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New open water swimming event in Hyde Park

Swim Serpentine, a new two-day open water swimming festival, will be staged in the heart of London over the weekend of 24-25 September 2016.

Organised by London Marathon Events in partnership with British Swimming, the festival will be held in and around the beautiful Serpentine in Hyde Park, the venue for the open water swimming competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

On the first day of Swim Serpentine (Saturday 24 September) up to 6,000 swimmers will have the chance to swim one mile in open water in the mass participation event. Every swimmer will be allocated to a specific start wave and there will be a total of 18 waves of swimmers setting off at regular intervals during the day. All swimmers in the mass participation mile must wear either a wetsuit or use a tow-float. Both wetsuit and tow-float hire will be available beforehand and at the Serpentine on the day.

Entry is £39.00 for UK and overseas swimmers. The public ballot entry system for Swim Serpentine is now open and will close on Friday 13 May, or when 16,000 applications have been received. Enter here now.

The second day of the festival will feature the British Open Water Swimming Championships over a 3.2km distance with a programme that will include an elite invitation 5km swim. The full programme and details of how to enter will be available in March.

“Swim Serpentine offers a unique opportunity to swim one mile in open water in a major event in the Serpentine,” said Hugh Brasher, Event Director for London Marathon Events Ltd. “We all remember the stunning images from the open water competition in the Serpentine at the London 2012 Olympic Games and this is the chance for everyone to swim in this great venue.”

David Sparkes, Chief Executive of British Swimming, said: “We are excited to be involved with London Marathon on this event to be staged in the iconic Serpentine which will bring back memories for us all of the excitement of London 2012. Now anyone interested in swimming in this world-famous open water venue has the opportunity to experience some of the London 2012 magic. We hope everyone now will sign up and get ready to swim.”