february, 2021

27feb - 28feb 279:00 amfeb 28Distance WeekendTraining weekend for those doing marathons swims in 2021.


Event Details

Dates and times: 27th February 2021, running from 9 am Saturday to 1 pm Sunday 1st March.

Senior Cost: £120.00

Juniors Cost: £60.00

We aim to provide a limited number of Junior places which will be priced at £60 for the weekend. However, Juniors will only be allowed to participate if a parent or guardian is present for the entire event.

Location: Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club, Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Rd, London SE18 4LX, UK

see below for details or contact us for more information.

Applications have now closed. For those that have already applied, you will have now received a payment link if you were successful, an email saying you’re on the reserve list or that your application was unsuccessful this time.

What’s the KEY OBJECTIVE of the weekend?

To give those with a major swim booked for 2020 a chance to improve technique, get proper feedback on their stroke and set them up for a successful season. You will be swimming A LOT, going home buzzing and feeling fitter!

Who is it aimed at?

The weekend is tailored to a group of 20max members of the BLDSA. Apply using the link above. Please note that priority will be given to those BLDSA members who are taking on Loch Lomond, Windermere or other BLDSA swims.

What you will get out of it?

Technique work, underwater filming, stroke feedback, skills sessions, speedwork, feeding and help with the mental side of marathon swimming. There will be a mixture of both pool-based work and classroom sessions.  You will be guaranteed lots of swimming and you don’t even have to fly abroad to do the sessions!

Your coaches during the weekend

Chris Malpass 

Chris is a real swimmers’ swimmer – he lives and breathes the sport and is actively involved at every level – from a coach through to competitor.

As a youngster, Chris was selected to compete at an international level for both Great Britain and for England. In 2014, Chris successfully competed at the World Masters Swim Championships in Canada. Chris achieved top 10 positions in all his pool and open water races, including three top 5 finishes. Chris spends much of his time open water swimming and has held several records and titles within the UK, including the arduous BLDSA Champion of Champions (South) race held in Dover, which he has won on two occasions.

An impressive background in coaching combined with a BSc in Sports Science means that Chris is superbly placed to advise on stroke analysis and correction for all levels of swimmer with the emphasis on enjoyment and remaining injury-free.


Mark Sheridan

Barely swimming as a youngster, Mark re-learnt the technical aspect of front crawl from scratch in his mid-30s and instantly became hooked. He is a ‘triple crowner’ and one of only few Brits to be listed in the ’24-hour club’ with his 70km/33-hour solo crossing of Lake Geneva in 2016. He has swum the English Channel twice, Two-way Windermere, Loch Lomond and has pioneered a number of distance swims across the US becoming the fist Brit to compete 42-mile SCAR, 25 mile Lake Memphremagog and holds the British record across Lake Tahoe in California. He’s one of only a few people to have completed the entire BLDSA calendar. He eats, sleeps and breathes marathon swimming, training and technique work in addition to organising the BLDSA Champion of Champions (South) and distance weekends. He is living-proof that you can come to swimming later in life and achieve a great deal.

Kate Robarts

Kate came to swimming in her 40s. Watching her daughter in the pool, she mentioned to a coach that she couldn’t put her face in the water. The coach took up the challenge and the story began. Joining Masters, she also qualified as an ASA level 2 teacher and then a Level 3 Club Coach. Lured to open water by a friend, she swam the first Great North Swim, wet suited in 2008 and the bug truly bit. The first year or so was in neoprene but soon that was discarded. A Lake Zurich relay in 2010 was followed by an EC relay in 2011. She then built distance, swimming the Dart 10k three times and her first fresh water 10k at the age of 51. Two-way Windermere in 2013 was followed by an EC solo in 2014, Lake Zurich in 2016, Round Jersey and Catalina in 2017, round Manhattan 2018 and Jersey to France in 2019 aged 58. With the Triple Crown completed, she has more swims planned and fully intends to continue into her 60s, proving that age is no barrier to marathon swimming.



27 (Saturday) 9:00 am - 28 (Sunday) 1:00 pm GMT


Charlton Lido

Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club, Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Rd, London SE18 4LX, UK


Mark Sheridandistanceweekend@bldsa.org.uk cofcswim@bldsa.org.uk