This is a great opportunity for swimmers of all abilities to take part in an organised sea swim in the fantastic setting of Carlingford Lough with both the Mourne and Cooley Mountains in the background. The swim starts at the iconic Outdoor Swimming Baths in Warrenpoint. Please find below some additional information on the event to make everything as smooth as possible on the day.
Distance: 1.6km (approx. 64 lenghts of a pool)
Location: Warrenpoint Baths / Beach (East Coast Adventure)
Start Time: 12noon Sunday – 25th June
Registration / collection of number: 10.30-11.30am
This is a race is effected by tides and therefore must start on time.
Cost: £15 Adults Online £25 Adults on the day Kids £5
Directions: Google map CLICK HERE
Warrenpoint is situated approx. 10 min drive outside Newry. If approaching from Dublin or Belfast take the turn off for Mourne Scenic Route and follow the signs for the A2, Warrenpoint and Kilkeel.
You will go onto a dual carriageway and that will take you straight to Warrenpoint. When in the town of Warrenpoint keep going straight at the round-a-bout. When the road meets a T junction and the sea is straight in front, you are there. The Swimming Baths are hard to miss and are now run by East Coast Adventure and opposite the Whistledown Hotel (Searchable on google maps).
Parking is on the road side. There should be plenty of parking available along the promenade either side of the Baths. Do not Park on the beach or block access to the beach slip way.
You have pre-registered through the Active website. You will need to collect your race number on the day. The registration desk is open 1 hour before start time and will close 30 mins before start time.
Event briefing and information will take place 15 minutes before the start time. If you miss this you will not be allowed to enter the event. The course will be explained for the swim as well as safety info.
Juniors – under the age of 18 must have the disclaimer signed by a parent or guardian and be both confident and competent to swim the course.
There is an age limit of 16 years old.
Water safety is paramount at Camlough Lake. There will be lifeguards, safety boats and kayaks in the water to offer you a pleasant start to your race.
The traditional event route is a triangular circuit in an anti-clockwise direction from the baths to Gunnaway Rock across back to the baths. The race course may be changed, adjusted, shortened or even cancelled depending on the weather conditions.
At the finish make sure you clear the water, run up the finish shoot and provide your race number to officials to record your finish time.
Swimmers should be capable of swimming 1.5km in sea conditions. Train for the worst and hope for the best!!
Spectators are more than welcome. There is a beach on Warrenpoint where spectators can safely gather. The Baths are under management of East Coast Adventure and access to the baths is solely at their discretion.
Prize giving will be after the event at the Whistledown Hotel. Post event catering will be provided there with compliments of the Whistledown Hotel for competitors only.
More information and some tips is available through the event listing on our website – http://clwf.eu/?p=1594
We look forward to seeing on at the event and wish you all the best with your event. The CLWF team will be available to answer any questions you may have. Don’t be afraid to ask – we are all learning.