Open Water Swimming

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Welcome to your 2021 Open Water swimming page

As we all know most of 2020 was a horrendous year in so many ways. It was made even worse for competitive swimmers with pools being closed for months and competitions being cancelled. However one group of Cumbrian club swimmers took up the challenge of the Cumbria Open Water League (COWL) in its second season.

Epic Events worked hard to make their swim series as safe as possible whilst following strict government guidance. We are glad to announce that they will again host the COWL in 2021 for its third season.

ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN.

Last year we asked two simple questions:

  1. Have you ever thought about pushing your swimming boundaries beyond the confines of a chlorinated pool?
  2. Have you ever wanted to experience the freedom of swimming without lanes?

From what we saw on facebook and down by the lakeside, the answer for a lot of you was YES.

Throughout the summer we saw an ever increasing number of dedicated swimmers taking to the open water, some for the first time ever, so they could return to the sport they love in some way.

This year we are hoping more of you will take this new found swimming experience to a competitive level and enter COWL 2021, Regional & National open water events.

We are so fortunate to live in the most stunning place in Great Britain…The English Lake District. We have the greatest opportunities for experiencing open water swimming right on our door step. Our lakes include the longest lake in England, the deepest lake; nestled at the foot of the highest mountain in England, the setting for the famous Swallows and Amazons adventure story and of course the settings for Donald Cambell’s world water speed records during the 1950s and 1960s.

Why not add open water swimming to your life story and enter COWL 2021.

Remember…there are County Championship medals to be won.

Below you will find links to the COWL, advice on open water swimming and safety, links to Swim England and Swim Northwest openwater events and
links to other fantastic events in and around our county.

 

Cumbria Open Water League - 2021

Our friends over at Epic Events have again agreed to host the COWL for its third season.

Although there remains a lot of uncertainty around competitive swimming throughout 2021, open water swimming organisations are launching their events already. As we saw last season, places in these events are limited and did fill up quickly once the world began to return to some form of normality.

ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN so do not think about it for too long and definitely do not wait until a couple of weeks before the event to try and enter...entries sell out fast!

The League will follow the exact same format as last season. There are four races, of which you must compete in at least two to qualify for a League position. A points system will be used again this season where by each COWL competitor will be awarded points based on their time compared with the 1st COWL swimmer to cross the finish line. Your best two swims will be combined to give your final League position.

The age groups and distances will remain as last season, which are:

• 11 years to 13 Years – 500m

• 14 years and 15 years – 1 mile

• 16 years and over – 1 mile

For the 2021 COWL entry conditionsclick here.  It is important that every competitor and their parent/guardian (if under 18) read the COWL entry conditions, COWL Risk assessment and the Epic Event Terms & Conditions

Full details of the entry conditions for the four races are:

Coniston – Aug 15th          https://epicevents.co.uk/epic-lakes-swim-coniston/

Windemere – Sept 18th      https://epicevents.co.uk/epic-lakes-swim-windermere/

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Other Interesting events to think about

Sleeker Swim

Sleekerswim are based in Windemere and organise a couple of interesting events for the over 16s plus offer a range of introduction and coaching sessions by their highly accomplished and experienced coaching team.

https://www.sleekerswim.co.uk/event/summer-solstice-starlight-swim-2020/

 Chill Swim

Offer two fantastic challenges for those wanting to move towards marathon swimming by swimming the length of England’s second and third longest lakes…Ullswater and Coniston

Chill Swim – Length of Coniston – 5 miles End to End – Sat 4th Sept

https://chillswim.com/chillswim-coniston-5-25-miles-end-to-end/

  • Both these event are a great day out and whilst some may consider it expensive, the support put in place plus the entry goody bags make it all worthwhile. It is a great event to start the step up towards marathon swimming.
  • This event is for 16+yrs and has a mandatory tow float requirement for every swimmer. A tow float will need to be purchased before the event.


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Openwater safety
 

Before everyone goes and jumps in the nearest puddle please follow the links and read up on openwater safety, impacts to the environment and potential hazards to health. It is important;

https://www.rlss.org.uk/open-water-safety

https://outdoorswimmer.com/open-water-safety

https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/thingstodo/water/swimming


Biosecurity – Invasive non-native species

It is important to recognise the impact on the environment and local ecology that open water swimming can have. There is growing concern over the number, abundance and spread of freshwater invasive non-native species (FINNS), both plants and animals throughout the UK. FINNS are spread by people and equipment moving from one open water venue to another without proper care and cleaning of their equipment. Once transferred to another habitat the damage caused by a FINN can be devastating for the local ecology.

