1500m, 2500k, 5K

Roadford Lake Swim

September 11, 2022
from 10:00 am

Which race? See below..


We expect this lake swimming event to be popular so early registration recommended.

Open water swimming returns to Roadford Lake in 2022. 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

What you get

Quality event t-shirt (choice of cotton or tech)
Finishers medals for all + podium medals
Free silicone Swim hats
Public liability insurance
Water Safety Team
Professional chip timing


5K Swim

SEPT 11th 2022
15+ on 31st Dec 2022
Start Time: 10:00am

3K Swim

SEPT 11th 2022
3K Lake Swim
14+ on 31st Dec 2022
Start Time: 10:10am

1500M Swim

SEPT 11th 2022
1.5k swim
13+ on 31st Dec 2022
Start Times, 10.20am




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 For 2022 we have sourced new paper cups designed to be fully recycled back into high grade paper. They look and feel exactly the same as conventional plastic coated, or PLA coated cups - The key difference is that these cups are actually optimised to be recycled back into high grade paper using conventional paper recycling equipment [Paper mills do not need to change or invest in new machinery]. This supports a circular economy where the valuable cup paper fibre can be recycled many times. We are also looking at going fully cup less on some of our longer events - watch this space.. Our cycling events are already largely cup less. Zip Ties & waste We use reusable zip ties where ever possible. We minimise our use of disposable plastic and sort rubbish from our events into the relevant categories for recycling. 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 where feasible.    

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?

Our sea swims at Blackpool Sands (Dartmouth Sea Swim) and Goodrington Sands (English Riviera Swim) are run under British Triathlon rules. Wetsuits will be compulsory if the temperature is below 14C. If the water temperature is below 11.9C we will shorten the swim(s) to 500 metres. If the temperature is below 11C the swim will be cancelled. In practice at Blackpool Sands wetsuits will normally be compulsory. At Goodrington Sands in July they are generally optional. Wetsuits are likely to be optional at the Roadford Lake Swims and Dawlish Swims in September. However if you're new to open water swimming we strongly recommend you wear a wetsuit and for almost everyone a wetsuit 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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