Hampton Court Swim

The Human Race Open Water Swim Series is proud to return to this iconic location for 2.25 miles of river swimming at its best. Open water swimming in the Thames is an amazing challenge whether you are elite or a beginner and taking on the two and a bit miles from Hampton Court Bridge downstream to Kingston Bridge is definitely a must for any open water swimmer.

Swimmers in action during the Hampton Court Swim open water swimming

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Open Water Swimming Course

We have introduced a brand new chip timing system to reduce the registration time at the start and once again the swim will be divided into waves based on estimated time so all participants can swim at their own pace and enjoy the wonderful experience of open water swimming in the River Thames.

There are large marker buoys approximately every 800m along the river and we have smaller buoys to ensure you stay on course. We will have a map on the day and the marker distance buoys have a measurement on them.

As with every event in the series, the Hampton Court Swim provides unparalleled levels of water safety with the experienced and knowledgeable Human Race Water Safety Crew looking after you at every stroke.

· Gloves and booties can be used

· The Swims will not be cancelled if the temperature falls below 11 degrees

· Wetsuits are optional

All swimmers will receive an event swim cap and an exclusive Swim Series medal – so you’ll be able to collect the full set through the series! Event-specific t-shirts are also available for purchase via the event entry page and there will be lots of goodies on the day from our event partners.

The Hampton Court Swim is great for spectators, with the Thames Path following the bank of the river all the way down from start to finish, with some great opportunities for supporting your loved ones and photographing some of the great sights on both banks. This is definitely an event where bringing a camera is a must!

Changing areas, baggage store and toilets will all be available within the event village, and an event village with retailers, charity welcome areas and retailing from our event partners will be located at the finish next to Kingston Bridge.

Event Location: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU