul 17

THE BRITISH LONG DISTANCE SWIMMING ASSOCIATION (BLDSA)

 

 

The 58th LLYN TEGID / BALA LAKE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

These championships at Llyn Tegid are part of the BLDSA Championship held throughout the season.

 

Saturday 8th July 2017

1 km - Seniors & Juniors - Traditional Costume/trunks and Wetsuits

3 km - Seniors & Juniors - Traditional Costume/trunks and Wetsuits

6 mile (9.6km) - Seniors only - Traditional Costume/trunks only

  

Sunday 9th July 2017

3 mile (4.8km) - Seniors & Juniors - Traditional Costume/trunks and Wetsuits

  

The BLDSA hold 16 Championships across country.  They include Loch Lomond and St Mary's Loch in Scotland, Llyn Tegid in Wales and swims at Colwick Park, Dover, Torbay, North Yorkshire, Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater, Derwentwater and Scarborough.

 

A summer of great swimming through the BLDSA.  For more information go to www.bldsa.org.uk

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ON-LINE ENTRIES ONLY

  

TRADITIONAL COSTUMES OR WETSUITS CAN BE WORN

 

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Age Categories
Senior & Junior (over 10 on the day of competition)

 

Race Categories
There are 2 categories
1. Traditional swimming costumes/trunks (must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and lower than the crotch onto the upper leg, i.e. No wetsuits or body suits). 
2. Wetsuit

 

Registration
9.00am - Report to the Swim Secretary upon arrival at the start site.

 

Briefing
9.30am on the stone jetty at the lake café car park.  

 

Start
10:00am from the stone jetty at the lake café car park.  

 

Course 
The start and finish will be from an imaginary line between a buoy and the end of the stone jetty at the lake café car park. A triangular course will be formed from the jetty, up the lake, round a first buoy across to a second buoy and return to the jetty. Swimmers will complete one lap.

 

Conditions of Entry 
1. This swim is an open event. Membership of the BLDSA is not required for the event. 

2. BLDSA Rules apply to this swim. 

3. That you will declare that if you enter the swim whilst pregnant, you will inform the swim secretary at the earliest possible opportunity, and will provide him/her with a letter from a doctor or midwife confirming your suitability to enter the event. You understand that entry may be refused to pregnant swimmers at the discretion of the swim secretary, following a risk assessment.

 

Time limit
There will be a time limit of 1.5hours on this swim – this limit will be rigidly enforced.

 

Non UK Residents 
Non UK Residents must provide evidence of membership of their governing body or individual insurance for Open Water Swimming.

 

How to get Bala and Llyn Tegid 
The town of Bala is located in North Wales about 9 miles southwest of the A5. At the junction of the A5 at Druid just 2 miles west of Corwin take the A494 to Bala. For the start - Upon entering Bala and crossing over the River Tryweryn continue straight through the centre of Bala. As you are leaving Bala you will see the Leisure Centre on your left. Immediately after this you will see the lake and you should turn left into the car park. The briefing, start and finish are from the stone jetty approximately 100m from the cark park.

 

Emergency Safety Cover 
Safety cover will be provided; a number of canoes will be positioned around the route and additionally the BLDSA rescue boat will patrol.

 

Changing Facilities 
There is a toilet block situated above the Warden’s Building in the car park. In this building there are also showers available for use.

 

Presentations 
The presentation for the 1km Championships, will take place, next to the Stone Jetty as soon as possible after the swim (around 13:15pm). Any certificate not collected at the Presentation will not be forwarded unless the cost of postage and package is paid, which is £1.50.

 

General Information 
All persons are advised to report any incidents, including near misses, to a nominated person who shall be named at the championship briefing meeting. 
The BLDSA has in place Anti-Bullying and Child/ Vulnerable Adult Policies. Copies of which may be obtained from the BLDSA Hon. Child Protection Officer. 
Any person associated with the swim is expected to pay any car park charges that may be due from the parking of their vehicle.

 

Caravan & Camp Site 
For those who intend to stay at Bala for the weekend and wish to camp, a good site can be found at the southwest end of the lake at Llangower (Pant Yr Onnen). Tel no: 01743 718283. This site is very handy as it is next to the lake and the start of the swims on Sunday.

 

Websites 
www.bldsa.org.uk - Information on all BLDSA events and much more. 
www.visitwales.com – Official Wales Tourist Board Site 
www.bala.co.uk – Bala Tourist Information Office Site 
www.balawales.com - More Bala Information and accommodation lists.

Age Categories
Senior & Junior

 

Costumes 
Both Traditional swimming costumes/trunks and wetsuits can be worn.  However the Championship requires the wearing of traditional costumes/trunks only, Wetsuit swimmers are swimming for time only.

