Dock2Dock London Swim
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! (For details please see below)
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!
The Crystal building
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to validate your past entry.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
See TfL (transport for London) bus links running closest to Royal Victoria Station.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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