Clevedonians Return To The Waves With Clevedon Open Water Events
After keeping to dry land in 2020 for obvious reasons, The Clevedon Open Water events are back for the summer of 2021. The Long Swim and the Swim Run have a long history in Clevedon, dating back to the early 1900s with the formation of a club called Clevedon Aquatic Sports. Starting with regattas from Pier beach, events included plank and shovel races and a raft for boxing matches! Local boatmen towed a plank with a surf riding competitor sat astride, and “walking the pole” also featured, with the pole tethered off the rocks adjacent to the pier.
2021 Open Water Event Schedule
14th August 8am-11am
SwimRun in the UK is now hugely popular with quite a few events up and down the country. The event started in Sweden and is called Otillo. Most are long distance (about 20-30k) so aimed more at elite athletes. They are also very expensive to enter.
Clevedon’s SwimRun first started back in 2017, when SwimRun wasn’t widely known, and designed ours for all abilities. So, the event is a much shorter course, with about 6k running and 1k of swimming but split into a few short runs with a short swim in between each. While this makes it idea for beginners, the nature of SwimRun, with the constant in and out of water, is a good physical challenge for anybody looking for a change from pure running or swimming.
Due to it’s short length and the warmish water in the lake, you don’t need any special kit, it can easily be done in running shorts, t-shirt and old pair of trainers.
Clevedon Long Swim
28th August 10am-1pm
This historic swim has been held in Clevedon since at least 1928, which is when two large silver trophies were first presented to the fastest swimmers. These were called The Oakhill Brewery cup for men and The Rose Bowl trophy for the ladies. Keeping with tradition, these are only presented to non-wetsuit swimmers. The swim starts at Ladye Bay after the tide has turned. Swimmers are then carried swiftly back on the River Severn’s famously fast tide, under the Grade 1 pier, and finish at Clevedon beach.