1500m, 2500k, 5K

Roadford Lake Swim Autumn

August 31, 2024
from 3:00 pm

Which race? See below..


The Roadford Lake Swim returns for a third year. It’s such a great venue that we’ve added a September date when the water temperature should be higher. We’ve also moved the swims to Saturday afternoon. This will ensure plenty of space for parking and a large area swimmers to leave their bags. It should also ensure we can run on time as there is no chance of the triathlon swims holding up proceedings.

It’s a superb lake swimming venue where you’re not normally allowed to swim! There’s also lakeside camping available if you want to make a weekend of it. New for 2024 is our 750m swim. It’s perfect for open water first timers or younger children.

We are setting a swim course with a 750m & 1250m lap. So the 1500m swim is two laps, the 2.5k is 2 laps & the 5k is 4 laps. New for the Autumn is a 500m swim. See our map of the course

What you get

  • Quality event t-shirt (choice of cotton or tech)
  • Finishers medals for all + podium medals
  • Free silicone Swim hats
  • secure baggage drop
  • Toilets
  • Public liability insurance
  • Full water Safety Team
  • Professional chip timing
  • Lakeside camping available


5K Swim

15 by end of year of competition
Start Time: 4pm

2.5K Swim

13 by end of year of competition
Start Time: 4pm

1500M Swim

12 by end of year of competition
Start Time: 3pm


750M Swim

12 by end of year of competition
Start Time: 3pm

500M Swim

11 by end of year of competition
Start Time: 3pm




There is plenty of parking at the Cafe. We ask anyone camping at the Activity Centre on Saturday night to cycle or walk over to the start in the morning.

Awards & Medals

There is a custom medal for all finishers.

In addition we have podium medals for the Top 3 overall in a number of categories. These will vary depending on entry numbers

Please note we operate a one prize per person policy. So if a vet is the overall winner they will get that medal & prize & the other Vet 40s will move up one place.


How environmentally friendly are you?

We're doing our best to minimise our environmental impact. Here are a few of our initiatives. Trees Not Tees For all the events where we include a t-shirt, we're now offering the option to plant a tree instead. We've partnered with Treesnottees.com to make this happen. Avoiding Single Use Plastics We use paper cups designed to be fully recycled back into high grade paper. Medals now optional We know quite a lot of competitors are not interested in finishers medals so they are now optional. We make a £2 charity donation for every medal not selected. Swim hats on request We still supply swim hats for our open water swim events as they help the water safety teams keep track of swimmers. However for all our pool events, swim hats are now on request to reduce wastage. Zip Ties & waste We only use reusable zip ties. We minimise single use plastics & sort rubbish for recycling after our events. Food is not wasted For events, such as our cycling sportives, where we're know for our excellent feed stations, all left over food goes to the local foodbank. Reducing Car use In Devon where most of our events take place this is easier said than done. However at our Burrator 10K running race we offer a £5 discount to anyone who commits to walking or cycling to the event. We'll be looking to add this to other events in the future. To read more about our sustainability policies read our article

What do I need to bring with me to an open water swim?

You will need your swim suit, and if required, your wetsuit. You'll also need some decent goggles that don't leak. Many people bring old trainers or flipflops to where while waiting for the race to start. It's essential to have warm, easy to pull on clothes to change into afterwards. Remember cold fingers can make buttons & zips tricky. The layered clothing approach is best along with warm socks & a warm hat to reduce heat loss from your extremities. A flask of your favourite hot drink is also a good idea  

Do I need to wear a wetsuit for your open water swims?

No you don't!  However if you're new to open water swimming and haven't trained regularly in open water, we strongly recommend you wear a wet-suit. And for almost everyone a wet-suit will mean you swim faster too.

Are your open water swims suitable for beginners?

Yes they are. We recommend you start with one of the shorter distances and make sure you do some open water swimming in advance. See our Open Water Swimming Tips for more advice




Roadford Lake, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, PL16 0RL

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Thank you so much for a fantastic event. It was so well organised and so friendly. Really enjoyed the day. Thank you ?
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