Swimmers will be squeezing into their wetsuits and plunging into the Thames near Excel on Saturday, July 16 for the Great Newham London Swim .

Around 1,500 competitors are expected to enter the water from 9am close to the Emirates Air Line terminal and then crawl, breaststroke and paddle their way around Royal Victoria Docks passed the Excel exhibition centre and under Royal Victoria Bridge.

Read more: How to get to the Great Newham London Swim

Beginners and anyone aged 12 and over can enter the half mile route which is equivalent to about 32 length of a 25 metre pool and takes on average 20 minutes to complete.

Swimmers over 16 can enter the one-mile, which takes on average 40 minutes, or two-mile swim, which takes around one hour and 15 minutes.

They will be accompanied along the way by expert safety kayakers to ensure everyone gets back to dry land safely.

Many of the swimmers will be raising money for charity through the event, which is supported by Arthritis Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The following day, Sunday, July 17 runners from more than 500 clubs across London will take part in the Great Newham London Run at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

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