The Big Brutal Swim

August 18th 2019 - Llanberis, North Wales

The Big Brutal Swim will take place at the stunning, glacially formed Llyn Padarn which is known for being sixth deepest lake in Wales. It's also home to a fish called the Arctic Char, a species left over from the time of the last Ice Age - although none of our swimmers have spotted one yet.

Thank you for organizing a great swim event! Great atmosphere before and after the swim, felt like I was at the lake with friends!

- Koen Van Meeuwen - 2015

This is held at the same venue as The Brutal Extreme Triathlons and therefore great preparation for the event later in the month.

This event is open to wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers. There will be separate categories for wetsuit and skins swimmers.

The distances available are 2.5k, 5k and 10k. T-shirts to all swimmers.

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Race Information

The Course


The swim course is a 1.25k lap

The 2.5k swimmers will complete 2 laps
The 5k swimmers will complete 4 laps
The 10k swimmers will complete 8 laps

Swimmers to exit water every 2 laps.
The cut offs are as follows: 2 hours for the 2.5k, 3 hours for the 5k and 5 hours for the 10k.

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Info Pack

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What time is registration?
Registration is open from 07:00 till 08:45

Where is registration?
In the main event marquee on the Llanberis Community Field, LL55 4UR

Where / what time is the safety briefing?
This will be held in by the lakeside approx 15 mins before the race start.

What time does the race start?
All races start at 09:00 Sunday 18th August 2019.

Will there be food / drinks on site?
There will be tea and cakes available.

Can I wear gloves for the swim?
Yes, as long as they are not webbed!! You can also wear booties and extra hats.

Do we get out on every lap of the swim?
You get out every second lap of the swim. There will be hot drinks / nutrition available lakeside.

Is there car parking available?
There is no parking on the event field but lots of car parking close to HQ and in the surrounding village

Are there showers at HQ?
No, only portaloos

Race cut offs
The cut offs are as follows: 2 hours for the 2.5k, 3 hours for the 5k and 5 hours for the 10k.

There will be trophies awarded to the 1st male / female in all 3 races and both categories (wetsuit and non-wetsuit)

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Entry fees

2.5k swim - £31
5k swim - £36
10k swim - £40

The price raises for 2019 are VAT related. Brutal Events do not receive any of the increases.

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