intu Lakeside Hosts Swim Competitions

912swimintu Lakeside isn’t just an evocative name—the center is on Lake Alexandra, and this month that’s going to be a big advantage as it hosts a series of swimming events.

SwimFesT, happening this Sunday, is a unique festival of open-water racing, one with room for swimmers of all skill levels. There are children’s taster races and fun team relays for the more casual. For the experienced and elite, springs and long-distance races from 750m – 5,000m.

Then, the following weekend, the center will be home to the Speedo open water national relays— a chance for swimming clubs and groups of friends to enter teams in one of the most adrenalin-fuelled events on the UK open water swim calendar.

“With excitement about sport still at a high following the success of London 2012, events like these give kids and adults an opportunity to try something new or compete at a high level in an exciting environment,” said Izzie Peskett, Marketing Manager at intu Lakeside. “We’re really excited about this year’s event and look forward to crowning our 2013 winners.”

While the swimmers are doing their best, testing themselves in open water with chip timing and lap split times on a GPS accurate course or trying out the emerging sport in a safe environment, spectators can enjoy the show and excitement from The Boardwalk, the center’s lakeside promenade. And if they happen to get peckish, The Boardwalk’s dozen waterfront restaurants and bars make for a convenient option close to the action.

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