It is with a heavy heart that we’ve decided to cancel the Llangorse Lake Big Swim this year. We were always hopeful that the virus would be under control enough for restrictions to be lifted by September but, as we write this, we are still on Covid alert level 4 with an R number of 1. Currently the sailing club and common at Llangorse are still out of bounds. Due to the major flooding and then coronavirus, it hasn’t been possible to enter the clubhouse or go on to the lake since February. This means the normal weed management hasn’t been able to take place and the club are predicting that the recent hot weather will have caused major weed growth and possibly algae bloom. This may mean that swimming is not possible even when the restrictions are lifted.
We had come up with ways that we could keep the swimmers segregated and safe for registration and at the entry and exit point but, with current restrictions, it would put a major strain on our safety crews and volunteers to look after you whilst you are in the water. it would also have prevented us from allowing you to laze around, enjoying the tea, coffee, cake and banter which is part of what makes the day so special. We were holding off from cancelling the swim as we hoped some sort of event would be possible and we’d be able to help the local businesses and clubs of Llangorse as normal. In these uncertain times it’s essential that we protect the health of the residents of Llangorse and the surrounding areas so to encourage people to travel there from around the UK would be irresponsible and unfair.
For all of you who have entered the swim we are able to offer you a full refund or a transfer to the 2021 event. Please email us and let us know what you’d prefer. To our volunteers, friends and businesses of Llangorse we thank you for your continued support and hope we’re able to boost the local economy next year.
Stay safe and we hope to see you in 2021 Nicola