Great East Swim
Charlie Stainforth, June 22, 2011
Roughly one hour’s train journey from London Liverpool Street, the event was set at Alton Water reservoir, southern Suffolk’s open water swimming lake. Overall the site hosted 3,000 people during the day across the half-mile, 1 mile and 2 mile distances. Whilst the event ran like clockwork across the waves of swimmers, I particularly enjoyed the Farmers’ Market which was placed right on the waters’ edge – a welcome yet bizarre combination of adventure and local produce.
Download the Great East Swim course map for details on all three distances.
Address: Alton Water, Holbrook Road, Stutton, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2RY.
To get there by train your can either alight at Ipswich station which is a 10 miles taxi-ride to Alton Water. Alternatively take the train all the way to Wrabness station which is 3 miles from Alton Water.
For taxi bookings, call Avenue taxis on 01473 40 70 70. Wrabness station has no taxi rank so you’ll need to book in advance if you’re aiming to get off at there.