Race Information for the Dee Mile Swim Saturday 10th August 2019
Car parking and registration is on the Meadows, Chester. You should access the Meadows through Handbridge via Victoria Crescent and Lower Park Road, the post code to use for Sat Nav is CH4 7BB. We have parking spaces here for approx. 300 cars. You will be directed where to park, please do so where you are directed as it is on protected land and we want to be able to come and use this space in the future. If you are unlucky enough not to get a space, please park respectfully of the local residents on the nearby roads. If you can, please think about car sharing or if you live locally enough – walk or cycle!
The Meadows will be open for people to park from 13:45.
On arrival you will see the registration area. There will also be toilets, small changing tents, catering and Tri-Active shop selling swim accessories.
Registration will be in the Chester Triathlon marquee on the meadows. You will be directed to your race category. If you wish to change category on the day please notify the registration marshals BEFORE you register at which point you will be asked to fill a form in. Please fill this out clearly otherwise your results may be wrong.
At the desk you will be asked to confirm your name, category and other pertinent details.
You will collect from registration the following:
- Chip for chip timing, this must be worn on your wrist outside your wetsuit otherwise you will not get an accurate time.
- Swim Hat with your race number on (this is the hat you will race in)
- Two polythene bags to put kit in for bag drop 1 and 2 if you wish
- Goody bag
You will also have your race number marked on your hand.
Once you’ve registered, you will need to put everything you want taking to the finish in one polythene bag you’ve been given. We will provide labels for you to mark your bag with your race number. This will need taking to bag drop 1, which will be next to registration. This will be taken to the finish for you, so will need to include, something to get you dry, warm clothes and footwear. You need to do this before 16:20, so please do this as soon as you’ve registered. These bags will be taken to the finish for you and can be collected as soon as you finish.
Bag drop 2 will be close to the start of your race. This bag drop will take everything you take to the start of your race, back to the registration area. These bags therefore, will be back at the marquee ready for when you’ve finished the race and then walked back to the registration area. NB – These bags will not go to the finish.
Please keep items you want transporting to a minimum as possible. If you’ve got friends / relatives with you, you can encourage them to carry your bags for you. Please note that although we will handle all your items with utmost care and respect, we will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to your items.
There will then be a safety briefing held at 16:25 by the marquee which you will need to listen to as it will provide you with information about the actual swim. This is for your safety and you must attend.
All swimmers must be marked off by marshals near to the start of each event. Please try to go past in single file and say your number loudly to the marshal to ensure you are ticked off. You will then be counted into the river, so please only get in where you’re directed to, as this is the only safe way that we can account for people getting in the river and then out at the finish. We ask you to get in carefully, however please get in quickly and with consideration for others. There will be swimmers doing the event without wetsuit, or nervous competitors, so please bear this in mind so we haven’t got people waiting about in the river getting cold. We are waiting on a boat sailing up the river and turning round at the start of the Dee Mile Full (2k) before we can get in, but you will be updated at all times. As soon as this boat has turned, we will then start the process of getting people in to start the events. The Dee Mile Full (2k) event will be in 3 waves, wave 1 will be all non-wetsuit swimmers and will be wearing blue hats, wave 2 will be wetsuit competitive and will be wearing red hats and wave 3 will be wetsuit non-competitive and will be wearing white hats. Please ensure that you go in the river with your correct wave.
The 1km event is one wave with junior and senior swimmers together. Junior swimmers will be wearing green hats and senior will be wearing yellow. The 1km is a wetsuit only event and we cannot allow swimmers without a wetsuit to swim this year due to insurance reasons. If you don’t have a wetsuit please look at borrowing or hiring one for the day or you can also change to the 2km event.
Please note that you can change the category you’re entered in yourself up to the closing date. We can accept changes on the day, but please try and do this before the entry system closes to ensure a smooth process on the day.
The event will finish under the suspension bridge, on the opposite side of the river to where you start. This means that you will swim downstream on the left side of the river keeping the buoys to your right. When the buoys end you can cross over the river to the opposite side and finish at the Groves underneath the suspension bridge.
Each swimmer will receive a 2019 memento towel at the finish. You will also receive a blue coloured token which you can exchange for a cup of hot chocolate at the new Snugburys Café adjacent to the finish.
I hope that you have an enjoyable race and I have my fingers crossed for good weather!
If there is anything you need to know before the race, please get in touch. Likewise, if you know of anyone who is willing to help on the day please let me know, or sign up to volunteer.
If you are looking for some open water swimming experience before the event get in touch with our event sponsor Gone Swimming who organise swimming holidays and days out in North Wales.
We are delighted that Selkie Swim Company and Swim Secure will be at the Dee Mile again this year with stores where you can purchase swimming accessories and merchandise. They have an extensive range of open water specific swimming gear and will be available during registration and after the event.