Dee Mile
Dee Mile  Sat 5th Aug 2017, 5pm
Date Saturday 05 August 2017
Location The Meadows, Chester
Entry Limit 500
Distance 2k Wetsuit + Non Wetsuit
1k Wetsuit
Entry Fee 2k £21
1k Senior £15
USP One of the oldest river races in the UK, 95 years old in 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Dee Mile has been accepted as the first UK event to join the Global Swim Series of iconic open water swims around the world!

This is a classical race of the modern era, with a history which is very nearly continuous, going back to the first time it was held 1922. The race has several idiosyncrasies. It starts at the Red House pub and the distance is actually a mile and a quarter. You swim downstream around the Crook of the Dee to finish at the suspension bridge. Being all downstream, the course times vary considerably depending on the seasonal flow with the winning men’s time varying from 19 minutes 48 seconds to 33 minutes 25 seconds.

Water temperatures are typically 14 to 16 deg.C. The swim is with the current. In 2010, the temperature was 20 deg.C.

The race retains its ancient “Dee Mile Champion” title for the fastest swimmer, who must also live within five miles of “The Cross” in the centre of Chester and swim without a wetsuit.

Recognition is also made for:

  • The fastest all-comer (i.e. the rest who don’t wear a wetsuit).
  • The fastest wetsuit wearer.

Today, both men and women are eligible to race: a “concession” which was only made for the full distance in 1993!

Since the Deva Triathlons started using the River Dee in 2001, the Dee Mile has become a favourite warm-up for triathletes wanting to get an early taste of the water.

Refund Policy

Dee Mile 2017 refund policy is 50% refund of your entry fee until the cut off date of 29th July 2017. The online entry system will allow competitors to self manage their entries regarding cancellations.

The online entry system will allow free transfers up until the cut off date of 29rd July 2019. Competitors will be able to self manage their transfers using the online entry system.

Reserve list
The online entry system will hold a reserve list once entries are full. As cancellations are made the online entry system will email the next person on the reserve list giving them the opportunity to take the available place.<

Dee Mile Champions

Men: D. Craigen 2012 – 19:48
Women: R. Radcliffe 1997 – 23:57