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BIG3 - Buckfastleigh Ice Gala 2018

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Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool

Victoria Park Buckfastleigh

Plymouth Road

Buckfastleigh

TQ11 0BU

United Kingdom

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Feel mighty! Laugh and shriek! Win a race! Have the best costume!

The BIG3 (3rd Buckfastleigh Ice Gala) is on Saturday 17th February, 2018. Join 80+ other competitors, their friends and families, enjoy cold water races (less than 8C), great grub, funky tunes and costumes, great prizes and help raised several hundred £ to keep our community pool open. And this year we have a new race - individual medley. One length of each stroke. And the freestyle final will be crawl all the way.

If you fancy a cold water swimming challenge, a bit of friendly competition and a good excuse to dress up and shriek freely – this is the event for you.

Note – the race rules require you to wear no more than a swimming costume, goggles and hat. Wetsuits, rash vests, thermal tops, bottoms etc are not allowed. But there are exceptions for wacky costumes and hats!

The Buckfastleigh Ice Gala is a cold water swimming gala for swimmers to have fun and raise some money for the pool. All profits from the event will help to support this community run facility. But we also actively welcome swimmers who want to take on this challenge to raise funds for causes close to their own hearts. In 2016, three relay teams from Newton Abbot College raised money for their school trip to Borneo, for example.

Buckfastleigh Pool is 21m long. In the summer months it is heated to 27 degrees and provides a valuable amenity to our small Dartmoor town. The pool is run and owned by the community and relies on the voluntary efforts of local people to keep it open. Your participation and entry fee will help to keep it open.

We are offering the following events to swimmers over the age of 14:

Relay - 4x42m
4 swimmers each swimming two lengths (42m) of the pool without a wetsuit. There will be prizes for the best team costumes, as we intend this to be more about fun than winning a swimming race.

Teams seeking sponsorship to fundraise for causes close to their hearts are very welcome, and we'll ensure your cause gets a mention.

Freestyle 42m event (2 lengths)
Race heats for men and women; and we’ll have a final for men and one for women. But you are welcome to swim just for fun too. Again non-wetsuit.

Head Up Breaststroke 42m event (2 lengths)
Race heats for men and women; and we’ll have a final for men and one for women. But you are welcome to swim just for fun too. Again non-wetsuit.

NEW! - Individual Medley (84m - 4x21m per stroke)
Race heats for men and women; and we’ll have a final for men and one for women. But you are welcome to swim just for fun too. Again non-wetsuit.


Facilities
There will be a warm room available for a warming up afterwards, hot drinks and a variety of hot and cold snacks. Spectators are very welcome, for a small charge on the day, and they'll have a great view of your swim from our terraces.

ENTRY SALES CLOSE ON 11th February 2018.

Registration will be open from 1100 to 1200 on the day, please arrive in plenty of time for your swim - a schedule of races, start times and information regarding the start procedure will be published nearer the time at http://www.buckfastleighpool.co.uk

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Swimmers must be over 14 years of age, there is no upper age limit.

Do I need to be fit to do this event?
You do not need to be very athletically fit, but you must be able to confidently swim the distance you are entering. If you have any underlying medical condition including, but not limited to, heart condition, blood pressure condition, respiratory condition or are pregnant you should seek medical advice before taking up cold water swimming. You should not swim if you have a fever or chest infection on the day.

There are risks associated with cold water swimming; these include increased risk of cramp, initial hyperventilation, weakness in the limbs and reduced coordination. These risks are, however, reduced if you do some training (see below) prior to the event to ensure that you are acclimatised to cold water. Any risks will also be reduced by respecting the judgement of our lifeguards, and acting on their requests without question.

Do I need to have cold water swimming experience?
Yes. You must do some training to make sure that you are used to getting into cold water and know what it feels like to swim in cold water. If you are new to the sport it is not too late to start that process, but please don't leave it too late.

What safety cover is there?
The event will be fully life-guarded and our life-guards have received cold water specific training. Our lifeguards will not hesitate to ask a swimmer to leave the water if they are concerned. In entering this event you agree to respect their judgment and comply with their requests without question. There is also first aid support on-site, and we will have a warm room available to re-warm anybody that we believe needs it. Again, swimmers should respect the organisers' judgement regarding re-warming as people who are very cold can experience impaired judgement.

Will I get a medal?
Yes, if you place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the individual finals. There is a final for men and women for each individual race; and we will give prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the best team or individual costume.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Buckfastleigh Pool is close to the A38 and is adjacent to a large car park. There are also bus services from Plymouth, Exeter, Totnes and Newton Abbot which stop immediately outside the pool.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
We would like you to support our event by purchasing food and drink on site to help with our fundraising. We will have simple and tasty on site catering for the event and your support would be appreciated. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink if you prefer, but please DON'T bring any glass or ceramics on site. You can also bring camping chairs if you prefer that to sitting on the terraces. There is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy yourself. If it is raining you may wish to bring an umbrella as we have limited undercover space.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can email carl.alan.reynolds@gmail.com with race related issues and Bfl.pool@yahoo.co.uk for issues with payments or facilities.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No. We do not allow transfer of tickets because that helps to ensure that all swimmers know exactly what they are committing to. Relay team captains will need to notify the name of the team AND the names of their team members to carl.alan.reynolds@gmail.com by Sunday 11th February 2018.

Can I update my registration information?
If there are significant changes you can email Bfl.pool@yahoo.co.uk but it is likely that we will be able to deal with most issues on the day.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
There is no need to print your ticket but please do have an electronic version available to show.

What is the refund policy?
We regret that refunds cannot be given under any circumstances should you be unable to swim on the day. However, if the event is cancelled in its entirety we will refund your entry fees less the payment handling fee.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No. We want to know that all swimmers know what they have committed to, and for that reason we ask people to register themselves and not others. If there is a particular reason why you want to register somebody else please email info@buckfastleighpool.co.uk. The only exception to this is the team event where the captain registers the team and then provides the details of their teammates and team name.

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Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool

Victoria Park Buckfastleigh

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Buckfastleigh

TQ11 0BU

United Kingdom

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