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2021 Dock2Dock 2021 Dock2Dock

2021 Dock2Dock

Love Open Water, London Royal Docks E16 1AH

27 Western Gateway, London E16 1FA, UK

Sat 04th September 2021

Starting at 07:30

5 races

£31.94 - £105.99

COVID-19 INFORMATION

The Dock2Dock ran successfully in 2020 under strict Covid-Safe protocols. It is too early to tell if the same or stricter measures will be introduced but all entrants will be updated regularly in the lead up to the event. Should the event be cancelled in 2021, due to Covid-19 regulations, entries will roll over to the 2022 event.

C-19 PLAN
Love Sports Events has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

DOCK2DOCK  SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER, 2021  Following a sell-out event in 2020, the Dock2Dock is back!  Love Open Water will once again be hosting this unique and challenging event in London’s Royal Docks on Saturday  4th September, 2021 with the addition of a new distance – the 15k!  This huge body of water covers an area the size of central London and swimmers will get to experience the old and the new of the area as they head east from Royal Victoria Dock, with Canary Wharf and the O2 looming in the background, towards London City airport, passing the imposing cranes that line the docks.  Love Sports Events, together with Love Open Water hosted a Covid-Safe event in 2020 for over 500 swimmers who were blessed with good weather and warm smiles from our small army of masked volunteers and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back in 2021.  Don’t miss your chance to experience swimming in the heart of one of the worlds’ great cities!   DISTANCES ON OFFER  1.5km Junior (12-20 years)  1.5km  5km  10km  15km (NEW FOR 2021!!) (Entry conditions apply)    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS   The Dock2Dock is a NOWCA member only event.  All swimmers must have a current NOWCA membership on the day of the event.  NOWCA membership is £12.00 per year and gives you access to over 30 NOWCA affiliated venues throughout the UK along with discounts on courses and access to other events at NOWCA venues.    For more about NOWCA and how to register, visit www.nowca.org  ** Participants are able to complete their race registration without a NOWCA membership, but NOWCA registration must be completed at least 14 days prior to race day.  15k   The 15k is new to the events program in 2021 and is open to any swimmer who completed the Dock2Dock 10k in 2019 or 2020 in under 4 hours. There will also be a limited amount of 'wildcard' entries available to swimmers who have completed another 10k event in 2019 or 2020 in under 4 hours.  Official results must be provided to the event organiser for validation. If you cannot meet the criteria above, please submit a request detailing your long distance swimming experience for consideration for a wildcard entry. Official results / channel swim records must be provided in the form of links, for verification. Training records will also be taken into account. Please email your submission to info@lovesportsevents.co.uk  If you wish to swim skins for the 15k, you must provide evidence of completing a similar or longer distance without a wetsuit. ENTRY FEES  1.5k Junior (20 years and under on day of event)  Xmas Cracker Price (until 31 December, 2020)    £25.00 + booking fees  Early Bird Price (1 Jan to 31 January, 2021)         £27.50 + booking fees  Regular Price                                                         £30.00 + booking fees  1.5k  Xmas Cracker Price (until 31 December, 2020)    £27.50 + booking fees  Early Bird Price (1 Jan to 31 January, 2021)         £30.00 + booking fees  Regular Price                                                         £35.00 + booking fees  5k  Xmas Cracker Price (until 31 December, 2020)    £50.00 + booking fees  Early Bird Price (1 Jan to 31 January, 2021)         £55.00 + booking fees  Regular Price                                                         £60.00 + booking fees  10k  Xmas Cracker Price (until 31 December, 2020)    £70.00 + booking fees  Early Bird Price (1 Jan to 31 January, 2021)         £75.00 + booking fees  Regular Price                                                         £85.00 + booking fees  15k  Xmas Cracker Price (until 31 December, 2020)     £90.00 + booking fees  Early Bird Price (1 Jan to 31 January, 2021)         £95.00 + booking fees  Regular Price                                                         £100.00 + booking fees  AGE RESTRICTIONS  15k / 10k / 5k All swimmers must be aged 16 years and over on the day of the event  1.5k Junior (12-20) Swimmers must be 12 years and older on the day of the event. Swimmers under the age of 18 will require parent / guardian consent   Swimmers aged 12-16 must wear a wetsuit and use a tow float  EQUIPMENT  Tow Floats  It is a condition of entry that all swimmers in the 5k, 10k and 15k event use a tow float.  Tow floats are optional for those swimming in the 1.5k event unless the swimmer is 16 years or younger.  You may use your own brightly coloured tow float if you have one or you can purchase one when you complete your race entry (or afterwards from the Merch page).  If you haven’t used a tow float before, it’s important you train with this before the race.    Tow Floats ordered with your race entry or on the merchandise site will not be posted out.  They can be collected on race morning or arrangements can be made to collect from Love Open Water London Royal Docks in the 4 weeks prior to the event by emailing info@lovesportsevents.co.uk  Wetsuits  Wetsuits are OPTIONAL in the 1.5k (over 16 years), 5k and 10k distances.  Swimmers aged 12-16 in the 1.5k must wear a full length wetsuit and use a tow float.   SWIM START PROCEDURE  The 15km race will start first and will be a mass wave start   Other distances will start in a rolling fashion with 2-3 swimmers entering the water at a time (time trial format)  CUT-OFF TIMES  The final race schedule will be published closer to the event but PROVISIONAL cut-off times are as follows:  1.5k         1.5hrs  5k            5 hours   10k          5.5 hours  15k          6.5 hours  COURSE  All swimmers will swim in a clockwise direction on an ‘out and back’ course  1.5k          This will be a one loop course held in Royal Victoria Dock  5k             This will be a one loop course, starting in Royal Victoria Dock, with the turnaround in Royal Albert Dock  10k           10k swimmers will swim the 5k course twice  15k            15k swimmers will swim the 5k course three times  ** There will be feed stations available on the course, with water and bananas (at a minimum).  Final feeds station options will be announced closer to the event in line with Covid-19 protocols.    EVENT SCHEDULE  The final race schedule will be published closer to the event but 15k swimmers should be prepared to be onsite for registration at approximately 0645.  Registration and start windows will be staggered throughout the morning for other distances with all swimmers in the water by approx. 10am  MERCHANDISE  Event merchandise will be available for purchase in 2021  WATER QUALITY  The water at London Royal Docks is regularly tested in accordance with the Bathing Water Quality Sampling and Testing Program and is consistently rated as excellent.  The Docks are fed by the Estuary and as it is quite deep, doesn’t suffer from algae blooms in the summer.  COVID-19  The Dock2Dock ran successfully in 2020 under strict Covid-Safe protocols.  It is too early to tell if the same or stricter measures will be introduced but all entrants will be updated regularly in the lead up to the event.  Should the event be cancelled in 2021, due to Covid-19 regulations, entries will roll over to the 2022 event. DEFERRALS FROM 2020 T0 2021 EVENT Swimmers who deferred entries from the 2020 event to the 2021 event will be contacted directly regarding their entry transfers. REFUNDS The Dock2Dock does not offer refunds on entries outside of the normal 14 day statutory cooling off period.     FOR FURTHER INFORMATION INCLUDING FAQ’S, PARTNER PROMOTIONS & TRAINING,  PLEASE VISIT THE EVENT WEBSITE www.dock2dock.co.uk 

