Chillswim Coniston 5.25 Miles End to End

Chillswim Coniston: 5.25 miles end to end. Saturday 5th September 2020



2020 Event

The 2020 Chillswim Coniston Swim will be held on Saturday 5th September. This will be the 8th year of this incredible swimming event!

Chillswim Coniston has been sold out every year since its inception. It's a unique swim with a highly experienced management team.

We have 750 swimmers complete the full length of lake swim in 7 separate starts based on your average mile pace to give you the best experience possible. The Chillswim team works hard on the detail, and also live locally to be able to build great relationships with our event stakeholders, so all you have to do is focus on your 5.25 mile swim on event day. This event has always been a wetsuit optional swim.

Entry includes:
• Transport to the start and from the finish back to the race HQ car park
• Professional water safety team supporting the swim 
• Four feed stations along the route providing energy drinks & jelly babies!
• Chillswim Coniston silicone event swim hat
• Free parking on race day for participants
• Chillswim Coniston event medal for each participant
• Chillswim Coniston event hoody for each participant
• Age Group Prizes for wetsuit & non-wetsuit categories 

Entry fee:
  • Standard Entry Fee: £95
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 mile marker buoys and support watercraft will direct swimmers. 

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 jelly babies :-).

Mandatory Tow-Float Use
You must wear a swim tow-float/dry bag for this event.  Please note that the entry fee does not include a tow-float, these are widely available online, via swim clubs and also in shops. In 2013 when we first launched this event Chillswim Coniston was the first mass participation event in the UK to have tow-float use as mandatory. We also spearheaded the introduction of these devices to open water swimmers! Seven years later we know that a lot of swimmers have tow-floats, so we no longer include them in the entry fee.

How does the event work?
Here are a few tips on how the event flows and what to expect:
  • Turn up at the Event HQ either the evening before or the morning of the swim and we'll give you your race pack with swim hat, timing chip, and wrist band for your allocated bus shuttle time.  
  • Wetsuit swimmers can get changed at the Event HQ with baggage storage available. 
  • Non wetsuit swimmers take their bag with them to the start, with baggage transport to the finish.
  • You board the bus according to your event start time (based on your predicted mile pace).
  • We have a large marquee at the start for shade (!) or rain and a relaxed atmosphere to prepare you for your full length of lake swim. A full event briefing is given to you at the start of the swim.
  • As you set off, water safety kayakers and support boats are there to look out for, and support, you.  
  • Mile markers are positioned to help guide you down the lake with feed stations starting at mile 1.5.
  • You can stop for a drink at the feed stations or swim past and continue on your swim for the 5.25 miles. 
  • At the finish, your medal is placed around your neck, a warm drink awaits and buses are on hand to shuttle you back to Event HQ.  
  • Non wetsuit swimmers can change at the finish area and wetsuit swimmers can use the changing rooms and showers at Event HQ.
  • Although this really event is about taking part and completing the journey, we do have prizes for the fastest in each age group for both wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers. 

What pace should I put down when I enter? 
The entry system asks for your mile pace. In all seriousness we'd recommend you put down a good time that you'd swim a mile in when in a pool or doing a open water event, if one time is faster than the other then put the faster time. The key thing is NOT to put a much slower time down than you can swim. We know some people want to be a fast person in a slow wave, but as each wave is based on a time band of swimmers it doesn't work for the water safety team if a 30 min swimmer is in a 45 min pace group (and you will be asked to slow down, this won't happen if you enter your correct mile pace). 

So remember that you'll be training for the event during the summer, and probably improving, and put down a good mile time to start off with. If you need to change your mile time then simply log back into the entry system at and you can change your pace up to one month before the event. On the day the more relaxed pace swimmers (65 min pace) head off first and then around every 40 mins another slightly speedier paced wave goes in the water. You'll have a much better experience during the swim if you put down an accurate swim time and are grouped correctly. 

What time does the event finish?
Swimmers will arrive at the finish between around 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 an age limit?
Competitors must be a minimum of 16 years old on the day of the event. There is no upper age limit.

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. 2.30 pm. With the sweep boat making sure that everyone is out of the water by 3pm, which is normally plenty of time for even the most relaxed swimmers taking in the view and having a chat!

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.

Chillswim Coniston 2015 Results

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Chillswim Coniston 2016 Results

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Chillswim Coniston 2017 Results

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Chillswim Coniston 2018 Results

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Chillswim Coniston 2019 Results

Full results for Chillswim Coniston 2019