Great East Swim

Alton Water, Ipswich

Organiser's Description

The event takes place at Alton Water, Ipswich, and is a great day out for swimmers, families and spectators. With farmers' markets, plenty of musical entertainment and swim distances ranging from 250m right up to 10k, there really is something for everyone! Whether you're looking to try an open water swim for the first time, or you're searching for the ultimate challenge, the Great East Swim offers you a selection of distances to suit your ability.


  • 250 metres Swim250 (8 - 12 yr olds)
    £15 BOOK
  • 250 metres Swim250 (13+ yr olds)
    £15 BOOK
  • Half mile
    £30 BOOK
  • 1 mile
    £35 BOOK
  • 2 miles
    £40 BOOK
  • 5 km
    £42 BOOK
  • 10 km
    £65 BOOK

Alton Water, Suffolk

You must check-in 30 minutes before your start time. If you miss it we may not be able to move you to another wave, so please don't be late.

08.00: Red swim hat, 5k swim

08.05: Green swim hat, 10k swim

10.00: Pink swim hat, 2 mile swim

10.30: Yellow swim hat, SwimRun (Short distance)

11.00: Orange swim hat, 1 mile swim

11.30: White swim hat, 1 mile swim

12.00: Red swim hat, 1 mile swim

12.30: Green swim hat, 1 mile swim

12.50: Pink swim hat, Swim250

12.55: Yellow swim hat, Swim250

13.30: Orange swim hat, 0.5 mile swim

There will be car parking available but charges will apply at a cost of £3 in advance or £5 on the day. postcode IP9 2RY.

Manningtree is the nearest train station to Alton Water. From here you can get a taxi to take you to Alton Water.

There are cycle routes to Alton Water. A bike park will be available.

The Swim250 is a great choice if you’re looking to try the open water for the first time, or if you’d like swim with the family.

  • All 8 – 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult
  • Anyone over the age of 12 years old can take on the swim as an individual


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Large scale event with small scale quality

Excellent event for all the participants, this has to be a highlight of the outdoor swimming calendar. Great venue, great atmosphere, massive choice and really inclusive.

Adam Waller-Toyne / Jun 23, 2019