Saturday 5th October

08:00 Registration, kit inspections, biosecurity check at Grasmere Village Hall
09:30 Race brief at Grasmere Village Hall
10:30 Coaches depart for start, from Grasmere Village Hall
11:00 Bag drop opens at Far Sawrey (race start)
11:30 Breca Coniston Sprint start
13:00 First competitors expected at finish, at Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere
15:30 Presentations and social, at Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere

BRECA coniston

Saturday 5th October
17:00 Registration, kit inspections, biosecurity check at Grasmere Village Hall
19:00 Race brief at Grasmere Village Hall

Sunday 6th October
06:30 Coaches depart for start; pick-ups from Grasmere Village Hall (06:30) and Ambleside Rydal Road car park (06:45)
07:30 Bag drop opens at race start
07:50 Teams fully assembled at start at Brown Howe, Coniston Water
08:00 Breca Coniston start
13:30 First competitors expected at finish, at Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere
18:00 Presentations and social, at Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere



The event is based in Grasmere. The nearest town is Ambleside.

Public transport

The easiest way to get to Grasmere on public transport is to travel to Ambleside, then take the #555 or #599 bus to Grasmere (2-3 per hour; fewer on Sundays).

National Express have coach services to Ambleside (including direct from London).

There is no train station in Ambleside. Rail travel is to Windermere, four miles away with easy bus (#555) and taxi access. There is a direct Manchester Airport/Windermere rail link.

Useful public transport websites:

By Car

The average journey time from London and the south east is about five hours. It takes about one and half hours from Manchester and two hours from York.

The M6 runs to the east of the Lake District National Park. Take Junction 36 and then the A590 for the southern end of the Lake District.

Even A roads can be quite twisting so allow extra time for your journey and for finding a space in Car parks in high season. 

There is a pay and display car park behind Grasmere Village Hall. There is also a large pay and display car park on Stock Lane, a 10-minute walk from the Village Hall (race registration and sprint distance start coach boarding) or a 5-minute walk from Dale Lodge Hotel (race finish and full distance start coach boarding).

By air

Manchester is currently the nearest airport. Carlisle airport is opening passenger flights this year.


We suggest that competitors book accommodation either in Grasmere near the race finish and event base, or in nearby Ambleside.

October is a busy time in the Lake District so accommodation will be in demand. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

REGISTRATION and race brief

Registration and the race briefs will take place at the Grasmere Village Hall.

Breca Coniston Sprint registration is from 08:00 on Saturday 5th October, followed by the race brief at 09:30.

Breca Coniston registration is from 17:00 on Saturday 5th October, followed by the race brief at 19:00.

Please register with your partner and BRING YOUR MANDATORY KIT. If you do not bring these items with you, you will have to go and get them. You will not be allowed to register without them. This is critical especially for the sprint race as you will miss the race start.

What to Bring: Every competitor must present:

  • Photo identification

  • Whistle

  • Reusable cup or flask – read about our pioneering “cup free” race sustainability initiative. We will accept any type but it must be reasonably robust.

  • Wetsuit and Trainers – CLEAN AND DRY! Our continued use of the pristine lakes on our courses depends on our commitment to biosecurity. You must present your wetsuits AND trainers for the biosecurity check. If they are not CLEAN - this includes the soles of your shoes and means NO DIRT - and DRY, you will have to wash them before you can register.

You will be issued with your race vests and swim caps during registration.

You MUST attend your race brief, where we will give you vital information about the course and race logistics. The brief takes place after registration and will last about 1 hour.

getting to the RACE START

We have organised complimentary competitor coaches to the race starts. The coaches are mandatory as parking at the race starts is limited.

NOTE: You will need to board the coaches changed and ready to race. There are no changing facilities at the race start. 

Please be seated on the coaches five minutes before the departure time to avoid missing the transfer. If you miss the coach, there are no alternative arrangements in place and you will miss the race.

Breca Coniston Sprint coaches will depart on Saturday 5th as follows:

10:30 Grasmere Village Hall

Breca Coniston coaches will depart on Sunday 6th as follows:

06:30 Grasmere Village Hall
06:45 Rydal Road car park, Ambleside

You do not need to book the coach. There are enough spaces for all competitors.