Follow this simple three step plan after every swim

  • Check and clean your wetsuit, clothing and equipment ON SITE of any animals and plant fragments.
  • Don’t take anything away with you!
  • Dry your clothing and equipment thoroughly before visiting your next venue. Some species can survive a long time in damp conditions.

https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/policies/alien-2

http://cfinns.scrt.co.uk/biosecurity/


Blue-Green Algae

Blue-Green Algae are a fresh water algae present in our lakes. During warm summer weather conditions these algae can bloom which then make them toxic and dangerous to pets, wild life and people.

Blue-green algae can cause rashes after skin contact and illnesses including skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain in people who’ve swallowed or swam through algal scum. These haven’t led to long-term effects or death but, in some cases, the illnesses can be severe.

Not all blue-green algae blooms and scums are toxic, but you can’t tell just by looking at them, so it’s best to assume they are. Although algal scum isn’t always harmful, avoid contact with it and the water close to it.

Over the summer of 2018 there were four lakes affected by the Algae with public health warnings issued by the EA.

Before planning an open water please check the following websites for information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/blue-green-algae-remains-present-in-four-lake-district-locations

https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/policies/algae

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot/features/blue-green-algae-risks

During 2018 and 2019 the Environment Agency notified the National Trust of Blue Green Algae blooms in Windermere, Ullswater and Derwent Water. Once the National Trust get those notifications signs are put up at key access points to the lakes to keep people informed, these signs stay in place until the Environment Agency advise that the bloom has cleared.

PLEASE CHECK THESE WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE STATUS OF THE LAKES BEFORE EMBARKING ON ANY FORM OF OPEN WATER SWIMMING.

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Outdoor swimming and mental health

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that outdoor swimming is good for your mental health. We’d like to share three articles that explore the link between outdoor swimming and mental health in more detail.

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Cumbria Open Water League Table 2020
 

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE
 

11 - 13 Years Age Group - 500m
Final
League Position
Swimmer Club Coniston Points awarded Ullswater Points awarded Windemere Points awarded Points awarded for best two swims
Girls 11-13
1 Olivia O'Mahony Cockermouth 07:15 100.000 08:10 100.000 07:29 100.000 200.000
2 Iona Robinson Cockermouth DNS 0.000 08:34 95.331 07:49 95.736 191.067
3 Millie Sandham Workington 07:47 93.148 DNS 0.000 08:04 92.769 185.917
4 Emma Duxbury Kendal 08:51 81.921 09:26 86.572 09:25 79.469 168.493
5 Isabelle Wall-Budden Kendal 09:17 78.097 10:19 79.160 DNS 0.000 157.257
6 Evie-Rose Sugden Penrith 09:36 75.521 10:11 80.196 DNS 0.000 155.717
7 Charlotte Stainer Kendal DNS 0.000 10:43 76.205 09:42 77.148 153.353
8 Penny Henderson Penrith 09:26 76.855 10:44 76.087 10:52 68.865 152.942
9 Isabella Armstrong Barrow DNS 0.000 10:48 75.167 10:24 71.955 147.122
10 Lea Glencross Carlisle 09:35 75.652 11:50 69.014 12:00 63.361 144.666
11 Rosa Henderson Penrith 13:53 52.221 15:32 52.575 15:18 48.911 104.796
Final
League Position
Boys 11-13 Points awarded for best two swims
1 Max Henderson Cockermouth 07:01 100.000 07:49 100.000 07:48 95.726 200.000
2 Jackson Jardine Copeland DNS 0.000 07:50 99.787 07:28 100.000 199.787
3 Oliver Dyson Cockermouth DNS 0.000 08:13 95.132 07:50 95.319 190.451
4 Evan Dart Kendal 07:57 88.620 DNS 0.000 08:48 84.848 173.468
5 Nathan Caine Ulverston 08:03 87.164 09:52 79.223 09:05 82.202 169.366
6 Campbell Sutton Copeland 09:11 76.407 09:56 78.691 10:12 73.203 155.098