 

Traditional costumes must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and lower than the crotch onto the upper leg, i.e. No wetsuits or body suits. 

 

Registration
11.15am - Report to the Swim Secretary upon arrival at the start site.

 

Briefing
11.30am on the stone jetty at Llangower Public Beach next to the railway station.

 

Start
12:00 noon from the stone jetty at Llangower Public Beach next to the railway station.

 

Course
The swim will consist of one length of Bala Lake 3mile (4.8km), starting from an imaginary line from the end of the stone jetty. Swimmers will swim across the lake to an indicated buoy which they will pass on the left hand side. Swimmers will then continue headland to headland along the northwest side of the lake. The finish will be at the stone jetty at the Loch Café car park end of the lake. Swimmer will finish by touching the jetty and calling out their number.

 

Conditions of Entry
1. For this swim all swimmers must provide their own safety cover, which shall be either a canoe and canoeist or rowing boat and boat crew. No swimmers will be allowed to participate in this event if they have not provided their own support. There are no rowing boats for hire at this lake. Its the entrants responsibility to provide the safety cover.

2. This swim is restricted to full senior or junior members of the BLDSA.
 
3. All support craft are to fly a Flag Alpha while escorting their swimmer, failure to do so will result in disqualification.

4. It is the responsibility of the swimmer to ensure that their safety cover is at the briefing in good time. If a swimmer’s safety cover is not at the briefing the swimmer will not be allowed to start the race.

5. BLDSA Rules apply to this swim.  For those swimmers wearing traditional swimming costumes/ trunks they must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and lower than the crotch onto the upper leg.  Please see BLDSA website for more details. Caps - Breaststroke swimmers must wear a PINK swimming cap. All other swimmers can wear any other colour cap except pink or white. Note swimmers wearing tradional costumes/trunks only one cap may be worn which have no insulating properties.

6. That you will declare that if you enter the swim whilst pregnant, you will inform the swim secretary at the earliest possible opportunity, and will provide him/her with a letter from a doctor or midwife confirming your suitability to enter the event. You understand that entry may be refused to pregnant swimmers at the discretion of the swim secretary, following a risk assessment.

 

Energy Drinks
It is advisable that you take an Energy Drink during your swim. This can be handed to your canoeist who will carry it down the lake and hand it to you during the swim. A reasonable feed strategy to be applied during your swim is to stop every hour. If your swim is several hours long and the water temperature is low you will need to take on energy during the swim. We want you to finish the swim not the swim to finish you!

 

Time limit
There will be a time limit of 3.5hours on this swim – this limit will be rigidly enforced. However, if you feel that you wish to swim and have worries that you might be just outside this finish time, then by agreement with the swim secretary, there may be a possibility that you can start your swim up to half an hour earlier.

 

Non UK Residents
Non UK Residents must provide evidence of membership of their governing body or individual insurance for Open Water Swimming.

 

How to get Bala and Llyn Tegid
The town of Bala is located in North Wales about 9 miles southwest of the A5. At the junction of the A5 at Druid just 2 miles west of Corwin take the A494 to Bala. For the start - Upon entering Bala and crossing over the River Tryweryn turn left onto the B4391 before the centre of Bala. Drive along the end of the lake over a bridge and turn immediately right onto the B4403. Follow this road along the side of the lake for over 2miles until you arrive at Llangower. Go over the bridge which had a sign saying ‘Weak Bridge’ and shortly after turn right into the public cark park. The swim starts the other side of the railway line.

 

Emergency Safety Cover
Emergency Safety cover will be provided; at a minimum this will include the BLDSA rescue boat.  

 

Changing Facilities
There are toilet blocks at both the start and finish of the swim. At the finish there are also showers available for use

 

Presentations
The presentation for the 3 mile Championships, will take place at the finish end of the lake, next to the Stone Jetty as soon as possible after the swim (around 3:00pm). Any certificate not collected at the Presentation will not be forwarded unless the cost of postage and package is paid, which is £1.20.

 

General Information
All persons are advised to report any incidents, including near misses, to a nominated person who shall be named at the championship briefing meeting.
The BLDSA has in place Anti-Bullying and Child/ Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies. Copies of which may be obtained from the BLDSA Hon. Child Protection Officer.
Any person associated with the swim is expected to pay any car park charges that may be due from the parking of their vehicle.

 

Caravan & Camp Site
For those who intend to stay at Bala for the weekend and wish to camp, a good site can be found at the southwest end of the lake at Llangower (Pant Yr Onnen). Tel no: 01743 718283. This site is very handy as it is next to the lake and the start of the swims on Sunday.

 

Websites
www.bldsa.org.uk - Information on all BLDSA events and much more.
www.visitwales.com – Official Wales Tourist Board Site
www.bala.co.uk – Bala Tourist Information Office Site
www.balawales.com - More Bala Information and accommodation lists.

