Tooting Bec Lido SwimRun

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Tooting Bec Lido SwimRun

Next Event: Wednesday 15th July 2020 - Entries Now Open!! 
(Early Bird discount until 2nd March 2020)

Total Motion's SwimRun events over the past few years at Tooting Bec Lido have a reputation for being a well organised and friendly introduction to SwimRun for novices and more experienced swim runners alike. Tooting Bec Lido is the perfect venue for people looking for an opportunity to give this sport a try, or really looking to hone their skills ahead of their 'A' races.

SwimRun is a fast growing endurance sport first conceived in Sweden, and made popular in the UK with Breca SwimRuns, in which you run and swim between two predefined points along a set course of runs and swims without stopping in between. Similar to an aquathlon except that participants switch between running and swimming many times during a single race, running in their wetsuits and swimming in their trainers – no transition.


Competitors will alternate between swimming and running completing a total of 1km in Tooting Bec Lido and 8.8km around Tooting Common.


  • 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.
  • You must return to the finish with the equipment that you started with, you cannot leave items around the course.


Mandatory equipment for team and solo competitors; there will be a mandatory equipment check at registration.

  • 1 pair goggles per participant
  • 1 pair trainers per participant
  • 1 swimming cap

Swimming in your trainers can seem like a challenge but it doesn’t take long to get used to it. Shoes that are light weight, buoyant and that drain well are the best for SwimRun. They’ll need to be a good tight fit to stop them coming off when you swim. Wear quick drying synthetic ankle socks to help prevent blisters.

Wetsuits are optional, but recommended if the water is under 15C and you are not acclimatised to cold water. There are now SwimRun specific wetsuits available but if you are new to SwimRun there is no reason why you can’t give it a go in the wetsuit you already own. A regular full swimming wetsuit will certainly do a perfectly good job for you in the swimming stages, it will just take a bit more getting used to when you find yourself out running on dry land. Some people take a pair of scissors to a standard wetsuit cutting just above the knees and the elbows, allowing better freedom of movement when running.

SwimRun rules state that you can use any flotation aids so long as they are no bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm – imagination is your only other limit! Most people just use a pull buoy which you hold between your legs instead of kicking, gives you extra buoyancy and allows you to save your legs during the swims. You’ll appreciate this when it is time to run!

Many people use hand paddles for SwimRun. These add some extra power to your stroke. There are loads of different paddles on the market, but you’ll need some that have straps to hold it on your hand or they can easily come off and be lost in open water. You’ll also need to think about how you are going to carry them on your runs.

Team or Individual

You may enter solo or in teams of two. The original concept of SwimRun was always to race in pairs. Teams will be required to swim and run together throughout the event, offering support throughout along with a camaraderie rarely found in other events.  SwimRunning with a team mate can be a really fun and sociable experience and supporting each other and sharing in your successes adds a fantastic dimension to the event. You do need to find someone at a similar level to you in both running and swimming, or be prepared to adjust your speed accordingly.

Find out more about SwimRun here.

Event Partnerships

There are numerous opportunities for corporate and brand sponsorships at The Broadgate Tower Run Up, if you wish to find out more about how we can work together at the next event, then please contact us.

See you at Tooting Bec Lido soon!

Essential information

Tooting Bec Lido SwimRun 2020 – 1km of swimming + 8.8km of running
Tooting Lido, London SW16 1RU
Wednesday 15th July 2020, 8pm start.
Individuals & Teams

Non SLSC Member - £28.00 (early bird) /  £35.00
SLSC Member - £24.00 (early bird) /  £30.00
No SLSC Members - £44.00 (early bird) /  £55.00
1 SLSC Member - £40.00 (early bird) /  £50.00
2 SLSC Members - £36.00 (early bird) /  £45.00
Note Early Bird pricing until midnight 2nd March 2020
Prices exclude booking fees

What’s great about this event?

  • A great challenge for those new to SwimRun
  • A brilliant warmup ahead of open water SwimRuns in the UK and abroad
  • Based at a London lido venue, the iconic Tooting Lido, the UK’s largest swimming pool
  • Professionally Chip Timed – Immediate print out of splits 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?

Wednesday 15th July 2020 @ 8pm

How much does it cost to enter?


Non SLSC Member - £28.00 (early bird) /  £35.00
SLSC Member - £24.00 (early bird) /  £30.00


No SLSC Members - £44.00 (early bird) /  £55.00
1 SLSC Member - £40.00 (early bird) /  £50.00
2 SLSC Members - £36.00 (early bird) /  £45.00

Note Early Bird pricing until midnight 2nd March 2020
Prices exclude booking fees

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, but please bring your own reusable bottle.

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 contact us 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.