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Hampton Court Swim

When is the eventDate TBC in 2015 Where is the Event Hampton Court, Surrey

  • @HumanRaceEvents thank you, was a brilliant event and a mile further than I had ever swam.

    Paul Suett - @PaulCelebSuett
  • First ever open water swim event yesterday, #HamptonCourtSwim, thanks for a great day @humanraceevents

    Peter Leek - @peterleek
  • Swam 2.25 miles of the Thames today, great experience! Thank you @HumanRaceEvents #hamptoncourtswim

    Dot Thompson - @dkthompson
  • Thanks to everyone at @HumanRaceEvents Hampton Court. Great event and pb beaten.

    Martin Warren - @MartWarren
  • And this is how we finish! Fins up! Awesome & well organized race by @HumanRaceEvents Well done guys! @themermaidclub

    Running Mermaid - @Running_Mermaid
  • My first @HumanRaceEvents event today for #hamptoncourtswim - brilliant event swimming the Thames, see you in Marlow.

    Mardi McBrien - @MardiMcB
  • 7-minute improvement on my previous @HumanRaceEvents Hampton Court time today! Very pleased!

    Francoise Harvey - @zarahruth
  • @HumanRaceEvents marshals and staff were super friendly, making this a really joyful race to be at. Thank you, see you next year :)

    A Year in Tri - @AYearInTri
  • Loved the Hampton Court swim this morning. Thank you to all the @HumanRaceEvents crew. Will def be back next year.

    Claire Adamson - @anotheradamson
  • Great fun this morning, 2.25 miles of the Thames from Hampton Court. Thanks to @HumanRaceEvents

    Giles Roca - @GilesRoca
  • Awesome swim @HumanRaceEvents Hampton Court. My awesome Helix keeping me flying along. Thanks @blueseventy !!

    Jessica Thorpe - @thorpedojess
  • Did it! Swam Hampton Court to Kingston bridge in the @HumanRaceEvents thing. Just your average Sunday morning - not. Pretty chuffed :)

    Katie Harrison - @KatieHarrisonTF
  • Just done a beautiful @HamptonCourtUK swim @HumanRaceEvents 3.6km in 1hr & 1/13th second incl 2 leaky goggle stops!

    Helen Croydon - @helen_croydon
  • Well done to our swimmers who took place in the Hampton Court race this morning. Another amazingly well organised event by @HumanRaceEvents

    Sevenoaks Swim Club - @7oaksSwim
  • Many thanks to the crew and water safety team on @HumanRaceEvents #hamptoncourtswim this morning. Awesome job and awesome swim. Loved it ta!

    Rob - @r30rob

Hampton Court Swim Event Information

Open Water River Swim: 2.25 miles (3,650m)


Hampton Court - the original and still the most popular! The Open Water Swim Series is proud to return to this iconic location for 2.25 miles of river swimming at its best. Open water swimming in the Thames is an amazing challenge whether you are elite or a beginner and taking on the two and a bit miles from Hampton Court Bridge downstream to Kingston Bridge is definitely a must for any open water swimmer.

We have introduced a brand new chip timing system to reduce the registration time at the start and once again the swim will be divided into waves based on estimated time so all participants can swim at their own pace and enjoy the wonderful experience of open water swimming in the River Thames.

There are large marker buoys approximately every 800m along the river and we have smaller buoys to ensure you stay on course. We will have a map on the day and the marker distance buoys have a measurement on them.

As with every event in the series, the Hampton Court Swim provides unparalleled levels of water safety with the experienced and knowledgeable Human Race Water Safety Crew looking after you at every stroke.

Post swim hygiene stations will be in place where participants can soak their wetsuit in sterilizing Milton Dip as well as gel pump dispensers as an added health measure.

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

All swimmers will receive an event swim cap and an exclusive Swim Series medal – so you’ll be able to collect the full set through the series! Event-specific t-shirts are also available for purchase via the event entry page and there will be lots of goodies on the day from our event partners.

The Hampton Court Swim is great for spectators, with the Thames Path following the bank of the river all the way down from start to finish, with some great opportunities for supporting your loved ones and photographing some of the great sights on both banks. This is definitely an event where bringing a camera is a must!

Changing areas, baggage store and toilets will all be available within the event village, and an event village with retailers, charity welcome areas and retailing from our event partners will be located at the finish next to Kingston Bridge.

PROVISIONAL WAVE START TIMES: 8:30am with waves going off until 10:00am

2.25 miles - Minimum Age 18 on Event Day

WETSUITS: Wetsuits are optional for all swimmers.

All entrants must be able to complete the course in under 4 hours

Event Information Pack and Maps
Hampton Court Course Map

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

This event was the inspiration for the Open Water Swim Series and again will see thousands of swimmers taking to the water at Hampton Court Palace and making their way down to the finish just up stream of the Kingston Bridge and next to the beautiful market town of Kingston Upon Thames.

