Tucked away on the edges of Kent and Sussex in Lamberhurst, Bewl Water – the largest reservoir in southeast England – is getting ready for a month of exciting events that guarantee a healthy dose of fitness-friendly fun. Famous for its popular activities both in and out of the water, such as adventure play, laser tag, paddleboarding and canoeing, the 800-acre site already has plenty to offer.
As September arrives, visitors are urged to join in, or set up camp and catch some of the fun from the shoreline.
Dragon Boat Race Festival – September 2
Kicking off the month with a splash, the annual Dragon Boat Race Festival returns this Saturday as crews prepare to race across Bewl Water and raise funds for charity. The event has taken place on the reservoir since 1998 and over the last 20 years, more than £2.7million has been raised for over 400 local, national, and international charities. Bring your whole family along for a fantastic day out, cheering on each team as they compete to be crowned champion. There will be plenty of refreshments to keep you well-fuelled throughout the day, including light meals and sweet treats from the Waterfront Café and the ice cream parlour.
Hermes Marathon – September 9
On land, the Hermes Marathon is scheduled for September 9, making its second appearance in Bewl’s events line-up this year. Founded by David Ross, a Guinness World Record holder, this organised race includes options for a half, full, or ultramarathon covering a combination of rural wooded trails and peaceful country lanes. Beginners can join in with a 10km race.
Each route will be chip-timed and the top three male and female runners in each category will be awarded. Results and professional photos will be available online afterwards while massage therapists will be on hand for post-run relaxation. The Waterfront Café will offer refreshments throughout the day. Registration is available online at hermesrunning.com.
Bewl Water Swim Run – September 17
Often thought of as a triathlon without the bike, pro and aspiring athletes will be heading to Bewl Water on September 17 to take on its latest Swim Run. Hosted by events company As Keen As Mustard,
the non-stop course involves multiple segments of swimming and running undertaken in open water and
woodland trails, and with no time to lose, participants run in their wetsuits and swim in their shoes. Created by a group of Swedes in 2002, the unique sporting experience is renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world, perfect for adventure and fitness fanatics looking to test themselves in a new and challenging way. The routes cater to varied abilities and participants can choose between a 6k, 10k, or 21k course before refuelling at the Waterfront Café.
Sign up at: akamustard.events/bewl-water-swimrun