Races

  • Dock2Dock - 1.5km Swim (20 Years & Under)
    £31.94
  • Dock2Dock - 1.5km Swim (21 Years & Over)
    £37.23
  • Dock2Dock - 10km Swim
    £90.12
  • Dock2Dock - 15km Swim
    £105.99
  • Dock2Dock - 5km Swim
    £63.68

Book

  • Dock2Dock - 1.5km Swim (20 Years & Under)
    £31.94
  • Dock2Dock - 1.5km Swim (21 Years & Over)
    £37.23
  • Dock2Dock - 10km Swim
    £90.12
  • Dock2Dock - 15km Swim
    £105.99
  • Dock2Dock - 5km Swim
    £63.68
What's Included

Your fee includes entry to the race, swim cap, safety on course, race timing, on course nutrition (for 5k & 10k distances), post race snack and refreshments.

Nowca Entry Requirements

The Dock2Dock is a NOWCA member only event. All swimmers must have a current NOWCA membership on the day of the event. NOWCA membership is £12.00 per year and gives you access to over 30 NOWCA affiliated venues throughout the UK along with discounts on courses and access to other events at NOWCA venues.

For more about NOWCA and how to register, visit www.nowca.org

Tow Floats

It is a condition of entry that all swimmers in the 5k & 10k event use a tow float. Tow floats are optional for those swimming in the 1.5k event, other than the 12-16 age category.

You may use your own tow float if you have one or purchase one when you complete your race entry. We would advise you to train with the tow float before the race. London based swimmers will be able to collect their purchased tow floats at Love Open Water London Royal Docks during regular swim sessions. Check out the website for session times

If you order a tow float but aren’t able to collect it prior to race day, these will be available for collection on race morning.

Equipment

Tow Floats

It is a condition of entry that all swimmers in the 5k, 10k and 15k event use a tow float. Tow floats are optional for those swimming in the 1.5k event unless the swimmer is 16 years or younger.

You may use your own brightly coloured tow float if you have one or you can purchase one when you complete your race entry (or afterwards from the Merch page). If you haven’t used a tow float before, it’s important you train with this before the race.

Tow Floats ordered with your race entry or on the merchandise site will not be posted out. They can be collected on race morning or arrangements can be made to collect from Love Open Water London Royal Docks in the 4 weeks prior to the event by emailing info@lovesportsevents.co.uk

Wetsuits

Wetsuits are OPTIONAL in the 1.5k (over 16 years), 5k and 10k distances.

