Ice Marathon 2021


Ice Marathon Swim Challenge – Complete 26.2 miles of open water swims between 1st October 2021 and 31st March 2022 (inclusive) to earn your challenge awards: commemorative challenge coin and woven swim badge.

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Ice Marathon Swim Challenge Info

Complete any number of open water swims to achieve the total distance of 26.2 miles between 1st October 2021 and 31st March 2022 (inclusive) to earn your challenge awards. You can swim in wetsuits or non-wetsuit - additional accessories such as gloves/boots etc are permitted. You can complete your swim outdoors in a lake, river, the sea or an unheated outdoor pool or lido. We ask that if your choice of venue has a current that you swim equally with and against the current for each swim. The faster your swim time, the higher your position in the results table.


For successful completion of this Ice Marathon challenge you will receive a commemorative challenge coin, a woven swim badge and A6 sized card certificate which will be sent to you by post. All awards will be sent to the address on your account within 14 days of sending them to be checked by clicking Challenge Complete. Awards are not guaranteed - they are sent only on successful completion of the challenge and submission of your results by the deadline for checking. Postage is free within the UK - additional postage fees are charged for sending awards outside of the UK, fees may also be charged locally for awards received outside of the UK.

Recording your results

If you swim at a NOWCA venue such as Race Hub in official sessions then your swim data including the distance, time, temperature of your swim are recorded on your NOWCA profile after each swim. You can retrieve this data by logging in to your personal swim page where a record of your swims can be found. We suggest that you check that your data has been recorded properly after each swim as technical or human errors cannot be corrected.

You can also use a fitness watch or tracker such as a Garmin or on a fitness app to measure the distance/time of your swim. You may also record your swim details manually; at a swim venue they will likely provide you with information such as course distance or you can estimate it using google maps. These challenges rely on honesty and we expect all entrants to be honest with their own results.

Submissions and Results

You will need to use our Ice Marathon online submissions form to inform us of your session details by 5th April 2022. We will need the date of your swim, the distance swam and how long you swam for. You can also submit the water temperature (optional). The form can be found on the submissions page and via your account - you must be logged in to your account to submit. The final results position for the challenge is determined by swim time.

Our challenges are honesty based and require you to accurately and honestly record and submit your own results.


All swimming for this Ice Marathon challenge must be completed between 1st October 2021 and 31st March 2022 (inclusive). All results must be submitted online by 5th April 2021 - results submitted after this date will not be included in the results table and the awards will not be sent.

IMPORTANT - this challenge should only be attempted by those completely confident that they are fit and well enough for the challenge requirements and have suitable equipment and support. We advise you get a medical check before starting the challenge. Please ensure that you are aware of the risks and challenges of swimming in your chosen format and location and take all necessary precautions to make sure you are safe whilst doing this activity. You must observe any local, national or venue specific rules and regulations during your activity. Please ensure that you follow safe swimming practices and have a plan in place for support and safety. All swimming for this challenge is at your own risk.

Please read our Swim Safety guide for tips of how to make sure you are safe whilst swimming.


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