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What you need to know about Swimrun

What started out as a drunken bet between two friends in Sweden is fast becoming one of the more popular multi-sport racing events. Swimruns are always carried out outdoors and in open water where your goal is to go from a start to finish through a course with several checkpoints. It has several stages, which means you have to switch between running and swimming several times.

You enter as a two person team, and usually you have to be within 10m of each other for the whole race. Some people tie themselves together to make sure they don’t drift during the swim. The original ÖTILLÖ in Stockholm is regarded as one of the toughest adventure races around, but as the sport grows there are events suitable for newbies as well as hardened endurance athletes. We’ve created a list of our favourites, from swimruns in Wales, Cumbria, Scotland and the Scilly Isles, you’re sure to find an adventure that suits.

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Experience Wales' iconic Gower peninsula like never before. Race against the tide to swim onto the dragon-like Worm's Head promontory before exploring limestone cliffs, ancient woodlands, white sand beaches and secret bays. 40km of trail running on Gower's spectacular and challenging coastal path and 6km of ocean swims will make Breca Gower a true swimrun test and an unforgettable experience.

In 2018 for the first time we will be offering two distances.

Breca Gower

Dunvant, Swansea, GB
2 races
£270£400
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Breca Buttermere is the UK's original swimrun adventure through England's most stunning and rugged wilderness - the Western Fells of the Lake District.

Set in the Buttermere and Borrowdale valleys, the course encompasses ancient corpse roads, waterfalls, exhilarating Lakeland ridges, island crossings and some of the most spectacular views in the Lake District National Park.

Join us on the weekend of 11-12th August 2018 for the fourth edition and an updated course, with additional swims in two new lakes - Loweswater and Derwentwater.

Breca Buttermere

Cockermouth, GB
2 races
£270£400
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Breca Jersey is the Channel Islands' first swimrun race around the stunning coastline of Jersey. The courses have incredible ocean swims across the island's iconic bays. Teams will race counter-clockwise around the island in a battle against Jersey's relentless 40ft tides. Being some of the highest in the world, the tides present an ever-changing course and a unique challenge in the world of swimrun. Teamwork will be essential for pairs to overcome these swirling ocean waters and technical rocky transitions.

Breca Jersey

St Lawrence, JE
2 races
£270£400
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A beautiful race in an incredible landscape, with tough terrain, deep lochs, island hopping and rugged trails. Swim through five Lochs (two for the sprint) - Lochs Ness, Duntelchaig, Ceo Glais, Mhor & Tarff - they're deep, cold, and legend has it one is inhabited! The runs take in old trails, forest trails, rough trails and no trails: there's no shortage of variation along our incredible South Loch Ness route.

To register for Breca Loch Gu Loch, you only need to submit one person's details. We will follow up with you directly to obtain your teammate's details.

Breca Loch Gu Loch

Inverness, GB
2 races
£270£400
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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.

Breca Coniston

Coniston, GB
2 races
£270£400

The start of the Swedish Swimrun season and a tribute to the origin of the sport. Ut and its surrounding islands will provide the scene for two beautiful races along magical trails and beautiful open-water swims.

Ut is where the whole Swimrun movement started and where the first drunken bet was made. It is an island in the southern part of the Stockholm archipelago almost 90 minutes from Stockholm. It is an island with a year- round population and with a great hotel, Ut Vrdshus our home away from home. In the end of May you can detect the beginning of summer, most of the years. Flowers are blooming, the grass is green and trees are coming to life after a long winter.

The island of Ut has been populated for many centuries and was a booming mining community several hundreds of years ago. Lithium was found here for the first time. The island has everything; beautiful forests, cliffs, open pasture land, big hills, rough water and very protected waters.

People call Ut the Island of Love come find out why for yourself.

As a tribute to the beginning we host a World Series race on the Sunday and a sprint on the Saturday.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Weekend – Utö

Utö, Stockholms län, SE
2 races
SEK1,400SEK3,995

The Isles of Scilly is a place which we did not think existed. It looks like the lost world of Atlantis with clear, beautiful water, pristine beaches and ancient stone walls. For us it is a dream come true after searching in many places for our home in the UK.

We spent more than 18 months chasing our dream location in the UK, we wanted to find something unique. By chance we happend upon the Isles of Scilly. It is truely a unique place where it is difficult to not get emationally affected.

The Isles of Scilly are off the south-west tip of England, in the Atlantic. They have been inhabited since the Stone Age and is a mythical place. All in all 140 islands of which five are inhabited. At times, when low tide is low, you can walk between islands. Exceptional beauty and a pristine environment where the power of the Ocean is never far away! The trail- running is magical with some of the most beautiful runs we have ever done.

