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Get set for The Great North Swim this weekend ...

The UK's biggest outdoor swimming event, The British Gas Great North Swim, is coming up this weekend. Spectacular Lake Windermere in the Lake District will once again play host, as 10,000 swimmers participate in either a ½ mile, 1 mile or 2 mile swim, depending on their swimming ability. It's too late to enter now, but The Great North Swim is a terrific spectator event nevertheless, so it's well worth heading there if you're in the area. Elite races will be taking place with some of the world's best swimmers competing, which is always a thrill to watch. Set against a backdrop of some of the country's most beautiful scenery, this is a great, fun day out for all the family. There's a seated grandstand from which to watch the races, as well as big screens showing the events. You might find yourself on telly, too, as it's going to be broadcast. The event will take place between Friday 17th - Sunday 19th June. Why not make a weekend of it? This area is rich in natural beauty as well as plenty of tourist attractions, so it's the perfect setting for a long weekend. Can't make it to Cumbria this weekend? There's still time to enter these other Great Swims : The Great London Swim on 2nd July 2011 at Docklands The Great Scottish Swim, Strathclyde on 24th September 2011 The London event offers a rare opportunity to swim in the Thames, definitely not to be missed. More info. on all the Great Swims can be found here : http://www.greatswim.org/ For more info. on the Lake District, including hotels, resorts and attractions : http://englishlakes.co.uk/ Image : English Lakes

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