Hampton Court train station is situated beside the venue.

For public transport information:

QParkCar parking in Kingston: QPark at Eden Walk (Postcode KT1 1BL)

Ideal for spectators: get your family and friends to support you along the way by taking the tow path along this picturesque stretch of river.

Parr Boat HireFerry service: Parr Boat Hire are running a special ferry service throughout the event, so park up in Kingston and catch the ferry to the start. It also provides a great vantage point for spectators.

Wetsuit Hire

WETSUIT HIREblueseventy wetsuits

blueseventyblueseventy are the Official Wetsuit partner for all Human Race swims and triathlons this year. blueseventy wetsuits are available in a range of sizes to either hire or purchase from the Human Race Shop.

Wiggle Event Checklist

You’ve done all the hard work and training and with the big event fast approaching now’s the time to double check you have all the equipment you need to perform at your best. Wiggle has put together this handy check list to make sure there are no surprises on the morning. Everything is available with the click of a mouse with free UK delivery – Wiggle can even guarantee next day delivery for a little more!

Wetsuits: click here Wiggle
Swim Wear: click here
Goggles: click here
Swim Cap: click here
Bodyglide: click here
Swim Accessories: click here
Towel: click here
Swim Bag: click here

For the biggest range of the best tri-sports products at unbeatable prices visit

Swimming in the Thames - what are the risks?

We take the health of our swimmers extremely seriously, and always carry out all the necessary pre-event precautions, including checking the pH levels, testing for E-coli and ensuring the water complies with EU Bathing Standards. However, there are still some risks associated with swimming in the Thames, and we advise you not to swim if you have been unwell in the days leading up to the race. We provide post-swim cleansing stations with Milton dip to wash your wetsuits and hand-washing facilities before you collect your bags, medal or any food. Please make sure you make thorough use of this to avoid any post-race illness. Top tips include:

- Cover any minor cuts or abrasions before your swim
- Rinse your mouth out before drinking anything post-race
- Use an antibacterial hand wash before you eat anything after the race

For more tips on how to avoid getting ill, check out this information sheet from Public Health England.

Charity and Fundraising

Sue RyderSue Ryder are the official charity of the Human Race Swim Series. Sue Ryder are there for people and their loved ones, whether it’s bringing comfort to someone’s final days or enabling them to make the most of their life. In Berkshire alone, there are 200,000 people living with an incurable illness right now. We need your help to continue offering support in our hospices, neurological care centres and in the community. Tick the fundraising box when entering your swim to join Sue Ryder’s Team Incredible or set up a fundraising page through JustGiving.

Just GivingIf you’re looking for a way to make your event count, why not raise money for a cause you care about? Head to JustGiving, make a fundraising page in a few simple steps, and share it far and wide by email and social media.

Make your Hampton Court Swim JustGiving page

Hampton Court Swim Sponsors

Great Training Destinations in Switzerland
15% off for all Dragon Ride competitors
Windsor Triathlon 2015
Chiltern 100 Sportive -
Human Race 2014-2015 Off-Road Series
Wiggle - Official Retail Partner of Human Race
Human Race Wetsuit Shop
Micro Scooter
Garmin Race Your Pace Half Marathon 2015

Open Water Swimming News

Calm seas for the last open water swim of the season
Calm seas for the last open water swim of the season

We were in Poole this weekend for the final open water swim of the season, with a course that tracks the coast down the beautiful Sandbanks Peninsula and back. The Poole Swim included swims of 750 metres, 1500 metres and 3 kilometres, making it perfect for beginners and experienced sea...

Marlow Swim race report
Marlow Swim race report

More than 400 swimmers took to the Thames this weekend for the Marlow Swim competing over distances of 750m, 1500m and 3kms. Many of the swimmers were raising funds for the official event charity Sue Ryder whilst others were out to enjoy the challenge on this bank holiday weekend.

Hampton Court Swim 2014 - Event Report
Hampton Court Swim 2014 - Event Report

In the sport of open water swimming, it must be said that the Hampton Court Swim is an event of quite some history and prestige. Not only does the scenic course meander past the regal Hampton Court Palace – scene of many a great show of its own – but also this was the fifth anniversary year. With...

A perfect day for a dip!
A perfect day for a dip!

The Human Race WomenOnly Swim Hundreds of women took advantage of the warm conditions currently being experienced in the UK by heading to Eton Dorney Rowing Lake on Sunday to compete in the Human Race WomenOnly Swim.

Top tips for Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon swim from Richard Stannard
Top tips for Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon swim from Richard Stannard

Two-time winner of the Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon, Richard Stannard, gives his top tips and advice for the swim at Windsor. His step-by-step guide is vital reading for anyone taking part this year!

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