British Gas Great London Swim Event

Started in 2008, Great Swim holds UK’s greastest open water swimming series with mass participation events in various cities of UK. British Gas Great London swim started in 2009 after the voluminous success of its parent event (Great Swim) in 2008, and is one event among a series of swimming events held by ‘Great Swim’. It is a one day event held every summer, with all sorts of swimmers; from first timers, to Olympic champions participating with great fervor and a timer chip is tied along the ankle of every swimmer which starts after one crosses the starting point. The venue for the event is Royal Victoria Docks in East London near Canary Wharf.


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    A swimming event, called Great Swim, opened in 2008 with a magnificent start attracting 2200 swimmers of various age groups including 5 out of 6 olympic gold medalists.  Due to its mass popularity, the race expanded into 4 events in 2009, with one of these events being held in Royal Victoria Dock. The title of this event included the sponsors name ‘british gas,’ and the full name of this event became British Gas Great London Swim.

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    British Gas Great London Swim is a swimming competititon of one mile distance. The race includes various challenges for all faction of swimmers  from first time swimmers to the Olympic champions. Although it is not a charity event, but various participants still raise money for various charities they support.

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    Important Dates

    The race event is held every year in Summer.  For 2012, the date decided for the event is May 26th, 2012.

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    It is a one day event and the time duration is usually 9:00 hours to 15:30 hours.

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    How to contact

    You may contact the Great Swim at their below mentioned address or email.

    Location: Great Swim, PO Box 1RY, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE99 1RY, United Kingdom.


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    Royal Victoria Dock, London, United Kingdom.

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    How to Get to Britsh Gas Great London Swim

    By tube

    From the nearby Canning Town tube station, move SouthEast on Silvertown way towards Wouldham road. Take a slight left on Tidal Basin Road and turn right on Western Gateway to access Royal Victoria Dock on your Left. View Map

    By Bus

    The nearest bus stop is Custom House, ExCel Olympic Shuttle (E-bound). You may ride any buses numbering between 1 to 15 to reach this bus stop.

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