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Please find below Race Information for 2016. Information for the 2017 event will be updated shortly..

Race Information for the Dee Mile Saturday 30th July 2016.

Please read all information as the event is slightly different from previous years

We’ve made some changes to the event over the past 2 years, which we think makes for a better experience. Therefore, whether you’re an old hat at this event, or it’s your 1st time, you will need to read all of the below as it will make it easier for you on the night!

Car parking and registration is on the meadows, Chester. You should access the meadows through Handbridge via Victoria Crescent and Lower Park Road, the post code to use for Sat Nav is CH4 7BB. We also have parking spaces here for approx. 300 cars. You will be directed where to park, please do so  where you are directed as it is on protected land and we want to be able to come and use this space in the future. If you are unlucky enough not to get a space, please park respectfully of the local residents on the nearby roads. If you can, please think about car sharing or if you live locally enough – walk!

The meadows will be open for people to park from 13:45.

Registration will be open from 2pm unto 4:20pm. Please allow plenty of time to arrive and register before registration closes. You will not be allowed to register if you turn up later than 4:20pm, no exceptions. Please respect this as it has knock on consequences for the timing and running of the event if registration runs late.

Registration will be in the big marquee on the meadows. Outside registration (inside if it’s raining), there will be a list with your name, category and race number on. Please go and look at this board as registration will be configured so you register within a number range. You will therefore go to your specific registration number area. At this desk, you will be asked to confirm your name, category and other pertinent details. You will at this point, have an opportunity to change category. You will be asked to fill a form in. Please fill this out clearly otherwise your results may be wrong.

You will collect from registration the following:

Chip for chip timing, this must be worn on your wrist outside your wetsuit otherwise you will not get an acurate time.

Swim Hat with your race number on (this is the hat you will race in)

Two polythene bags to put kit in for bag drop 1 (blue) and bag drop 2 (clear)

Two labels, with your race number on, one for each of your polythene bag

This year we’ve changed how we look after your bags, so please make sure you’ve read the below.

Once you’ve registered, you will need to put everything you want taking to the finish in one of the polythene bags you’ve been given, labelled with your race number. This will need taking to bag drop 1, which will be in the marquee, next to registration. This will be taken to the finish for you, so will need to include, as a minimum, something to get you dry, warm clothes and footwear. You need to do this before 4:20pm, so please do this as soon as you’ve registered. These bags will be taken to the finish for you so that they are there for you at the finish.

Bag drop 2 will be at the start, or close to the start of your race. This bag drop will take everything you take to the start of your race, back to bag drop 1, i.e. inside the marquee next to registration. These bags therefore, will be back at the marquee ready for when you’ve finished the race and then walked back to this area. NB - These bags will not go to the finish.

Please keep items you want transporting to a minimum as possible. If you’ve got friends / relatives with you, you can encourage them to carry your bags for you. Please note that although we will handle all your items with utmost care and respect, we will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to your items.

There will then be a safety briefing held at 4:30pm by the marquee which you will need to listen to as it will provide you with information about the actual swim. This is for your safety and you must attend.

You will then be walked up to the start of the events which will go in different directions, so please walk up with the relevant group. This will occur as soon as the safety briefing is finished, so please be ready to go. It is approx 10 minute walk to the start of the 1k event and approx 25 minute walk to the start of the classic race. Please note that on the walk up to and back from either event, you are in countryside, so please walk with care.

You will then be counted into the river, so please only get in where you’re directed to, as this is the only safe way that we can account for people getting in the river and then out at the finish. We ask you to get in carefully, however please get in quickly and with consideration for others. There will be swimmers doing the event without wetsuit, or nervous competitors, so please bear this in mind so we haven’t got people waiting about in the river getting cold. We are waiting on a boat sailing up the river and turning round at the start of the 2k before we can get in, but you will be updated at all times. As soon as this boat has turned, we will then start the process of getting people in to start the events. The 2k event will be in 2 waves, so please ensure that you go in the river with your correct wave. This will be hat colour specific and you will be told this on the day.

Please note that you can change the category you’re entered in yourself up to the closing date. We can accept changes on the day, but please try and do this before the entry system closes to ensure a smooth process on the day.

This year the event will still finish under the suspension bridge, but will finish on the opposite side of the river to how it has historically, the same as in 2015. This means that you will need to swim down the side of the river (left hand side as you swim down) for the whole of the race. You will not be allowed to stray over the centre line as this is for your own safety. This also means that you will get out on the left hand side of the river, so it will be a shorter walk back to your car after the event!

Each swimmer will receive a cup of hot chocolate once they've finished the event back at the meadows from the catering van – Fresh Caterers


Presentations will be made at registration as soon as possible after the last swimmer has finished.

We are delighted that Selkie Swim Company will be at the Dee Mile this year with a store where you can purchase swimming accessories and merchandise.  They have an extensive range of open water specific swimming gear and will be available during registration and after the event.




I hope that you have an enjoyable race and I have my fingers crossed for good weather!

If there is anything you need to know before the race, please get in touch. Likewise, if you know of anyone who is willing to canoe or help on the night, please let me know.

Ciara Murphy

Race Director

Contact details: deemile@chestertri.org.uk