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The Lake District is too perfect for swimrun for us to have only one event there, which is why we have returned for the newest addition to our UK series: Breca Coniston. Explore four of the most beautiful and imposing of the English lakes: Coniston Water, Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere. The course follows tracks and paths along valleys and over passes in the midst of splendid and varied Lakeland scenery.

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Alexander R
"An epic race! I'd never done a swimrun before but given my love of trail..."
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How to enter the Breca Coniston

  1. Breca Coniston

    SwimRun: Run 38km, Swim 5km
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  2. Breca Coniston Sprint

    SwimRun: Run 15km, Swim 3km
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Breca Coniston routes

Breca Coniston
Estimated completion time: 5-9.5 hours
Terrain: trails, sections of technical running; steps; steep slopes
Swimming: rocky beach entries and exits
Difficulty: hard. You need a high level of fitness to complete this race.

Breca Coniston Sprint
Estimated completion time: 2.5-4 hours
Terrain: trails, sections of technical running; steps; steep slopes
Swimming: rocky beach entries and exits
Difficulty: medium. To complete this race you need a medium level of fitness.

Event Details


What’s Included

Swimrun is raced in pairs – entry is for teams of two only

The entry fee includes:

  • swim cap
  • finishers’ t-shirts
  • finishers’ medals
  • prizes
  • race timing
  • race nutrition and hydration
  • free event photography
  • coaches to the start
Raceday Logistics

The schedule and full information on registration, race timings, checkpoints and nutrition will be released shortly.

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.


Supporters are more than welcome to attend the event and we hope to see you especially at the finish line and the post-race social at Tweedies Bar, Grasmere.

We ask that you please use designated public car parks and don’t park on private property or roadsides.

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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.



Breca Coniston reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Breca Coniston in 2017

    An epic race! I'd never done a swimrun before but given my love of trail running was really keen to give one a try, despite my swimming being a little bit rusty. I had admired the Breca events for a while, all the photos looked so amazing! It did not disappoint, this stunning course through the Lake District, crossing four different lakes and 42 km of trails was an awesome day out. If you have a partner that's a stronger swimmer than you (like I did), make sure you tie yourselves together during the swim (like I did not), you'll both make it through the race faster! The temperature in October in the Lake District can drop a little, so I'd go for a slightly thicker wetsuit if possible (mine was definitely better suited to summer swimruns!). After a 7 and half slog, I was pretty thrilled to arrive at the pub, and the hot showers were absolutely amazing. Thanks Ben and the team for an awesome event - I'll be back for another soon.
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