Great London Swim 2013

This is one of United Kingdom’s most prestigious yet fun events. The London Swim is about to happen this year on the 31st of August in the Royal Victoria Dock. This open water challenge is happening for the fourth consecutive year and thousands of swimmers from across the country are expected to take part in the event along with their family and friends. While the swimmers will be having the utmost fun, others can enjoy live music, scrumptious street food and unique markets in this fun festival.

The event was initially influenced by the Great North Run that takes place in the United Kingdom every year. In 2008, the festival attracted more than 2000 participants and turned out to be a huge success. Swimmers of all ages participated including five Olympic medallists. Since then the event has steadily grown in popularity and the competition was expanded to 4 events in the following year. This year the festival will be conducted as 5 events and more than 20,000 participants are expected to participate. Organisers ensure the safety of all participants by employing several expert kayakers to supervise the field and using enough safety boats throughout. This event is suitable for people of all abilities from amateurs to award winners.

The fact that the competition is a great opportunity to dive into the beautiful waters of national parks and urban waterways with no lanes or chlorine makes the event all the more special. Londoners consider the Great Swim as a chance to express their free selves and crawl across the water carefree. Another reason that some consider while participating in the event is the fitness factor which is otherwise difficult to fit into their busy lives. A free way to fitness can sure be a lot of fun. Philanthropic swimmers engage in the challenge to raise funds for various charity causes. Several organizations across the country promote the event for charity and in turn train the participants with basic swimming tricks and ideas.

The competition will be starting at 9 in the morning and the final lap is expected to end by sunset. Swimmers above 16 years of age with a swimsuit can participate in the event. The price of participation is be £39 pounds (GBP inclusive of VAT).

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