Swim Long. 5th September 2020

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  • Individual - 5k - £35.00
  • Individual - 10k - £45.00

Closing Date: Online entries close 5 days pre-event.

Event Date:
Saturday 5th September 2020 


The Overstrand, Boscombe, BH5 1BN View Location


The Swim Long event is a GPS tracked point to point sea swim. The route is a simple traverse along the seafront to Hengistbury Head (and back). Swimmer's handrail the beach by 10 meters. Each swimmer is issued a tow float that carries their GPS tracker and acts as an emergency buoyancy aid should it be required.  Supporters, friends, and family can accurately track the swimmers as they move along the course. The swims start at Boscombe pier and are an out and backs. Drink stations will be present at the turn points. Please see the 'Event information pack' for more details.


The Swim Long event is a self-navigation, GPS tracked adventure swim. Swimmers use the event issued tow floats that house the GPS units and provide emergency buoyancy should it be required.  Navigation is relatively easy and swimmers are to handrail the coastline by approx 10 meters. The swimmers are monitored by Geo Tracks at the event HQ, water safety craft and beach spotters who will patrol the swim course. Only experienced swimmers who are confident of completing the distance should enter. 


  • 06:30 Registration opens (Boscombe seafront) 
  • 07:00 Rolling start for 10km
  • 07:45 Rolling start for 5km


    • GPS Live event tracking
    • Water safety craft            
    • Hot showers and changing areas (at Boscombe, if open)
    • Toilets (at Boscombe, if open)  
    • Event medic
    • Drinks and feed stations on course   
    • Baggage storage in the registration tent
    • Finishers medals to be ordered when booking 
    • Event T-shirts / hooded tops to be ordered when booking 

      Pre-event information pack:
      The 2020 event information pack is now available. All entrants will be emailed a reminder to read the event information. It is a condition of entry to this event that you participate according to the instructions in the event information. We do not post out information.

      GPS Tracking and tow floats:

      Each swimmer will be issued a GPS Tracker at event registration. The tracker will be placed inside an inflated swim tow float. The tow float is then attached by the swimmer to their waist via the waist strap. Swimmers can be tracked by visiting the following the below links. Tracker icons will appear on the live view tracking map 5 mins before the start of the event.


      Votwo has successfully organized long-distance open water swimming events from Boscombe seafront for a number of years. The prevailing weather conditions in early September are normally very acceptable for sea swimming. However.....  swimmer safety is paramount and the swim will be postponed or canceled if the predicted or actual sea state falls outside of the event safety parameters. The event director will keep entrants updated in the lead up to the event by email and post on Votwo Facebook page.  All entrants are to read the terms and conditions to the entry of the event before entering! T@Cs can be viewed here.

      Event rules:

      As part of the entry system to the event, all participants agree to the following:       

      • All swimmers will read and adhere to the 'Participant Event Information' (available to download from this event web page approx 2 weeks pre-event date)  
      • All swimmers must wear the issued swim hat, swim float and GPS tracker during the course of the swim event
      • All swimmers will follow the course as described on the course maps
      • All swimmers understand that this is a self-navigation swim handrailing the coastline and swimmers will stay within approx 10 meters of the beach at all times
      Cut off times:   
      • 10km - 4hr 30mins   
      • 5km - 2hr 20mins   
      • Swimmers over these times will be collected from the water and returned to shore

        Refunds / transfers:

         For full Votwo T&C's please click here. 









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