The Big Hi5ive Events 2020

Friendly, fun, often mad, challenging Open Water Sea Swimming and Stand Up Paddleboarding events in Cornwall. In collaberation with the Mad Hatter Sports Events.


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Hi5ive Events in 2020!

Events range from the classic open water sea swimming events to an alternative Swim-SUP-RUN triathlon.

All Levels Welcome.

Swim, SUP & Run Alternative Triathlon - Sunday, May 10th 2020

The ultimate alternative triathlon for all skill levels – the Swim-SUP-Run at Polkerris beach. The traditional bike leg is replaced with a Stand Up Paddle board! No fancy carbon bikes, just you, a SUP board and your core strength.So whether you're a novice or experienced triathlete, this proves to be a different kind of challenge.

The tri starts with a 750m sea swim. Once completed and after a quick transition on the beach you'll pick up your SUP and jump aboard for a 1.5km paddle before returning to the beach and into transition. Here you'll leave your SUP and get your trainers on for the final leg, an out and back run along the South West Coastal Path towards Gribbin head before looping back and returning to finish on Polkerris beach.

The event is open to both individual and relay entries so if you don't fancy doing all three disciplines, grab a mate or two and do one each! 

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5km SUP Race - Sunday, May 10th 2020

A single 5km paddle board race starting on the same day as the Swim-SUP-Run alternative Triathlon so you can try your hand at both. The SUP will see participants start on Polkerris beach and paddle out toward Gibbin Head and back to finish at the beach. This event is ideal for those who are new to SUP racing as well as more experienced paddlers.

A limited number of SUPs are available to hire, if required please select this option on entering to secure one. Boards will be distributed at registration on a first come first served basis and you are not guaranteed to be able to select a board size. You can wear what you want on the paddle boards (wetsuit, swimmers or fancy dress if you want) as long as you have a leash. There will be a number of prizes available to competitors including 1st/2nd/3rd male and female as well as spot prizes, each entry will also receive an event t-shirt.

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Charlestown to Polkerris 5k Sea Swim- Saturday, June 27th 2020

A point to point swim starting at the harbour of Charlestown and finishing on the beach in the harbour of Polkerris. The swim route will take you across St Austell Bay from West to East passing Carlyon Bay beach plus Spit and Par before finishing at Polkerris. Hopefully you'll be rewarded with a clear flat calm turquoise sea and lots of ocean wildlife en route. A massive swim-five from the Mad Hatter crew will await every competitor at the finish from 1st to last. What's not to like?

Each competitor will receive a coloured swim hat and a special commemorative medal. Male and Female prizes for overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd and age category winners. Registration will take place at Polkerris and we can transport you to the start in Charlestown unless you have your own transport with family/friends.There is a £2 charge for the coach trip to Charlestown.

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Polkerris Hokey Cokey - Saturday, August 1st 2020

A new event for 2020 and the third in the Mad Hatter swimrun series - is the Hokey Cokey Polkerris Swimrun. A single distance course totalling approx 16.5km with 5 runs and 4 swims. The event will be open to teams of two and individuals and will be a great introduction into an ever-growing sport. Starting and finishing in the beautiful bay of Polkerris and taking in the stunning Polridmouth beach, Menabilly beach and the iconic Gribbin head plus coast path trail runs.

The entry fee includes an event memento and a silicone swim hat. Prizes will be awarded for 1st/2nd/3rd male and female along with spot prizes.

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Polkerris Swim Festival Saturday, August 29th

The Swim Festival is a mass-participation open water sea swimming event and a great chance to challenge yourself in a particular swim distance. If you're feeling fit and strong you could swim two or even all three distances! This event also includes a juniors swim event for children from 8-14 years of ages with a distance of approximately 500m.

The adult event offers a choice of a 1km, 2km, or 3km distance. The course will consist of 1km laps and will include a very short Australian exit near the water's edge ideal for spectators.

Each swim will have a separate start time. The festival will begin with the 3km swim followed by the 2km and then the 1km. This order will help those who are doing all 3 distances, clocking up a total of 6km. That would deserve some well earned kudos!

Each competitor will receive a swim hat and a special commemorative medal. If you enter all 3 swims you will receive a £15 discount on the total entry fee. Male and female prizes for overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd and age category winners for all swim distances. The entry fee includes a medal and a silicone swim hat. 

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