Saturday 3rd August 10:00 am and 12:00 noon


Lechlade & District Lions Club is pleased to announce their Second Open Water Swimming Race & Challenge to raise money for charity.

This event will be held on Bowmoor Lake, courtesy of the Bowmoor Sailing Club on Saturday August 3rd.  Bowmoor Lake is one of the best open water swimming locations in the Cotswolds as the lake is fed by an underground stream and the lake is managed to minimise weed growth.

The day will be split into a morning and afternoon sessions. 

The morning session will be a 5Km race for experienced open water swimmers.  A trophy will be awarded to the winner and is in memory of John Sheffield who organised our first event last year and succumbed to cancer early this year.  The Race starts at 10:00 am

The afternoon session is open to all competent swimmers who are capable of swimming at least 500m in a swimming pool.  All these events start at 12:00 noon

There will be four events to suit all levels of competence

  1. 200m swim close to the bank
  2. 1000m around a 1km course marked by buoys
  3. 2000m, twice round the 1km course
  4. 3000m, three times round the 1km course.

These are not races but an opportunity to challenge yourself and help raise money for charity


The entry fee will be £25 for all the day’s events.  Each swimmer will be given a swim cap to wear during the event and a medal on completion.  All entrants are encouraged to get themselves sponsored , you can download the sponsor form here.  All the money raised will be shared 50/50 with the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the Lions Charity fund.

Safety is a key consideration and all entrants are advised to wear a wet suit.  The local scouts will be providing a monitoring and rescue service from several canoes strategically placed around the lake, and the Bowmoor Sailing Club rescue boat will be deployed.

Refreshments will be available for entrants, spectators and helpers for a nominal cost.

If you would like to participate then download the entry form here and send it back to the organisers.

Bowmoor Sailing Club is on the A417 between Lechlade and Fairford:  map

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