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ON-LINE ENTRIES ONLY

  

TRADITIONAL COSTUMES/TRUNKS ONLY TO BE WORN

 

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Age Categories

Senior & Junior

 

Costumes 


Both Traditional swimming costumes/trunks and wetsuits can be worn.  

 

However the Championship requires the wearing of traditional costumes/trunks only, Wetsuit swimmers are swimming for time only.

 

Traditional costumes must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and lower than the crotch onto the upper leg, i.e. No wetsuits or body suits. 

 

Registration
9:00am - Report to the Swim Secretary upon arrival at the start site.

 

Briefing
9.30am on the stone jetty at the lake café car park.  

 

Start
10:00am from the stone jetty at the lake café car park.  

 

Course
The start and finish will be from an imaginary line between a buoy and the end of the stone jetty at the lake café car park. A triangular course will be formed from the jetty, up the lake, round a first buoy across to a second buoy and return to the jetty. Swimmers will complete 3 laps.

 

Conditions of Entry 
1. This swim is restricted to full senior or junior members of the BLDSA. 

2. BLDSA Rules apply to this swim.  For those swimmers wearing traditional swimming costumes/ trunks they must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and lower than the crotch onto the upper leg.  Please see BLDSA website for more details. Caps - Breaststroke swimmers must wear a PINK swimming cap. All other swimmers can wear any other colour cap except pink or white. Note swimmers wearing tradional costumes/trunks only one cap may be worn which have no insulating properties. 

3. That you will declare that if you enter the swim whilst pregnant, you will inform the swim secretary at the earliest possible opportunity, and will provide him/her with a letter from a doctor or midwife confirming your suitability to enter the event. You understand that entry may be refused to pregnant swimmers at the discretion of the swim secretary, following a risk assessment.

 

Time limit
There will be a time limit of 2.5hours on this swim – this limit will be rigidly enforced.

 

Non UK Residents
Non UK Residents must provide evidence of membership of their governing body or individual insurance for Open Water Swimming.

 

How to get Bala and Llyn Tegid
The town of Bala is located in North Wales about 9 miles southwest of the A5. At the junction of the A5 at Druid just 2 miles west of Corwin take the A494 to Bala. For the start - Upon entering Bala and crossing over the River Tryweryn continue straight through the centre of Bala. As you are leaving Bala you will see the Leisure Centre on your left. Immediately after this you will see the lake and you should turn left into the car park. The briefing, start and finish are from the stone jetty approximately 100m from the cark park.

 

Emergency Safety Cover
Emergency Safety cover will be provided; at a minimum this will include the BLDSA rescue boat.  

 

Changing Facilities
There is a toilet block situated above the Wardens Building in the car park. In this building there are also showers available for use.

 

Presentations
The presentation for the 3km Championships, will take place, next to the Stone Jetty as soon as possible after the swim (around 13:15pm). Any certificate not collected at the Presentation will not be forwarded unless the cost of postage and package is paid, which is £1.20.

 

General Information
All persons are advised to report any incidents, including near misses, to a nominated person who shall be named at the championship briefing meeting.
The BLDSA has in place Anti-Bullying and Child/ Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies. Copies of which may be obtained from the BLDSA Hon. Child Protection Officer.
Any person associated with the swim is expected to pay any car park charges that may be due from the parking of their vehicle.

 

Caravan & Camp Site
For those who intend to stay at Bala for the weekend and wish to camp, a good site can be found at the southwest end of the lake at Llangower (Pant Yr Onnen). This site is within 200m from the start of the 1-way swim. The campsite has access to the lake. Tel no: 01743 718283. This site is very handy as it is next to the lake and the start of the one-way swim on Sunday.

 

Websites
www.bldsa.org.uk - Information on all BLDSA events and much more.
www.bldsa-bala-swim.co.uk - Information on this swim, previous results and accommodation list.
www.visitwales.com – Official Wales Tourist Board Site
www.bala.co.uk – Bala Tourist Information Office Site
www.balawales.com - More Bala Information and accommodation lists.

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SWIMMERS REQUIRE THEIR OWN CANOE / BOAT SUPPORT

  

TRADITIONAL COSTUMES/TRUNKS ONLY TO BE WORN

 

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Age Categories
Senior

  

Registration
11.45am - Report to the Swim Secretary upon arrival adjacent to the start site next to the stone jetty.

 

Briefing
12.00am at the stone jetty at the lake café car park

 

Start
1.00pm from the stone jetty at the lake café car park

 

Course
The swim will consist of two lengths of Bala Lake 6miles (9.6km), starting and finishing across an imaginary line from the end of the stone jetty at the lake café car park. The route to be taken will be from headland to headland. Swimmers must give their number to the Turning Judge as they round the turning boat at the far end of the lake.

