Swim Wales Challenge Series

The Swim Wales Challenge Series will return to two iconic open water locations for the 2023 edition.

Llandegfedd Reservoir near Pontypool and Pembrokeshire’s Llys Y Fran Reservoir will play host to a variety of competitive races and come and try events in June and September respectively, and swimmers will be able to take advantage of an ‘Early Bird’ offer when entries go on sale next month.

The pair of breath-taking open water locations across Wales provide the best opportunity to compete or gain a first experience of open water swimming for people of all abilities.

The series will kick-off at Llandegfedd Reservoir on Saturday 24th June, where swimmers can test themselves across a range of distances. The event will also incorporate the British Swimming Junior European selection event for swimmers aiming to represent Great Britain at the LEN Junior European Championships in Piombino, Italy this summer.

The series will then head West to Llys Y Fran in Pembrokeshire for the second and final event on Saturday 16th September. A host of come and try activities and introductory distances will be available for those looking for a gentle introduction to open water swimming.

But for those seeking competitive opportunities, the event will incorporate the Swim Wales National Open Water Championships where Welsh champions will be crowned across a number of age groups, and it will also host the GB Masters Open Water event.

Both events are open to everyone above the age of 11 (age as of 31st December 2023), including members of Swim England, Scottish Swimming and Swim Ireland. Swimmers can compete in distances ranging from 1km to 5km in our Open Races, as well as a 2km team relay.

Existing Swim Wales members will be able book their places when entries open in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more updates.

Swim Wales Challenge Series 2023

Saturday 24th June: Llandegfedd Reservoir – Swim Wales Challenge Series incorporating the British Swimming Junior European selection event

Saturday 16th September: Llys Y Ffran (Pembrokeshire) – Swim Wales Challenge Series incorporating Swim Wales National Open Water Championships and GB Master Open Water.