Great East Swim
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!
The 10k will take swimmers on six laps of the existing one mile course and will have a 'pit-stop' after each lap to allow swimmers to top up on drinking water and, if necessary, take a 5 minute breather before heading back in the water again.
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.
The entry fee includes entry into the event, a 2020 John West Great Swim finisher's pack and medal
The John West Great East Swim is staged at Alton Water Sports Centre near Ipswich. Suffolk IP9 2RY.
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
The John West Great East Swim can be reached by following the postcode IP9 2RY. There will be parking available but it will be £5 on the day.
Due to narrow stretches of road around the event venue please can we ask that you drive carefully through the lanes and the village of Stutton and refrain from parking along the roads.
If you are planning to drive to the John West Great East Swim have you considered car sharing?
Blue Badge parking is available at the Visitor Centre at Alton Water. Please follow the directions of the parking stewards.
London Liverpool Street station is approximately a 60 minute train ride away, with direct trains running every half an hour to Manningtree-the nearest station to Alton Water. From here you can get a taxi to take you to the event site.If arriving at Ipswich main line station you will need to get a connecting train to Manningtree. Trains run every 30 minutes between Ipswich and Manningtree. 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, but it will not be staffed but we recommend that you bring a suitable bike lock and that you do not leave any valuables with your bike.
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