 

It is your responsibility as the swimmer to organise your safety cover, possible help may be obtained from BCU website detailed below

www.bcu.org.uk - British Canoe Union, possible canoists.

Conditions of Entry
1. For this swim all swimmers must provide their own safety cover, which shall be either a canoe and canoeist or rowing boat and boat crew. No swimmers will be allowed to participate in this event if they have not provided their own support. There are no rowing boats for hire at this lake. Its the entrants responsibility to provide the safety cover.

2. This swim is restricted to to full senior members of the BLDSA.

3. All support craft are to fly a Flag Alpha while escorting their swimmer, failure to do so will result in disqualification.

4. It is the responsibility of the swimmer to ensure that their safety cover is at the briefing in good time. If a swimmer’s safety cover is not at the briefing the swimmer will not be allowed to start the race.

5. BLDSA Rules apply to this swim, i.e. only traditional swimming costumes/ trunks (must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and lower than the crotch onto the upper leg) will be permitted (No wetsuits or body suits). Please see the BLDSA website for more details. Caps - Breaststroke swimmers must wear a PINK swimming cap. All other swimmers can wear any other colour cap except pink or white. Note – only one cap may be worn which have no insulating properties.

6. That you will declare that if you enter the swim whilst pregnant, you will inform the swim secretary at the earliest possible opportunity, and will provide him/her with a letter from a doctor or midwife confirming your suitability to enter the event. You understand that entry may be refused to pregnant swimmers at the discretion of the swim secretary, following a risk assessment.

 

Energy Drinks
It is advisable that you take an Energy Drink during your swim. This can be handed to your canoeist who will carry it down the lake and hand it to you during the swim. A reasonable feed strategy to be applied during your swim is to stop every hour. If your swim is several hours long and the water temperature is low you will need to take on energy during the swim. We want you to finish the swim not the swim to finish you!

 

Time limit
There will be a time limit of 5.5hours on this swim – this limit will be rigidly enforced. However, if you feel that you wish to swim and have worries that you might be just outside this finish time, then by agreement with the swim secretary, there may be a possibility that you can start your swim up to half an hour earlier.

 

Non UK Residents
Non UK Residents must provide evidence of membership of their governing body or individual insurance for Open Water Swimming.

 

How to get Bala and Llyn Tegid
The town of Bala is located in North Wales about 9 miles southwest of the A5. At the junction of the A5 at Druid just 2 miles west of Corwin take the A494 to Bala. For the start - Upon entering Bala and crossing over the River Tryweryn continue straight through the centre of Bala. As you are leaving Bala you will see the Leisure Centre on your left. Immediately after this you will see the lake and you should turn left into the car park. The briefing, start and finish are from the stone jetty approximately 100m from the cark park.

 

Emergency Safety Cover
Emergency Safety cover will be provided; at a minimum this will include the BLDSA rescue boat.  

 

Changing Facilities
There is a toilet block situated above the Wardens Building in the car park. In this building there are also showers available for use.

 

Presentations
The presentation for the 6 mile Championships, will take place, next to the Stone Jetty at 6:30pm.

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General Information
All persons are advised to report any incidents, including near misses, to a nominated person who shall be named at the championship briefing meeting.
The BLDSA has in place Anti-Bullying and Child/ Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies. Copies of which may be obtained from the BLDSA Hon. Child Protection Officer.
Any person associated with the swim is expected to pay any car park charges that may be due from the parking of their vehicle.

 

Caravan & Camp Site
For those who intend to stay at Bala for the weekend and wish to camp, a good site can be found at the southwest end of the lake at Llangower (Pant Yr Onnen). This site is within 200m from the start of the 1-way swim. The campsite has access to the lake. Tel no: 01743 718283 . This site is very handy as it is next to the lake and the start of the one-way swim on Sunday

 

Websites
www.bldsa.org.uk - Information on all BLDSA events and much more.
www.bcu.org.uk - British Canoe Union, possible canoists.
www.visitwales.com – Official Wales Tourist Board Site
www.bala.co.uk – Bala Tourist Information Office Site
www.balawales.com - More Bala Information and accommodation lists.

Organiser
Philip Yorke

07966612012

Dates and Status
EventDateAvailable/TotalStatusClosing Date
BLDSA Llyn Tegid / Bala Lake 1k Swim08/07/2017??/40Open01/07/2017
BLDSA Llyn Tegid / Bala Lake 1-Way Championship09/07/2017??/50Open02/07/2017
BLDSA Llyn Tegid / Bala Lake 3k Championship08/07/2017??/40Open01/07/2017
BLDSA Llyn Tegid / Bala Lake 2-Way Championship08/07/2017??/50Open01/07/2017
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