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2013 WomenOnly Swim Event Pack

When is the eventSunday 7th July 2013
Where is the Event
Eton Rowing Centre, Dorney Lake, Nr Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6QP

WomenOnly Swim Course Map

Provisional Wave Start Times:

WomenOnly Swim

This WomenOnly Swim is taking place at Dorney Lake which was used for the 2012 Olympic Rowing events. All three distances are on the same loop course taking place at the bottom end of the lake, near to the boat house.

Why not make a family day of it? There are SuperTri Youth & Junior Triathlon waves and a Scootathlon taking place on the same day, more information and entry can be found here: SuperTri Children's Youth & Junior Triathlon and Scootathlon.

WomenOnly Swim Venue and Car Parking
The venue is private property - the Eton College Rowing Centre, Dorney Lake is near Eton Wick SL4 6QP. Please leave plenty of time to get here. Car parking will be situated along the drive, to the side of the lake, on the fields as you drive into Dorney Lake. The only access will be via the MAIN access road. Please arrive in good time and follow the instructions from the car parking marshals.

Please arrive in good time to allow for the 800m walk to the village area. Car parking will be on a grassed area. Just follow the signs as you come into the venue to the designated event car park. Please keep off the bike and run course when you leave. Arrival and departure is allowed any time.

Detailed Road, Rail and Taxi Instructions HERE

WomenOnly Swim Registration
Registration will take place in the marquee between 7:30am and 8:45am. Please bring photo ID with you to registration. Find your race number from the lists on display, and then show your ID to pick up your race pack, timing chip and race memento from the registration tables. Your race pack will contain a swim cap and a sticky number with your race number on it. We will also be writing your number on to your hand in black marker pen.

Will we be providing a secure baggage area next to registration.

Instructions for Applying Your Numbered Sticker
You will receive a sticky number in your race pack, which is to be stuck onto your swim cap. In order to work the swim cap needs to be stretched out, put your swim cap on your head and then place the sticker on the front of the cap. Be careful when you do this as there is only one sticker printed for you and there will not be a spare number if you do it wrong. DO NOT AFFIX TO YOUR WETSUIT.

Electronic Timing
Timing mats will be positioned at the end of the swim. You will need to collect your ankle timing chip before you leave the registration marquee. The timing chip should be threaded through the Velcro strap which is then placed around your ankle as low down as possible. As well as providing you with an accurate time for your swim, this timing chip will be used for security and identification purposes at the start. If you lose your timing chip then there will be a charge of £35 to replace it – so don’t lose it…

Your finish time will be clocked as you exit the water under the large black inflatable arch.

Safety and First Aid
Medical teams and ambulances will be available in case of accidents. There will be plenty of water safety personnel on the lake for the swim, including divers as an additional spotters.

If you have any known medical condition, (such as diabetes, asthma, allergy to penicillin, etc.) please inform us prior to the race by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IMPORTANT: If you feel unwell on the day - don’t swim!

IMPORTANT: If for any reason throughout the swim you decide to stop swimming and get out you MUST inform one of the Human Race crew and return your timing chip so that we do not think that you are still in the water!

Baggage Store
A baggage store will be available, however space is limited so please keep your bags small. If you are coming by car, it would be helpful to leave your items locked in your boot. Please do all you can to ensure the security of your belongings as we cannot accept responsibility for any loss of property.

There are portable toilets situated near registration, plus toilets and showering facilities available in the boathouse. Access to these and catering services (upstairs in the boathouse) will be available all day, along with further catering vans in the event village area. There are also a few outdoor catering vans near the Registration area.

After your swim there will be a couple of Milton Dips available by the registration Marquee to dip your wetsuits in. We recommend dipping your wetsuits in the sterile solution after any of our swim events.

Dorney Lake is private property and is closed to members of the general public. We have hired the venue for our events and we welcome our competitors and their spectators. The surrounding areas of Dorney Lake have plenty of space for spectators. Spectators will be able to watch the swim from the tow path along the side of the return lake.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES are spectators to enter the water.

