Scottish Swimming have announced that the national one mile open water championship race will take place at this year’s Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond, 29 August.
The race will be part of the elite competition which will see some of the world’s best open water swimmers compete against Scotland’s top home grown talent, in one of the country’s most iconic settings.
The elite race will feature 2013 5km world champion Christian Reichert of Germany and current 5km world champion and six time Midmar Mile winner, South Africa’s Chad Ho. Local boy and Commonwealth champion Ross Murdoch will compete in open water for the first time, alongside fellow Scot, Commonwealth silver medallist, Robbie Renwick.
The women’s race will feature international talent including two-time national USA 10km champion, Christine Jennings, and Team GB’s Keri-anne Payne.
“We’re extremely proud to host the Scottish National Championship race as part of the Great Scottish Swim,” said Tom Broadbent, elite athlete manager at Great Swim. “The race is open to both senior and junior athletes, and it will be a great experience for younger athletes to compete against top international talent, hopefully it will result in some great performances all round.”
The Great Scottish Swim is Scotland’s biggest open water swim with over 2,000 people taking part in a range of distances from a beginners’ half-mile challenge up to a 5km swim.