We work very closely with the Wildlife Trust to make sure the running sections have a minimum of impact on the nesting birds and wildlife.
In June the flowers are in full bloom which is apparent when passing through the beautiful Tresco Gardens and the sea is usually calmer but still with huge tidal changes of more than 5 metres.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Weekend – Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly, GB
2 races
€150€420

Swim in the deep clear waters of Llyn Padarn and run beneath the majestic summit of Snowdon Love SwimRun Llanberis will take place in Padarn Country Park, home to some of the most spectacular scenery in North Wales!

Love SwimRun Llanberis will take place in Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. The multi transition course at Llanberis in North Wales will involve a total of approximately 3.5km of swimming and 12.5km of running.

The running route will take in some of Snowdonias most stunning scenery and views on mainly off road terrain, including beautiful woodland, a historic monument and a tough climb up into the old slate quarries that tower above the valley. The swim sections will all take place in Llyn Padarn, entering and exiting the lake at various locations, so by the time you reach the finish line you will have swum the entire length and explored every corner!

Love SwimRun Llanberis

Caernarfon, GB

A new and exciting event for 2017 is the Polkerris Biathlon.

Whether you're a novice or experienced triathlete, challenge yourself and be part of our inaugural event.

Starting on the stunning Polkerris beach, the event involves a 1.5km open water sea swim in and around the harbour followed by a tough but rewarding 6km run along the scenic South West Coastal Path. You'll travel towards the sight of Gribbin Tower before looping back to finish on the beach where a warm Mad Hatter congratulations will await you.

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

Polkerris Biathlon

Par, GB

A unique race in a unique place, hosted in the fantastic Engadin Valley in Switzerland.

The Engadin Valley is the first place we went to when we wanted to take the sport of Swimrun out of Sweden. The exceptional beauty of the valley speaks for itself.

The Engadin Valley is in the Swiss Alps with the well-known St Moritz in one end of the valley. Mats & Michael raced here in the Adventure Racing World Championships in 2001 and fell in love with the Engadin. The valley has several pristine mountain lakes on the valley floor and also some at altitude, up in the mountains. The trail- running is awesome with some very good vertical. This race is a real test for the athletes.

In July the flowers are in full bloom and the kite-surfers fill Lake Silvaplana on windy days.

We host the World Series race on the Sunday and the Sprint on the Saturday.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Weekend – Engadin

Zernez, Graubünden, CH
2 races
€150€420

SwimRun Fritton Lake is returning TWICE in 2018 after a sold out and very successful inaugural 2017 event. This Summer edition of the Swedish style tillo event embodies fun and team work with a healthy serving of mud under a Summer sky. Run trails through the privately owned Somerleyton Estate and plunge into the beautiful Fritton Lake on this rare opportunity to experience the pristine woodlands and beautiful views in areas not normally accessible to the public. If you prefer your SwimRun colder, wetter & muddier then why not check out our Autumn edition of this event?

In teams of two you will complete a 10km course comprised of 6 run sections and 5 swims. Each leg offering stunning views and varied terrain. Always within 10m of your team mate on the swim and 100m on the run you will share the experience, the fun, the beauty and the suffering as you race the pre-marked course alternating between running and swimming.

Running in your wetsuit/swimming kit and swimming in your trainers you will travel through beautiful unspoilt surroundings immersed (literally!) in nature.

The route totals approximately 1800m of open water swimming, entering and exiting at various locations along the lake. Together with approximately 8.2 km of mixed terrain running you will explore both sides of the lake and cross the Norfolk/Suffolk boundary many times.

SwimRun Fritton Lake – Summer

Great Yarmouth, GB
1 race
£100

TILL, The Swimrun World Championship is very difficult to get into and you need to be a very good team to manage the whole course. At the same time many people want to experience the TILL course; which in itself is impossible as it is too complex for us to do anything but the race once a year and at full race pace.

That is why we now introduce the very, beautiful TILL Sprint Final 15K which covers the last and very emotional part of the grueling World Championship course.

This sprint race is not easy but you do not have to go fast. We suggest that you have some previous racing experience as you can meet a lot of current along the way.

The winners of each category will get a free entry to an TILL Qualifier of choice for the following year.

The TILL Sprint Final 15K covers most of the last and very emotional part of the grueling World Championship course. A total distance of 15 km, with 10 runs and 9 swims. The longest swim will be 1 150 metres. Some swims can have a lot of current. The runs are beautiful and tough; some on soft trail, some on cliffs, some on old country roads and some with a lot of people around.

ÖTILLÖ Sprint Final 15k

Ornö, Stockholms län, SE
1 race
SEK2,200

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