Tooting Bec Lido SwimRun II

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Tooting Bec SwimRun II

Entries close at 10pm on Thursday 21st September

After the success of the inaugural SwimRun event at Tooting Bec Lido at the beginning of June (as seen in The Guardian) we have decided to bring back the event on Sunday 24th September due to popular demand.

For our first event competitors weren't quite sure what they were signing up for, but were more than willing to throw themselves in to our trial event in this growing multi sport.  Second time round it won't be quite so daunting, but it is guaranteed to offer a challenge to everyone whether they are fresh from Otillo, or a SwimRun rookie.

Competitors will alternate between swimming and running completing a total of 1km in the lido and 8.8km  around Tooting Common over 4 swims and 4 runs.  This will all be professionally chip timed, giving you your time print outs as soon as you've crossed the line, along with your swim and run splits.

This event is open to individuals or teams of two, with everybody completing the entire distance and receiving a special SLSC carabiner!  Teams will be required to swim and run together throughout the event, offering support throughout along with a camaraderie rarely fund in other events. 

For those new to the SLSC SwimRuns, here are the rules.

  • There is no transition. You must return to the finish with the equipment that you started with, you cannot leave items around the course.
  • Swimming in your footwear is recommended but you can remove your shoes and transport them in the swim, this could include using a dry bag or float. 
  • Flotation devices are permitted during the swim, this includes pull buoys and tow floats. 
  • Use of hand paddles and flippers is allowed. 
  • You will enter the water feet first. Diving is not permitted.

Online registration will open 6 weeks prior the event date on Sunday 13th August, but please register your interest by clicking the button below, or sign up to our  mailing list in the footer (no spam, promise!)


Essential information

Tooting Bec Lido SwimRun II – 1km of swimming + 8.8km of running
Tooting Lido, London SW16 1RU
Sunday 24th September - 10:00am
Individuals & Teams
£25 per person / £20 for SLSC members

What’s great about this event?

  • Another chance to compete in a SwimRun event in 2017
  • Second SwimRun event based at a London lido venue, the iconic Tooting Lido, the UK’s largest swimming pool
  • Great value event with SLSC branded carabiner
  • Professionally Chip Timed – Immediate print out and online results

Event Q&A

What is it?

The Tooting Bec Lido SwimRun comprising 4 swims and 4 runs.

Where is it?

Tooting Lido, Tooting Bec Road, London. SW16 1RU

When is it?

Sunday 24th September - 10:00am

How much does it cost to enter?

£25 per person / £20 for SLSC members

Is the SwimRun open to everyone?

The event is open to anyone over the age of 18.

Is the SwimRun Chip Timed?

Yes, the event will be professionally chip timed allowing you to receive a print out of your splits as well as viewing the results online post event. You will receive your chip on a neoprene band to attach to your ankle at registration.

Can I enter as a team?

Yes, the event is open to teams of 2.  Each member of the team is required to complete the full distance and stay within 5 metres of each other throughout.  They will not be tethered.

When does event day registration open?

Registration will be open from 1 hour prior to the start, where you will be given race numbers and final instructions for the event.  There will be a race briefing prior to the start.

What is the run route?

The 4 run routes will be signposted and marshaled and can be seen on the map.  

Will there be safety supervision?

Life guards will be present at the pool, as well as marshals on the run course for your safety.

Where is transition?

There is no transition as competitors will run and swim in all of their kit.  There will however be a bag drop facility.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your printed race confirmation.

What do I need for the event?

All kit must be kept with competitors at all times

-Compulsory kit:
Running Shoes (laced rather than elastic laces so that they stay on during the swim)
Participants must wear a tri suit or similar if not wearing wetsuit. 
-Optional kit:
Wetsuit (Can be a shorty, but you must run in it too)
Pull Buoy
Hand paddles

Will there be refreshments?

Yes, refreshments will be available on the day.

Are there changing facilities & showers?

The lido has changing and showering facilities that are available to all competitors before and after the event.

Can spectators come along?

Spectators are more than welcome and actively encouraged, so please bring your friends and family along to cheer you on. 

Can I volunteer?

Events such as these cannot take place without the very kind help of volunteers. If you are coming along to spectate, why not get involved too? Please e-mail if you would like to help.

Is there parking?

There is a small car park at the lido and parking in the surrounding roads, although you are encouraged to arrive by other means if possible.