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Long distance open water swimming isn’t just about swimming around buoys in a loop– it’s about the journey.  Travelling the length of a lake from one end to the other, swimming across a channel, or completing a swim from one set point to another gives the swim meaning.  You haven’t swum a lake until you have completed the full length of it. 

Chillswim specialises in open water swimming and is passionate about creating the world’s best open water swimming events.

The arena Chillswim Coniston is a mass participation, fully supported swim the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water, in the Lake District.

Entry includes:

  • Transport to the start and from the finish back to the race HQ car park 
  • Water safety support along the swim
  • Five feed stations along the route providing drinks 
  • Silicone swim hat
  • Free parking on race day for participants
  • Medal to each participant 
  • Chillswim Coniston end to end participation certificate
  • Goody Bag

Entry fee:
Really early bird: £90 (expires 14 Jan)
Early bird: £95 (15 Jan - 30 Jan)
Standard Entry Fee: £100 (1 Feb - 15 June)
Late Entry Fee: £105 (15 June)

Minimum age: 16 on day of event


The route starts at the south of the lake and finish at the north shore end next to Monk Coniston Car Park. After the first mile swimmers will keep within approximately 50 metres of the shore and event buoys and support water craft will direct swimmers.


Coniston Website Map

(Please note the route may be reversed depending on wind direction on the day)

Feed stations

There will be four boat-based feed stations along the route near to the shore roughly every mile of the swim with water, sports drink and gels. 

Chillswim Coniston Swimmers

Mandatory Tow-Float Use

Please note that the entry fee does not include a tow-float, these are available to buy from our partner shop www.swimsecure.co.uk Back in the day when we first launched this event (2013) we were the first mass participation event in the UK to have tow-float use as mandatory, and we also spearheaded the introduction of these devices to open water swimmers! Now we know that a lot of swimmers have them, so we no longer include them in the entry fee.

What time does the event start?
It depends on your pace! For the enjoyment of all swimmers, and to ensure a comprehensive level of safety cover for the duration of the swim, we group swimmers into similarly paced groups with the slowest swimmers starting first and the faster swimmers starting last. DOWNLOAD THE FINAL SWIMMER INFO PACK HERE WITH ALL THE EVENT TIMINGS.

Your experience of the arena Chillswim Coniston event will largely depend on the accuracy of your entered expected pace, as we want all swimmers to have an unimpeded swim of one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.

The precise breakdown of the groups will be determined by the swimmer paces submitted in the entry system. Every swimmer is allocated a seat on a bus to the start, where the swim briefing is given by Colin. Then swimmers enter the water, it's all chip timed so there is no gun start for each group. The slowest swimmers will be on the first bus and the fastest swimmers will be on the last bus. So far our fastest entered pace is 22 minutes per mile, and our slowest pace is 65 minutes per mile so we have a fantastic spread of ability and pace representing the full range of the open water swimming community. The first bus will be at 07:30 and the last bus at 10:30.We will book the buses once everyone's final pace is submitted and we can calculate how many buses we need at each time.

What time does the event finish?

This is an easier question! Swimmers will arrive at the finish between approx midday and 2.45pm and prize giving will be held as soon as possible after the last swimmer is out of the water, back at the event HQ (John Ruskin School). If you stay for the prize giving you can expect to be on the road by 4.30pm. However, our contingency day in case of horrendous weather is on the Sunday, so why not make a weekend of it up in the Lakes?

Is there a cut off time?

We have a cut-off swim time of 65 minutes per mile, so with the staggered starts we the last swimmer will be out of the water by approx 2.45pm. Any swimmer in the water at 3pm will be taken out of the water by our safety boat team to the finish.

When does registration open?
Registration will be open on Friday evening from 18.30 - 20.30, and on Saturday morning from 7am. So those early swimmers will have chance to register on either day.

Can I swim with a friend?
If you are your friend are identical paces, and have this entered in the registration system then you will be placed in the same start group. However if you have a difference of even a couple of minutes per mile we recommend that you don't try to compromise your own pace to promise to swim with a friend. We have found that inevitably one person is faster than the other, which can be frustrating for you and cause the faster swimmer to get cold waiting for the second swimmer.