Note: Full distance competitors not staying in Grasmere or Ambleside will need to leave a car there or book a taxi to get one of these locations to board the coach. We do not recommend relying on public transport as the coach boarding time is too early for Sunday services. Book taxis in advance or availability could be an issue.


Competitors can leave a SMALL (max 30L) bag at the race start, from where it will be taken to the finish. Take your bag on the coach with you, for drop off at the start line.

We recommend a change of clothes, shoes, money and a towel so that you can join us at the post-race social. Note: there will be event staff in the area but bags will not be attended at all times and you leave them at your own risk. 

RACE FINISH and post-race social

Both distance races finish at Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere (Tweedies Bar). Race finishers will receive a hot soup and be able to collect their drop bags and change. We will provide showers.

There will be a biosecurity wash facility to rinse your wetsuit and shoes after changing. Please use this facility to help us avoid the spread of invasive species to our lakes and rivers.

The post-race social will take place in Tweedies Bar, at Dale Lodge Hotel. All participants, volunteers, safety teams and supporters are invited to join us there for the evening. Prize Giving will take place 15 minutes after the last podium-place team has completed the race.


If you plan to leave a car at the finish, please park in one of Grasmere’s pay and display car parks to avoid filling the Dale Lodge Hotel car park.

The #555 or #559 bus departs Grasmere for Ambleside and Windermere. Sunday service is reduced.


We use cut off times to make sure that everyone completes the race safely and before dark. Cut offs are also critical for our safety plan for boats and the medical team. Consequently, cut off times will be strictly enforced. If you miss a cut off and continue to race you will be disqualified from this and all future Breca Swimrun events.

Cut off times are enforced at swim entries and at checkpoints. Checkpoint cut off times are listed below.


There are five checkpoints on the Breca Coniston course and two on the Breca Coniston Sprint. Locations are viewable on the website course maps.

There will be a range of Powerbar products at checkpoints. The isoactive electrolyte drink will be the orange flavour. Energy bars will be cacao crunch or sweet & salty flavours. Hydro gels will be orange, cola or cherry. Smoothie pouch flavours are mango apple, banana blueberry and apricot peach.

Breca Coniston Sprint

Start: Braithwaite Hall, Far Sawrey | 11:30
Hydration (water)

Checkpoint 1: Wray Castle | 7.8km from start | 13:35 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | Bananas | Jaffa cakes | Sweets | Energy bars| Gels

Checkpoint 2: Pelter Bridge car park | 15.4km from start | 15:10 cut off
Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Oranges | Jaffa cakes | Sweets | New potatoes | Gels

Finish: Dale Lodge Hotel | 21km from start
Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Hot soup

Breca Coniston

Start: Brown Howe, Coniston | 08:00
Hydration (water)

Checkpoint 1: Machell Coppice | 7.3km from start | 10:45 cut off
Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Bananas | Jaffa cakes | Sweets | Energy bars

Checkpoint 2: Moor Tops car park | 16km from start | 12:40 cut off
Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Oranges | Jaffa cakes | Sweets | New potatoes | Gels

Checkpoint 3: Braithwaite Hall | 23.7km from start | 14:00 cut off
Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Bananas | Jaffa cakes | Sweets | Energy bars

Checkpoint 4: Wray Castle | 31.5km from start | 15:45 cut off
Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Oranges | Jaffa cakes | Sweets | New potatoes | Gels

Checkpoint 5: Pelter Bridge car park | 39.1km from start | 17:25 cut off
Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Bananas | Jaffa cakes | Sweets | Energy bars | Gels | Crisps

Finish: Dale Lodge Hotel | 44.8km from start
Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Hot soup


The course will be fully marked. Swim transitions and checkpoints will be staffed by volunteers. You do not need a map unless you wish to carry one.


Supporters are more than welcome to attend the event and we hope to see you especially at the finish lines and the post-race socials.

We have produced a Spectator Guide that you can download and print.

We ask that you observe the following advice:

  • Please do not accompany competitors to the race registration and briefing. The venue is not big enough.

  • Please use designated public car parks and DO NOT park on roadsides around the course, or on private property, or we will lose our event permit.

final checklist

Have you:

  • Booked your accommodation?

  • Read the instructions on what to bring to registration?

  • Read the advice about getting to and from the event bases?

  • Made a note of the critical timings for registration, briefings and race start?

  • Passed on the spectator information to your supporters who plan to watch the race?