The Utterly Buttermere Swim 2012 was a day people will remember for lots of reasons.
The Buttermere 10k participants will remember it for the sheer challenge of the distance as the rain battered their backs and they looked down through crystal clear water amazed at the clarity.
The 5k Buttermere swimmer’s for the adventure of navigating their way around the circumference of theLake, always keeping an eye out for the shore waves permitting, and the 1500m swimmers for probably the best introduction to open water swimming in Buttermere possible.
Friends and Family will remember it for the endurance test of standing on land whilst being as wet as their loved ones swimming in the lake, the awesome Kayakers for their chance to display superb water skills and everlasting patience. The safety marshals will remember it for their sheer exhaustion after a long day of focused attention in soggy underwear, fighting the desire to say ‘Id rather be swimming this’.
Yes its was a day to remember for lots of reasons, photos of Buttermere 2012 were taken but most just do not capture the sheer emotion of the day.
Here are 5 Reasons you should do the Utterly Buttermere Swim 2013:
1. The beautiful location – Nestled beneath ‘Britain’s Favourite View’, overlooked by the mountains of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks, all surrounded by ancient wood and knobbly crags, this is the ‘real’ Lake District.
2. The most challenging swim event in the country – The Utterly Buttermere Swim will challenge your navigation skills, your swimming prowess and your staying power. You’ll need to negotiate your way around the edge of theLake following its contours, deal with the elements and your own inner demons whilst keeping your stuff together.
3. Swim the cleanest Lake in England – Buttermere is owned & protected by the National Trust, there’s no industry within miles, and the bottom is Lakeland slate which reflects the colour of the sky giving it a hue of azure blue. *weather dependant 😉
4. Make a fabulous weekend of it – There are plenty of things to see and do, take a walk around Buttermere and Crummock Water, right next door. Climb a classic mountain, enjoy a post swim hot chocolate and brandy at the Bridge Hotel, visit Honister Mine, enjoy a cool down social swim with fellow swimmers on Sunday and lots more… see you there!
5. Enjoy the fun & inclusive atmosphere– Don’t just take my word for it, here’s a couple of great participant quotes…
‘so well organised by a very friendly bunch of people and as you say a fantastic lake with wonderful scenery. Looking forward to it.’ Dorothy.
‘an amazing event in an amazing location. Well done to you all especially the kayakers who were amongst the best I’ve seen at any event.’ Jon Read more Buttermere Swim reviews here.
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All the best,
Picture Credit: Steve Barber.com