14 - 15 Years Age Group - 1 Mile
Final
League Position
Swimmer Club Coniston Points awarded Ullswater Points awarded Windemere Points awarded Points awarded for best two swims
Girls 14/15
1 Anna Dootson Cockermouth 21:06 100.000 20:59 100.000 DNS 0.000 200.000
2 Macy Dootson Cockermouth 22:01 95.836 21:41 96.772 DNS 0.000 192.608
3 Millie Bell Carlisle 22:07 95.403 22:51 91.831 DNS 0.000 187.234
4 Elodie Malcolm Kendal 25:35 82.476 24:48 84.610 DNS 0.000 167.086
Final
League Position
Boys 14/15 Points awarded for best two swims
1 Toby Patton Copeland 23:52 100.000 24:30 100.000 29:04 98.222 200.000
2 Max Ainsworth Kendal 25:19 94.273 27:16 89.853 28:33 100.000 194.273

16 + Years Age Group - 1 Mile
Final
League Position
Swimmer Club Coniston Points awarded Ullswater Points awarded Windemere Points awarded Points awarded for best two swims
Girls / Ladies 16+
1 Rebecca Amor Copeland 21:31 100.000 22:10 100.000 25:09 100.000 200.000
2 Shannon Parker Ulverston 25:30 84.379 26:17 84.337 29:10 86.229 170.608
Final
League Position
Boys / Men 16+ Points awarded for best two swims
1 Kes Fountain Carlisle 22:17 100.000 21:30 100.000 DNS 0.000 200.000
2 James Amor Copeland 22:22 99.627 23:40 90.845 26:29 100.000 199.627

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ROUND 3 - Windermere Race Results


11 – 13 Years Age Group






14-15 Years Age Group

 




16+ / Open Age Group 




ROUND 2 - Ullswater Race Results

11 – 13 Years Age Group

 

Round 2 - Ullswater Race results

Girls

Race
position

Swimmer

Club

Ullswater Time

Points awarded

1

Olivia O'Mahony

Cockermouth

08:10

100.000

2

Iona Robinson

Cockermouth

08:34

95.331

3

Emma Duxbury

Kendal

09:26

86.572

4

Evie-Rose Sugden

Penrith

10:11

80.196

5

Isabelle Wall-Budden

Kendal

10:19

79.160

6

Charlotte Stainer

Kendal

10:43

76.205

7

Penny Henderson

Penrith

10:44

76.087

8

Isabella Armstrong

Barrow

10:48

75.167

9

Lea Glencross

Carlisle

11:50

69.014

10

Rosa Henderson

Penrith

15:32

52.575

Round 2 - Ullswater Race results

Boys

Race
position

Swimmer

Club

Ullswater Time

Points awarded

1

Max Henderson

Cockermouth

07:49

100.000

2

Jackson Jardine

Copeland

07:50

99.787

3

Oliver Dyson

Cockermouth

08:13

95.132

4

Nathan Caine

Ulverston

09:52

79.223

5

Campbell Sutton

Copeland

09:56

78.691


14-15 Years Age Group

Round 2 - Ullswater Race results

Girls

Race
position

Swimmer

Club

Ullswater Time

Points awarded

1

Anna Dootson

Cockermouth

20:59

100.000

2

Macy Dootson

Cockermouth

21:41

96.772

3

Millie Bell

Carlisle

22:51

91.831

4

Elodie Malcolm

Kendal

22:48

92.032

 