Dogs are welcome at Dorney Lake but MUST be kept on a lead at all times please. No ball games are allowed anywhere on the venue. Children must be kept under control and supervised at all times –the lake is very deep! Remember we are at Dorney Lake as guests, so please act accordingly and please don’t leave any rubbish.

Photographers will be present on the course and at the finish line. The photographers will identify you by the sticky number on your swim hat, so make sure it is visible on the front of your hat to ensure they get some pictures of you. Photographs can be purchased from within 48 hours of the event.

Use of Wetsuits
Wetsuits are optional for all swimmers. However, if you are new to open water swimming the use of a wetsuit is advisable as they provide you with extra warmth and buoyancy. It is a good idea to have practiced swimming in the wetsuit prior to the event to ensure it fits and to also familiarise yourself within the open water environment.

·         Gloves and booties can be used
·         The Swims will not be cancelled if the temperature falls below 11 degrees
·         Wetsuits are optional

blueseventyConsider using a lubricant product around the neck area to avoid wetsuit friction. Please check with your wetsuit brand as to the best product to use. Human Race do not know the technical details of each wetsuit so are not able to assist you with this matter. Please write your name inside your wetsuit.

For information about wetsuit purchase and hire visit Human Race Wetsuit Shop.


There will be buoys to indicate where to turn dependent on the distance you are doing (see map above), keep all buoys on your right. There will be a briefing on the land before each wave. All competitors start and finish in the same place.

750m swim: complete one lap of the course.
1500m swim: complete two laps of the course.
3km swim: complete four laps of the course.

Goggles and wetsuits are recommended for lake swimming. Once you have completed the swim you will cross the timing mat as you exit the water.

Swimmers - please note there will be a triathlon event starting after your swims have finish at Dorney Lake.

Start Times
All swimmers of each distance will be set off at the same time. We would ask you to position yourself within the swim pack according to your swimming ability. For instance, stronger swimmers will be positioned at the front.

Provisional Start Times:

WomenOnly Swim Start Times

Cut Off Time
3km swimmers must be able to complete the course in under 1 hour and 30 minutes.

If you have a disability and require assistance in any way (such as racing with a guide) or have any concerns about the course, please contact our operations team in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These requests will be assessed on an individual basis.

If, for any reason, you need to withdraw from the event, you should read our Withdrawals Policy on the website and follow the instructions there.

IMPORTANT: If for any reason throughout the event you decide to stop you MUST inform one of the Human Race crew so that we do not think that you are still in the water.

Provisional results will be on the website as soon as possible after the race.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1500m and 3km: Prizes will be awarded to the first three.
750m: Prize will be awarded to the first finisher.

Relax & Recover
We will have refreshing Vita Coco natural coconut water for you to enjoy on the finish line along with PowerBar products.

Vita Coco PowerBar

In the lead up to the event Wiggle have put together this handy Swim Checklist to make sure there are no surprises on race morning. Everything is available with the click of a mouse with free UK delivery – and Wiggle can even guarantee next day delivery for a little more!


·         Wetsuit: click here
·         Goggles: click here
·         Swim Caps: click here
·         Swimwear: click here
·         Swim Accessories: click here
·         Bodyglide: click here
·         Quick Dry Towels: click here


Vita Coco H2Open  Marriott CEP SportCam  Wiggle
 JustGiving  PowerBar  TriathlonPlus  blueseventy  Breast Cancer Care

Make Your Event Count
Breast Cancer CareBreast Cancer Care are the official charity partner for the WomenOnly Swim. Every year 50,000 women and men will receive the devastating news that they have breast cancer. Breast Cancer Care wants to be there for every one of them, providing expert information and skilled emotional and practical support, informed by their clinical expertise and their understanding of people’s experience.

There is still time to join Team Breast Cancer Care and help raise money for a great cause. You can set up a fundraising page here.

And Finally...
Enjoy the event! The marshals are there for your safety, and the occasional thank you does wonders. We are honoured to hold the race in such a beautiful environment. Please respect the area, keep it clean and tidy and avoid littering. Please take your rubbish home.

Contact Us
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Phone (Office Hours): 0208 391 3913

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