Swimmers aged 12-16 in the 1.5k must wear a full length wetsuit and use a tow float.

FAQs

I'm new to Open Water Swimming - can i take part?

Yes of course, you can, in fact we’d love you too. You will obviously need to start training in plenty of time, so come along to the London Royal Docks OWS sessions and take a look at the website for some information about coaching sessions.


Will I need any special equipment?

It is not compulsory to wear a wetsuit for Dock2Dock event. You will need to purchase a tow float if you are entered in the 10k or 5k event. These will be available to purchase for £19.99 when you book your place.


I am scared of open water do I need to have a coached session?

Yes, we would recommend that you do, please see our link to the coaching availabilities. Special coaching sessions for Dock2Dock will be held at London Royal Docks OWS.


Is the water safe to swim in?

Yes it is. NOWCA operates the swimming throughout the year in Victoria Docks and as such the water is tested every two weeks against EU Bathing regulations to ensure the purity is perfect for open water swimming. So you don’t have to worry. The water is slightly salty but really clean and pleasant to swim in. You will find that it is a couple of degrees colder than the lakes and more similar to rivers. Come and try it out for yourself.


Cut-Off Times

The final race schedule will be published closer to the event but PROVISIONAL cut-off times are as follows:

1.5k 1.5hrs

5k 5 hours

10k 5.5 hours

15k 6.5 hours


Transfers

Race entries for the Dock2Dock are not transferrable

How To Get There

By Bus

See TfL (transport for London) bus links running closest to Royal Victoria Station.

By Car
You can use either of these addresses in your sat nav. 1 Siemens Brothers Way, London, E16 1GB or 1 Dock Road, London, E16 1AG.

Parking
The Royal Victoria Car Park (L2) offers 750 parking spaces a five-minute walk away and is located behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Western Gateway.
There is also paid parking at the Excel Centre.

By Air
The Centre is within five minutes by taxi of London City Airport which serves over 30 destinations across the UK, Europe and the USA, with connections to the rest of the world through major European hubs.

By Cable Car
You can get to the Open Water Swimming direct via the Emirates Air Line Cable Carfrom the Greenwich peninsular.

By Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
The nearest station to the Centre is Royal Victoria Station (Zone 3) on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), only a three minute walk away from the LRDOWS (see aerial picture).

To reach the LRDOWS from the DLR, turn right out of Royal Victoria Station onto Seagull Lane. As you pass the Pumping Station you will come to a small roundabout and will see the Pontoon jutting out into the water, in between the Emirates SkyLine and The Oiler bar straight ahead of you.

Location

1 Siemens Brothers Way, London E16 1GB or 1 Dock Road, London, E16 1AG

London’s Dock2Dock Swim is on the waterfront at the western end of the Royal Victoria Docks in East London and is well served by public transport.

Age Restrictions

15k / 10k / 5k

All swimmers must be aged 16 years and over on the day of the event

1.5k Junior (12-20)

Swimmers must be 12 years and older on the day of the event. Swimmers under the age of 18 will require parent / guardian consent

Swimmers aged 12-16 must wear a wetsuit and use a tow float

15 Km Race

The 15k is new to the events program in 2021 and is open to any swimmer who completed the Dock2Dock 10k in 2019 or 2020 in under 4 hours.

There will also be a limited amount of 'wildcard' entries available to swimmers who have completed another 10k event in 2019 or 2020 in under 4 hours. Official results must be provided to the event organiser for validation.

If you would like to enter the 15k, please email info@lovesportsevents.co.uk to validate your past entry.

Course Details

All swimmers will swim in a clockwise direction on an ‘out and back’ course

1.5k This will be a one loop course held in Royal Victoria Dock

5k This will be a one loop course, starting in Royal Victoria Dock, with the turnaround in Royal Albert Dock

10k 10k swimmers will swim the 5k course twice

15k 15k swimmers will swim the 5k course three times

** There will be feed stations available on the course, with water and bananas (at a minimum). Final feeds station options will be announced closer to the event in line with Covid-19 protocols.

Event Schedule

The final race schedule will be published closer to the event but 15k swimmers should be prepared to be onsite for registration at approximately 0645.

Registration and start windows will be staggered throughout the morning for other distances with all swimmers in the water by approx. 10am

Reviews (1)

Paul

·9 months ago

Awesome well organized Event. This race has come of age from a relatively small event to an extremely well organized event which keeps it's happy community feel. Good choice of distances to challenge even the best of swimmers. Found this to be a great challenge. So friendly and the whole business community gets involved. There was even a oyster bar there this year. Prosecco anyone?

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Love Open Water, London Royal Docks E16 1AH

4 Sep 2021

£31.94 - £105.99