Aquaman Design Wildcat 5k Swim
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Venue – Derwent Gardens, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PG.
Race distance – 5k in open water in the River Derwent.
Entry details – Pre-entry on line or by post. Closing date - 20 July 2017.
Cost - £15
Getting there – Matlock Bath lies on the A6 between Matlock and Cromford. The event will be based in the Derwent Gardens which is at the south (Derby direction) end of the village, postcode DE4 3PG.
There will be no parking in the gardens but there is lots of car parking in the various council-run car parks in the village, the closest being the one on Temple Walk on the opposite side on the A6. These are pay and display. Street parking is limited to 1 hour.
Race requirements – Wetsuits will be compulsory (sleeveless permitted). Minimum age 12.
The race – Please note first of all that Derbyshire Dales District Council is allowing us to use the stretch of river running through the gardens on the understanding that swimming is only allowed there for the duration of the event. Please do not use it at any other times.
The course uses a 250m stretch of the river, down one side and up the other. The current is virtually imperceptible and the water quality is graded A by the Environment Agency. It is very safe with access from both banks most of the way and fantastic for spectators who can follow the entire race closely. Navigating couldn't be simpler, with a line of connected buoys down the centre of the river. 10 laps sounds a lot but so does 200 lengths of a pool! Drinks can be taken each lap if needed.
The Wildcat Aquathlon will be taking place too which starts at 10.00am to add to the party, so you may have a bit of company if you're still swimming after 90 minutes and perhaps a little help from the draught of the water.
Lifeguard and first aid cover will be provided.
Afterwards – There will be a presentation around 11.00 and a few refreshments will be available.
Prizes - these will be awarded as follows to both men and women:
1st, 2nd and 3rd overall;
1st over 40, 50 and 60.
And a little something for everyone.
Derwent Gardens are owned by Derbyshire Dales District Council and we are grateful for the permission they have granted us to use this ideal venue. For those with young families there is plenty of space for kids to burn off some energy including 2 playgrounds. Gulliver’s Kingdom in Matlock Bath makes for a good family day out and there are the cable cars which are part of the Heights of Abraham attraction.
It will be getting towards lunch time by the end of the race and Matlock Bath has no shortage of eateries. The village is used to filling the bellies of the hairy bikers who flock to compare chrome-work and horsepower so a few athletes should have no problem finding an abundance of nosh.
For any male competitors wishing to cure their wives of expensive shopping habits, Masson Mill shopping complex is just along the road. Send them there and it will put them off shopping for ever! (disclaimer: my personal opinion only.)
For the historians among you Cromford and its Canal is the place for a post-race stroll. The end of the canal is a few minutes walk from the race venue and is worth a look if you’re after a bit of tranquillity.