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Yorkshire Dales Swim

Yorkshire Dales Swim


6 – 8 SEPTEMBER 2024

The global phenomenon that is Long Course Weekend is coming to Yorkshire in 2024. Are you ready to be part of one of the biggest multi-sport festivals in Europe?

With its unique multi-day, multi-sport format Long Course Weekend gives athletes the chance to choose their own challenge and build their perfect weekend of racing, whatever their ability.

The weekend of racing kicks off with an open-water swim on Friday, moves on to a sportive on Saturday, and finishes with a choice of running distances on Sunday. If you want to be in with a chance of taking home the coveted fourth medal though, you’ll have to enter the Full Long Course Weekend, competing at the longest distance each day.

Announcing LCW Yorkshire – An Exciting Sporting Event Coming to North Yorkshire in 2024


Save the Date: September 6 – 8, 2024

Prepare for an exhilarating event as North Yorkshire welcomes the Long Course Weekend (LCW) in September 2024, marking the first time this internationally recognized multi-sport competition will be held in England. With competitors from across the country and beyond expected to descend on North Yorkshire, this event is set to boost the county’s vital visitor economy.

The LCW is a unique sporting event that combines the principles of a triathlon while making it accessible to a wider audience. It encompasses three disciplines: swimming, cycling, and running. This inclusive approach has made LCW a favorite on the global sporting calendar.

Key Highlights:

  1. Economic Boost: It is anticipated that the LCW Yorkshire will contribute as much as £2 million to North Yorkshire’s economy, attracting thousands of competitors and visitors to the region.
  2. Diverse Distances: Participants can choose to compete in one or more of the three disciplines. Swim distances range from 1.2 to 2.4 miles, cycling routes vary from 56 to 112 miles, and the run spans from five kilometers to a full marathon. There will also be a children’s running event, making it a family affair.
  3. Stunning Location: While the exact course is yet to be finalized, the event will be centered around the picturesque Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale, showcasing the natural beauty of North Yorkshire.
  4. Inclusive Event: The LCW is open to swimmers, cyclists, runners, and triathletes of all abilities. It’s an event that encourages participation and healthy competition.
  5. International Recognition: The LCW began in Wales in 2010 and has expanded to locations worldwide, including Holland, Belgium, Mallorca, Australia, and New Zealand.

Emma Robinson, a local triathlete and Great Britain representative has endorsed the event’s arrival in North Yorkshire. She believes the LCW is an excellent opportunity for newcomers to the sport and seasoned athletes alike.

Mike Holt, a volunteer with the Nidderdale Plus community support organization, also welcomes the event, emphasizing the positive impact it will have on the region’s appeal.

The Long Course Weekend is known for its impressive scale, attracting 11,000 competitors from 56 countries and up to 33,000 spectators. Its founder and CEO, Matthew Evans, has long desired to bring this event to England, and North Yorkshire’s reputation for hosting major sporting events makes it the ideal location.

This event is not just about sports; it’s about showcasing North Yorkshire to a global audience and contributing to the local economy. With North Yorkshire already being a popular destination for visitors, the LCW Yorkshire will further enhance the county’s reputation and draw even more people to this stunning part of the country.

Stay tuned for applications to open for competitors later this year. In the meantime, learn more about LCW Yorkshire and get ready to be part of this exciting sporting event.

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