Great East Swim
Alton Water, Suffolk, IP9 2RY
The Great East Swim takes place at the picturesque Alton Water reservoir near Ipswich, Suffolk. The reservoir provides the main source of drinking water for Ipswich and the southern part of Suffolk.
You can choose from the ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, 5k or 10k challenge. How do I join Team A?
You can join Arthritis Research UK's very own Team A by securing your own place through the Great Swim Series website, then completing our online registration form.
Simply click on the join Team A button below, complete our quick online registration form, the one of the events team will be in touch to officially welcome you to Team A.
Please note, you must secure your place with the event organisers to be able to take part in this challenge. You can do so by visiting
What do I get?
All our Team A swimmers receive:
an official welcome pack, including our Guide to Fundraising with tips and advice to help raise vital funds for Arthritis Research UK, sponsorship forms and posters to help promote your fundraising
top training, nutritional and health advice to make sure you’re ready for the big day
an official Arthritis Research UK orange t-shirt to wear on the big day
support from the Arthritis Research UK events team before, during and after your challenge
access to our Team A Facebook group where you can share training tips and fundraising advice with your team mates before the big day
What else do I need to know?
be at least 12 years of age to take part in the ½ mile challenge
be at least 16 years of age to take part in the 1 mile and 2 mile challenge
be at least 18 years of age to take part in the 5k and 10k challenge
wear a wetsuit to participate in this challenge
adhere to the organisers rules for all challenges
sign up on the Great Swim website to secure a place in this challenge
set your own fundraising target for your challenge
choose which distance best suits you and your swimming ability