Excellent swim with challenging sections
Really fantastic to have a venue for a 10km swim in central London. Great location to swim and windy weather provided a challenging return swim.
were slow to get people in the water which left those is just cossies colder, think people dont mind a delayed start if they are told why and a realistic time. Was my first long distance swim and I enjoyed. Route back was confusing a little, some people keeping large red bouys on their right, others not. I still loved it.
Nice swim for a big city, good waterqualitywell organised
Lovely organisers, friendly and encouraging.
The event was billed as "iconic", "vibrant", "historic" but actually the scenery was really really dull.
Registration opened late, the briefing was late, the race started late, all for no apparent reason. A bit annoying when you've got up at 4am to ensure you arrive on time!
Friendly, well run event in an amazing location
Only thing I would say, and I did say it to the girls on the day, is that there needed to be more sighting buoys and more direction for the right hand turn at the end of the long straight, we swam straight past it! Other than that, fantastic day and will def be back next year. Thank you.
Be better next year
NOWCA Safety Wristband is of no further use to me. Can I trade it back in? I noticed that the pack it came in pictured a "Temporary user" green version. This might be a better idea for this event, as not everyone has a NOWCA lake nearby.
If start is 9, start at 9. As a skins swimmer, probably also the case for wetsuit wears, I was getting very cold.
Changing and toilet facilities were adequate, just.
Communication is key and I felt that swimmers were not being kept aware of exactly what was going on.
Fantastic venue. Lovely friendly people. Who'd have thought a dock could be so rough in places?
This event will be huge!
Brilliant location. Super friendly atmosphere. Challenging swim but well broken up into measurable pieces. Fabulous water. Will most definitely swim this one again.
Badly organised start; amazing support from people on the feed stations, nice medal
An unforgettable unique swim!
It was an incredible swim, in an amazing setting.. So much to see while swimming along. So it didn't feel endless. I suppose it's hard to get an atmosphere when people came from all over uk.. In my case Ireland. Hopefully more Irish swimmers next year.. I've a feeling once this swim becomes an annual event, it will be difficult to get a place on it. I feel proud to be part of the 1st inaugural dock2dock 10k swim. Thank you London docks ows.. You've got a fabulous safe long distance aminity. Water quality was excellent for a huge city. Thank you.
Long, tough but worth it!
Super friendly volunteers.
Perhaps could have done with a few more buoys to show the route.
Good first go
good going for the first time running the event, fantastic to swim further than the usual loops
Iconic swim in London docklands
Small detail but 2 extra toilets would of kept the queue down.
If registration opens at 6.30am the food tent should be ready to have hot water for coffee at 7.15!
If race start is 9am it should start at 9am, not 9.30am, especially when you arrive to register at 7am. It's a long time to wait around.
Great race which I thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement!
Slightly irregular updates beforehand.......it would have been useful to know the nutrition before the day..... On the day, great organisation and everything went well.....thank you all.....
Late to start. Lack of direction bouys. Poor visibility of feed stations. You could tell it was there first event.
I entered the event because it was local. Not a multiple loop. Not many 10km swim in/or near london can provided this. Having swam here during the year i was expecting the facilities to be basic but I was disappointed by the fact that the event started very late. That the pre race briefing was confusing, long and not very upbeat.
The race markers were all but useless. I just blindly followed the orange tow floats in front. Feed stations were also hard to stop. I actual swan past one and had to swim back to obtain a drink. All in all poorly run event but maybe i should have guessed this from the lack of information on the website and the set up during my paid for swims. That said I had a great swim and Im please to have completed my first 10KM swim and be able to be home of mid afternoon. :)
So much fun and very well organized and executed!
Thanks guys, will be back next year for sure!
Enjoyable 10k swim
Started 30 minutes late and course could have been marked out more clearly. Otherwise, a good event.
Lovely fun feeling event!
Not enough toilets and maybe needed more buoys out there as it was hard to keep to the course. But I liked the atmosphere and loved the medal.
Special place to do a 10k swim and and has great potential.
I appreciate safety is paramount importance but the delay in starting was not good. Many swimmers were feeling the chill which is not good especially on a long swim like this.
I think there should have been more buoys for spotting and many swimmers in my group were far right on the way back.
The funnel at the end was not a funnel but a tiny corridor which was difficult to spot More importantly I injured my knee on something sticking out of the dock. This is too narrow for the end of a swim.
The staff were very friendly and encouraging to all.
The briefing was difficult to hear but thats partly down to my ears.
Safety craft seemed good apart from one section on the way back out of the airport dock where I spotted nobody. Maybe me and an unfair comment.
Overall I enjoyed the event, found it challenging for my first 10k. I would be interested in the age breakdown of the swimmers age groups. Cant believe the times on the leaders.
Absolutely loved it. Very tough though as water was so choppy. Well organised and staff so helpful. thank you for a great experience.
I didn't see the right turn buoy and carried on straight down, so had a RIB come over to direct me. Found the buoys hard to see as so far apart so perhaps just a couple more buoys, but otherwise it really was a brilliantly organised event which I loved. thank you to all who helped put the day on.
Good enjoyable event
Bit of music at the start to keep the atmosphere going. The delays at the beginning were disruptive especially for people who had plans after the event. Lots of waiting around from bag drop, to breifing to getting into the water. Sighting was abit difficult so maybe a few more taller boys or boys that stand out more. However as a first time event it was good and enjoyable and would happily recommend it to anyone or even enter it next year.
A great event - but the wind, the waves, and the distance made it not for the faint-hearted, nor for the beginner.
The acid test: I will be coming back next year.
