Open water swimming festival at Manvers Lake

MANVERS Lake is to host a huge open water swimming event for the first time this weekend.

Following several successful years hosting their Open Water Festival in Worcestershire, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is bringing the event to the Dearne Valley on Sunday.

It consists of 1600, 800 or 400 metre swims for those aged 16 and over as well a 200 metre swim for those aged ten, which is also ideal for open water beginners.

There is also a ‘Rookie Splash’ for those under ten.

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Tickets to participate range from £10-£30, dependent on distance chosen.

Entrants receive a swim hat, goody bag and medal and certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in a presentation ceremony at the end of each swim.

Trained lifeguards and safety measures will be in place throughout the day to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the event safely.

Participants can prepare with a “Sponge to Plunge” programme to help adjust to the cold temperatures.”

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Entry is free for spectators, with water’s edge refreshments, facepainting, a raffle and water rescue demonstrations from the Manvers Lake Bears (Newfoundland dogs) among the attractions.

Find out more by visiting or calling 0300 323 0096.

More on Sponge to Plunge at

Alternatively visit Twitter and Instagram @RLSSUK and the Facebook page

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