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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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As Keen As Mustard Swimrun is based on the Swedish style endurance called Otillo. We have a Mild Mustard version of the race. Ours is 10K and consists of approx 1.8k of open water swimming and 8.2k of trail running around the beautiful lakes and tracks at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough.

Mild Mustard 10k Swimrun – Race 1

Peterborough, Peterborough, GB
1 race
£45
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As Keen As Mustard Swimrun is based on the Swedish style endurance called Otillo. We have a Mild Mustard version of the race. Ours is 10K and consists of approx 1.8k of open water swimming and 8.2k of trail running around the wonderful site that is Box End Park, Kempston.

Mild Mustard 10k Swimrun – Race 2

Kempston, Bedford, GB
1 race
£45
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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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As Keen As Mustard Swimrun is based on the Swedish style endurance called Otillo. We have a Muddy Mustard version of the race. Ours is 7K and consists of approx 1.5k of open water swimming and 5.5k of trail and mud running around the wonderful site that is Ride Leisure, Watersports Centre at Wyboston lakes in Bedfordshire.

Muddy Mustard 7k Swimrun

Bedford, GB
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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

On Saturday 9 June 2018 the three SwimRun distances (short, middle and endurance) will be returning to Windermere. This time, the three distances will start and finish at our brand new location at Brockhole on Windermere.

Based on teamwork, passion, and closeness to nature, teams of two embark on a seamless journey across the landscape, taking on land and water, as they navigate their way around the course.

The Great North SwimRun is an opportunity to ditch the roads and the pool; limber up and embrace an off-road, open-water island-hopping adventure!

Great North Swimrun

Ecclerigg, Cumbria, GB
3 races
£150£300

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

An ideal entry level event giving everyone the chance to sample the SwimRun experience. Based on a single lap of Alton Water which is set in 400 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside.

The event starts and finishes at the main Great East Swim event site. The 11.3km course (approximately) comprises 4 swims and 3 runs. The swim courses include the start and finish sections of the Great Swims with a sunken tennis court thrown in for good measure.

Great East Swimrun

Ipswich, GB
1 race
£60

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

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