Great location - long swim
It would have been helpful to have more large buoys out on the water to help spot, judge distance and keep a straighter line. This was especially on the way back down through Albert and Victoria docks when we were coming back down the wider side of the docks and had very little to spot.
And the feed stations could have been more prominent / visible.
A great venue in London for a 10k swim
It was compulsory to swim with a tow float which because of the vast expanse of water it really helped to spot people in the choppy water.
Excellent London central open water swim challenge - looking forward to doing it again next year.
Event would be much improved with more sighting buoys, the feeding stations being signed 2k, 4k etc, and reinforcing in the briefing that the finish is the same as the start - it was difficult to see the finish line and therefore sighted off the Crystal building. Excellent event tho and really helpful event organisers. Thanks.
I had a great swim. Was glad I knew the course and had a bit of experience though.
More loos please!
Very friendly and encouraging support staff for a tough event.
This is such a weather dependent event it's a tough one for a first timer. I think buoys should be included in costs like they are for Coniston. The late start meant it was a little chilly waiting but can't fault the support staff. They were fabulous. I hope it grows and I'll probably be back next year to give it another go.
Well organised challenging event
So many great things - the welcome, the feed stations (lovely bars and friendly volunteers), the water quality, the friendliness of the athletes, the organiser - for taking this on and putting a great new event in the calendar.
One small point for and older swimmer - a few more buoys because long distance sight is no longer as good as it was, and a larger finishing banner!
Thanks to all involved
This event is going to become really popular. Iconic dock scenery, challenging enough and yet great fun.
Well done to the raft crew who with their humour and encouragement broke the swim down into very managable pieces- which meant you head didn't! Looking forward to the barbque and pizza on next year's 4k feedind raft
A unique, iconic event. Very pleased to have swum in the inaugural
A genuine swimming alternative to the London Marathon. I feel this will become an iconic event, and in future years will struggle to get a ticket.
Great day-not necessenary for beginers
Float tows were a big help to see where to swim
You need more much bigger buoys to see where the course and make the feeding stations more visible-i missed two of them.
Well done-great day!
Good experience in a unique venue, but way too expensive to do again
I enjoyed today, it was friendly and good fun and I want to support my local NOWCA venue. Some specific feedback:
- starting 30 minutes late was annoying. Too much hanging around
- not enough buoys. Sighting was very difficult, esp at the finish - it was very hard to see where to come in
- would be good to have a shower or even a hose to rinse off wetsuits and equipment
I'd like to do it again next year, but not at that price. I hope you can find a sponsor to make it better value for money. Good luck, Jim
Good, but room for improvement
Keeps waiting a long time for the kayak team to be briefed, once in the water waited again. Some competitors were clearly shivering waiting to start.
Could do with more toilets.
Feeding station could be better marked up.
Would be good if there was a ramp to enter the dock as this would reduce the long wait for everybody to get in.
Fantastic location; really friendly staff; just a few glitches with the organisation (pre-event) that I'm sure will be ironed out for next time.
Perhaps a bit of music (pre-event, and on arrival) would be good. The first/last pontoon (ie 2k and 8k) was a little tricky to access for drink/food. Otherwise, the staff were great and there was a real buzz.
That's a lot of water
Layout and kayak support excellent. Thanks Rick for helping me up the ramp, i couldnt walk coming out of the water. Would have killed for something more than the energy bars at the end! Dock water pretty clean but would be good to be able to wash hands afterwards. Maybe see you next year but it was a bit far for me!
Bloody brilliant swim!
A lot of potential to become something big
Too few bouys.
Everything was running late, having to wait for over 30minin the cold.
Changing areas not fit for purpose.
Some fruit and hot beverages would have been nice after the race.
I understand it was the first year, however it was a bit disorganised. We didn't receive much correspondence before. I would've liked something with a count down on it every so often because I had to go back and check I'd actually registered when I hadn't heard anything for so long. There also needed to be more and bigger bouys to site it was impossible and the only reason we could site was following the tow floats of the people ahead. All round good event, but just needs fine tuning.
Well run, friendly, human scale event.
Late start, organisers apologised
Great new race, a few teething problems but hope it's back in 2017
Overall awesome to have a new 10k swim in central London. Great venue and good time of year (and reasonable start time on the day!). Organisers did very well to get the event off the ground, and also attract quite a big field for first event. I hope it's back next year and continues to grow. Just a few suggestions for next time:
- there were a few organisational problems on the day. For a long distance endurance event, it's quite important that the event starts on time, especially because of nutrition plans etc. Starting 30min late was a bit much, and seemed avoidable if briefings (kayakers and swimmers) were done earlier. But will put this down to it being the first event.
- course markings were a bit sparse. It would be better either to get everyone just to follow next to the line of the docks, or otherwise need more sighting buoys. Requiring swimmers to follow a course but not really being able to see where the next buoy is, was kind of worst of both options.
- it would be great to grow the event to have a full size elite field. It was good to see one or two elite swimmers this time, but could maybe use prize money/free entries to encourage a deeper elite field next time. This usually has a useful side-effect of encouraging more higher standard amateurs as well (e.g. Castle Series triathlon).
- the finish chute was confusing. It doesnt make much sense to have a 'finish' banner if the finish times are taken 25m later at the end of the chute. Need to either move the finish banner to where the times are taken, or make this very clear in the race briefing.
These are just a few suggestions for how to make things even better. Overall great event and hope it continues. Thanks!
Just a little disappointing that it started so late. (appreciate was the first event). Could do with some better markings on route
Good, brutal waves, Not enough bouys for sighting
Would be nice to get a tshirts, but apart from that really enjoyable
Course a bit unclear at times
Started late with long queues
Good long swim
Excellent medal and prizes for various winners