Round 2 - Ullswater Race results

Boys

Race
position

Swimmer

Club

Ullswater Time

Points awarded

1

Toby Patton

Copeland

24:30

100.000

2

Max Ainsworth

Kendal

27:13

90.018



16+ / Open Age Group

Round 2 - Ullswater Race results

Girls / Ladies 

Race
position

Swimmer

Club

Ullswater Time

Points awarded

1

Rebecca Amor

Copeland

22:10

100.000

2

Shannon Parker

Ulverston

26:17

84.337

Round 2 - Ullswater Race results

Boys / Men 

Race
position

Swimmer

Club

Ullswater Time

Points awarded

1

Kes Fountain

Carlisle

21:30

100.000

2

James Amor

Copeland

23:40

90.845



ROUND 1 - Coniston Race Results

11 - 13 Years Age Group - 500m

League Position

Swimmer

Club

Coniston

Ullswater

Windermere

Points awarded after Round 1

Girls

1

Olivia O'Mahony

Cockermouth

07:15

100.000

2

Millie Sandham

Workington

07:47

NE

93.148

3

Emma Duxbury

Kendal

08:51

81.921

4

Isabelle Wall-Budden

Kendal

09:17

78.097

5

Penny Henderson

Penrith

09:26

76.855

6

Lea Glencross

Carlisle

09:35

75.652

7

Evie-Rose Sugden

Penrith

09:36

75.521

8

Rosa Henderson

Penrith

13:53

52.221

9

Isabella Armstrong

Barrow

DNS

0.000

10

Charlotte Stainer

Kendal

DNS

0.000

11

Iona Robinson

Cockermouth

DNS

0.000

Boys

1

Max Henderson

Cockermouth

07:01

100.000

2

Evan Dart

Kendal

07:57

88.620

3

Nathan Caine

Ulverston

08:03

87.164

4

Campbell Sutton

Copeland

09:11

76.407

5

Oliver Dyson

Cockermouth

DNS

0.000

6

Jackson Jardine

Copeland

DNS

0.000

7

Lenon Bell

Kendal

DNS

0.000

14 - 15 Years Age Group - 1 Mile

League Position

Swimmer

Club

Coniston

Ullswater

Windermere

Points awarded after Round 1

Girls

1

Anna Dootson

Cockermouth

21:06

100.000

2

Macy Dootson

Cockermouth

22:01

95.836

3

Millie Bell

Carlisle

22:07

95.403

5

Elodie Malcolm

Kendal

25:35

82.476

5

Molly Towers

Kendal

25:51

81.625

Boys

1

Toby Patton

Copeland

23:52

100.000

2

Max Ainsworth

Kendal

25:19

94.273

16 + Years Age Group - 1 Mile

League Position

Swimmer

Club

Coniston

Ullswater

Windermere

Points awarded after Round 1

Girls / Ladies 16+

1

Rebecca Amor

Copeland

21:31

100.000

2

Megan Sibald

Workington

24:05

NE

89.343

3

Shannon Parker

Ulverston

25:30

84.379

4

Samantha Sugden

Carlisle

26:43

NE

80.536

Boys / Men 16+

1

Kes Fountain

Carlisle

21:07

100.000

2

James Amor

Copeland

22:22

94.411

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Cumbria Open Water League Table 2019

Final positions (shows competitors who swam the required two events)
 

11 - 13 Years Age Group - 500m
League Position Swimmer Club Ullswater Derwent Coniston Windemere Total Time (Fastest 2)
1 Evie-Rose Sugden Penrith 12:51 07:40 11:26 DNS 19:06
2 Isabelle Wall-Budden Kendal 09:33 DNS 11:05 09:52 19:25
3 Keira Dunlop Workington 09:26 DNS 10:45 10:10 19:36
4 Penny Henderson Penrith 10:50 DNS 11:04 10:57 21:47
5 Kirsten Pearson-Gee Ulverston DNS DNS 11:29 12:56 24:25
1 Reggie Steele Cockermouth DNS 05:59 08:24 DNS 14:23
2 Adam Varey Cockermouth 09:31 07:02 DNS DNS 16:33
3 Archie Harding Penrith DNS 07:16 10:08 09:54 17:10
4 Nathan Caine Ulverston DNS DNS 10:24 09:58 20:02
5 Andrew Hudson Workington 13:04 DNS 11:19 10:40 21:59
14 - 15 Years Age Group - 1 Mile
League Position Swimmer Club Ullswater Derwent Coniston Windemere Total Time (Fastest 2 )
1 Millie Bell Carlisle 24:15 21:27 23:36 22:33 44:00
2 Megan Sibald Workington DNS 22:09 DNS 24:13 46:22
3 Molly Towers Kendal 26:12 23:48 25:55 22:48 46:35
4 Shannon Parker Ulverston 28:37 24:21 28:24 27:37 51:58
5 Anna Taylor Cockermouth 28:24 DNS DNS 28:35 56:59
6 Maisey Allonby Ulverston DNS DNS 31:13 29:43 01:00:56
16 + Years Age Group - 1 Mile
League Position Swimmer Club Ullswater Derwent Coniston Windemere Total Time (Fastest 2)
1 Eve Dootson Cockermouth 22:43 20:16 DNS DNS 42:59
2 Abbie Winstanley Cockermouth 22:36 DNS 22:42 22:10 44:46
1 Kes Fountain Carlisle DNS 20:22 DNS 21:42 42:04
2 Charlie Harding Penrith 22:49 20:37 23:21 22:21 42:58
3 Ian Henderson Cockermouth 23:49 21:47 22:53 23:11 44:40
4 Phil Hawkrigg Copeland 34:03 21:49 23:14 22:56 44:45
5 James Amor Copeland DNS DNS 23:56 23:40 47:36

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