Love Sports Events
Willen Lake South
MK1K - Saturday 4th July 2020 (DATE TO BE CONFIRMED IN THE NEAR FUTURE)
Love Open Water, in conjunction with Love Sports Events is excited to bring you a new event to Milton Keynes, a European City of Sport in 2020!
The MK1K will be held on Saturday 4th July, 2020 at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes and will comprise of three 1km races held across the morning. Participants can choose to join 1, 2 or all 3 races. There will be prizes for fastest male & female in each race, but for those choosing to enter all 3 races, times will be totaled and the male and female swimmers with the fastest cumulative time, crowned MK1K Champions.
Registration: 0630am - 0730am
Race Briefing: 0745am
Wave 1: 0800am
Wave 2: 0900am
Wave 3: 1000am
Each race will have a 45 minute cut-off time and all swimmers must be out of the water before the next race begins.
Swimmers choosing to do one race will start in Wave 1 at 0800am
Swimmers choosing to do two races will start in Wave 1 at 0800am and Wave 2 at 0900am
Swimmers choosing to do three races will start in Wave 1 at 0800am, Wave 2 at 0900am and Wave 3 at 1000am
1 x Race: £25.00 + booking fee
2 x Races: £35.00 + booking fee
3 x races: £45.00 + booking fee
* Entry fee does not include the cost of NOWCA safety wristband which must be purchased separately for participants who aren't already NOWCA band holders
Fee includes race entry, swim cap, race timing, hydration supplied by our partner Precision Hydration, finish line snacks and finishers memento
There will be prizes for male & female winners of each individual race, as well as overall MK1K carnival winners (male & female)
Participants must be aged 16 years and over on the day of event
This event is suitable for all swimmers, even those with little open water swimming experience.
Whilst the more experienced swimmers may choose the 3 race option, and swim for the chance of being MK1K Carnival Champion, this is also a race suitable for the novice swimmer, stepping out of the pool for the first time. Triathletes may wish to use this as a training day, completing 3 x 1km intervals over the course of the morning.
Train for the MK1K at the very lake where the event will take place! Love Open Water Milton Keynes is operating through the winter with sessions increasing as the temperature climbs. You can check session times HERE. Also keep an eye out for coaching sessions at Willen Lake should you need a bit of extra help getting ready for the event.
NOWCA Safety Wristband
All Love Open Water venues run under NOWCA safety guidelines and therefore participants in the MK1K must have a valid NOWCA safety wristband and wear this on the day. This device will also be used for your race timing.
If you are already a NOWCA swimmer, you will just need to check that your band is valid on the event day (ie. you've paid your yearly fee of £12)
If you need to register with NOWCA and purchase a band, you can do so by creating an account HERE. Upon registering, you will be asked to select a NOWCA venue to collect your band. If you wish to collect on the day, please choose Milton Keynes as your location. You may also choose to collect your band from any NOWCA venue near you, prior to race day, and start using it to swim at any of the partner venues around the UK.
** Please ensure you use the same email address to purchase your NOWCA band as you do to enter the MK1K. This will make collection much simpler on the day of the event
Wetsuits are optional for this event.
Love Open Water began operating swim sessions at Wilen Lake in summer, 2019 and the swimming community has been steadily increasing over the winter. Willen Lake South is Milton Keynes' most popular park and offers a picturesque location with great facilities for open water swimming lovers. The event will be run from the front of the watersports centre, with plenty of space for swimmers to rest between races and spectators to picnic and cheer on the participants.
Changing rooms, showers and toilets are all available in the Watersports Centre.
The Lakeside Pub is also next to event HQ and opens from 1000am
Food & Drink
There are a number of options for spectators and swimmers, right on the lake. Visit the Willen Lake website for further information
Why do I need a NOWCA wristband?
Love Open Water Milton Keynes operates under NOWCA safety guidelines which means all participants in the MK1K must wear a NOWCA wristband during the event. The annual fee for the band is £12 and you can use this to swim at any NOWCA partner venue around the UK and other LOW hosted events. The band is yours ‘for life’ and if you want to continue using after the first year, just renew your registration.
If you don’t have a wristband, follow these steps:
Wristbands are not posted. They must be collected from a NOWCA venue.
I’ve entered 1 race, can I change to 2 or 3 races?
Yes, you will have the option of increasing the number of races you wish to enter via the EVENT BOOKING SITE no later than Saturday 20th June. You can also reduce the number of races you enter however, we do not offer refunds for the difference in entry price.
Can I transfer my entry?
Race entries for the MK1K are non-transferrable
Can I cancel my entry?
The Event Organiser operates a 14 day cooling off period. Accordingly, the Participant is entitled to cancel his/her application to participate provided the Event Organiser receives written notice sent to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting cancellation, within 14 days of payment of the Entry Fee. Booking fees will not be refunded.
V10 Brickhill Street
There is ample paid parking at Willen Lake South and charging points for electric cars. It is best to head the South Bay car park (off Lakeside roundabout, V10 Brickhill Streel) and head to the front of Freedom Fitness.
Catch the number 8 bus from Milton Keynes town centre to 'Woolstone Roundabout West'.
Walking down from the bus stop, take the first right at the redway junction under the main road, then take your first left into Willen Lake.
Direct trains to Milton Keynes Central run from London Euston and Birmingham. From Milton Keynes Central, it's approximately 50 minutes walk or 12 minutes cycle. Alternatively, you can catch a bus or take a taxi.