Breca Buttermere

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Imagine a land of extremes: the home of England’s highest mountain and its deepest lake. An ancient landscape of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns, rugged trails and glittering lakes. That place is the Lake District National Park, and for centuries it has captivated the imagination of adventurers, explorers and intellectuals alike. This is the setting for Breca Buttermere - the UK's original swimrun race. The courses will test you on many levels: the lakes are cold and deep; the ascents are steep and the descents are technical. It’s a course that favours the complete athlete.
Breca Buttermere Sprint, and Breca Buttermere
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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 - Sun, 11 Aug 2019
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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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Where and when
B5289, Cockermouth CA13 9XA, UK
Start times
Sun, 11 Aug 2019
Breca Buttermere:
Sat, 10 Aug 2019
Breca Buttermere Sprint:
Races summary
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Breca Buttermere
Breca Buttermere Sprint
Route information
Entry-only tickets are fora team entry (two-persons)
Breca Buttermere
Estimated completion time: 5.5-11 hours
Terrain: trails, sections of technical running; steps; steep slopes. The long fells section is in effect a category AM fell race.
Swimming: rocky beach entries and exits, some technical transitions
Difficulty: hard. To complete this race you need a high level of fitness and should be confident in the fells
Breca Buttermere Sprint
Estimated completion time: 2-4 hours
Terrain: trails, sections of technical running; steps.
Swimming: rocky beach entries and exits
Difficulty: medium. To complete this race you need a medium to high level of fitness
What's included
The entry fee includes:
  • swim cap
  • finishers’ t-shirts
  • finishers’ medals
  • Prizes
  • race timing
  • race nutrition and hydration
  • free event photography
  • coaches to the race start
How to get there
B5289, Cockermouth CA13 9XA, UK
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Event day logistics
The schedule and full information on registration, race timings, checkpoints and nutrition will be released shortly.
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Breca Swimrun
Imagine a sport that takes you to beautiful, wild places; over craggy hilltops, through mountain tarns, along rugged coastlines and across glittering lakes. Now picture doing all of that with friend by your side - two trailblazers together in the world of endurance sport. Welcome to Breca, a series of extreme SWIMRUN adventure events. Join us to swimrun in some of the most challenging landscapes in the UK and New Zealand.
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Spectator Info
Supporters are more than welcome to attend the event and we hope to see you especially at the finish lines and the post-race social.
We ask that you observe the following advice:
  • Please do not accompany competitors to the race registration and briefing. The venue is not big enough.
  • Please do not attend the race start of the full or sprint distance races. The start locations are restricted spaces with no spare parking and narrow roads.
  • Please use designated public car parks and don’t park on private property or roadsides.
  • The best places to watch the races are on the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere which both have many footpaths around them. There are small car parks along the B5289 and in Buttermere village, which also has cafes and pubs.
The finish area of the Buttermere Sprint will be on the lakeshore of Buttermere, at Hassness. Please park in Buttermere or at the car park at Gatesgarth and walk to the field, as there will be no parking there. Please DO NOT enter the Hassness House driveway as the finish area is not accessible from there.
There is a good footpath around Derwent Water but not much parking at the southern end near Manesty where the full distance competitors descend from the fells. Much better to cheer them on at the last swim exit near Crow Park, or at the finish.
Kit List
Each team must have:
  • Two wetsuits suitable for temperatures of 10°c
  • Two whistles
  • Two reusable cups or flasks – any kind will be accepted, as long as they are genuinely reusable
Teams may also use tow ropes, paddles, pull buoys and fins (no longer than 15cm, measured from the toe), but they are not mandatory.
5 reviews
Did the Breca Buttermere in 2017
Brutal but beautiful!
Did the Breca Buttermere Sprint in 2017
It was my first time my partner and I had competed in a race of this nature (no pun intended). The course was exactly as promised on social media, rugged and truly breathtaking. We were complete novices to the sport, but would highly recommend the Sprint event to anyone who is interested but battling slight trepidation. The other athletes built such a positive atmosphere from registration day to the finish line that is eased any anxiety. The only improvements I felt that could have been made were updating any changes to all aspects of the website (map, route card, logistics page, etc.) and to have a clock or someone provide your final race time immediately after crossing the finish line. Not much else to say other than thank you to the swimrun team and volunteers for organizing such an amazing event!
Did the Breca Buttermere in 2017
Fantastic day out in the lakes!
Did the Breca Buttermere Sprint in 2017
I came up with my girlfriend from London for our first ever Swimrun (Sprint), which was our first open water swim event and the furthest my girlfriend had ever raced. We did not have the fancy kit, and were anxious that we would not be able to finish, but found the support and encouragement of all the volunteers and fellow Swimrunners inspired us to keep going. The event had a great feeling of community and comaraderie. The course was challenging but had been well thought out, with the longer swims and more challenging terrain coming towards the start when we were still fresh and raring to go. I was most nervous about the swim sections, but the presence of volunteers in kayaks was reassuring while still preserving the feeling that this was a race in the 'wild' The simplicity of the course markers and swim flags was really refreshing, having participated in other races where you are directed like cattle.The only issue we had came after the race, as our finish time was not recorded correctly and had us finishing in 14th place when in reality I think we were about third from last! Overall this was a fantastic experience, and I would definitely do another. I'd like to thanks all the organisers and volunteers for their support and the opportunity to take part is such a unique event.
Did the Breca Buttermere Sprint in 2017
Absolutely LOVED it. I was racing with a friend who only learnt to swim in Jan, so we took it slowly! Regardless, it's was sensational. Perhaps a longer run leg to start would have been a good way to split up the field - I was more aware of this due to being with a novice swimmer. I'll certainly be back. Thank you, mollie
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