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S5W-22485: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what support it will provide to organise an alternative event to the Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond, and whether such an event will take place in 2019.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 24 April 2019

As a funding partner of the Great Scottish Swim for a number of years, EventScotland were in ongoing contact with the organisers of the event, The Great Run Company, regarding this year’s event and their decision to cancel it. Despite growing numbers of participants and best efforts to find alternative arrangements, the event was not at a level that was sustainable for the organisers in the long term.

However, EventScotland has been supporting Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park to explore options to attract a new operator to deliver another open water swimming event for 2019. A new operator has now been found and the event will take place this year on 7 th September. Registrations for the event are now open.