Chillswim Ullswater 7.5 Miles End to End

Race Date: Saturday, 17/07/2021
Race Distance: Other - Swim

Five Windmilers undertook the challenge to swim the length of Ullswater, the second largest lake in the Lake District, from Glenridding in the south to Pooley Bridge in the north. When we had signed up for the event it was 7 miles end to end, so it was a surprise on picking up our swim caps at registration to find that we had an extra half mile to swim. The route followed the left hand side of the lake, with marker buoys approximately at the mile points accompanied by feed stations in boats providing water, sports drink and jelly babies. Conditions were almost perfect, flat with only occasional waves from passing boats, water temperature an unusually warm 20 degrees C with the sun on our backs providing even more warmth. Having passed the last mile buoy, we turned across the lake to the finish, marked by a large inflatable duck. A superb effort by all, but special mention goes to Gemma who had limited training due to injury and who had started out intending to get out after a couple of miles but instead kept on to finish the whole 7.5 mile swim.