the Dock2Dock returns on the 26th September 2020

10k, 5k & 1.5k

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Dock2Dock Race Events

Love Sports Events are proud to work with London Royal Docks Open Water Swimming to host this iconic swim race in the heart of London for the 5th consecutive year. These unique and historic waters offer an unforgettable opportunity to compete in open water in the heart of the vibrant East End. Whether you are looking to enter your first open water event or take on the ultimate swimmers’ challenge, the Dock2Dock offers a range of distances to suit all abilities.

The 5k & 10k events both start in Royal Victoria Dock and the course will take you east towards London City Airport and into Royal Albert Dock to the turnaround before heading back west, past the imposing historic cranes lining the dock. 5k swimmers will complete 1 lap of the this course and the 10k swimmers will complete it twice.

The 1.5k event will take place in Royal Victoria Dock on a one loop course.

The Dock2Dock Race will operate using the NOWCA safety system offering all competitors a safe and enjoyable race.

Please be aware that this is a challenging event and is not suitable for swimmers without some open water training.  Find the location of your nearest NOWCA venue and get training for the 2020 Dock2Dock.

AGE RESTRICTIONS

  • 10k – Swimmers must be 16 & over
  • 5k – Swimmers must be 16 & over
  • 1.5k – Swimmers must be 12 & over.  Swimmers between the ages of 12-16 will require written parental permission and must wear a wetsuit and use a tow float.

It is a condition of entry that all swimmers use a tow float in the 5k & 10k distances.

NOWCA Safety Wristband

Your safety in the water is our number one priority and this event will be run under NOWCA safety guidelines.  All competitors must have a valid NOWCA safety wristband and wear this on the day.

If you competed in the 2019 event or regularly swim at one of our NOWCA venues then you will already have a wristband and just need to check that it is valid on the day of the event. (ie. you’ve paid your yearly fee of £12)

If you do not already have a band, you must purchase one by creating an account here.   You can select a NOWCA venue near you to collect your band.  The earlier you get your wristband, the sooner you can join a session at one of our venues around the country (It will also make your race morning a bit easier!)

Please note, completing your registration via Eventrac will NOT automatically register you for a wristband.  This must be done by following the instructions above.

YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR NOWCA SAFETY WRISTBAND NO LATER THAN THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2020

YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RACE WITHOUT A VALID SAFETY WRISTBAND

Tow Floats

It is a condition of entry that all swimmers in the 5k & 10k event use a tow float.  Tow floats are optional for those swimming in the 1.5k event, other than the 12-16 age category.

You may use your own tow float if you have one or purchase one when you complete your race entry.  We would advise you to train with the tow float before the race.  London based swimmers will be able to collect their tow floats at the London Royal Docks Open Water Swim venue during regular swim sessions.  Check out the website for session times

If you order a tow float but aren’t able to collect it prior to race day, these will be available for collection on race morning.  Regrettably, we are unable to post out tow floats.

Wetsuits

Wetsuits are OPTIONAL in all distances other than the 12-16 category in the 1.5k event.  Junior swimmers in the 1.5k event must wear a wetsuit and use a tow float.

Start Time

Race timings will be confirmed nearer to the event but it will be a morning start for all distances.

RACE RESULTS

Race results for 2019 – PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Photos from the event have been posted on our Dock2Dock Facebook page – so make sure you are following us for all updates.