Next event: 2019 sadly saw the final edition of Breca Butteremere, the inaugural Breca course. Please see the UK races page for information on other Breca events.
Location: The Lake District, England
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.
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
Swimrun is raced in pairs - entry is for teams of two only
The entry fee includes:
race nutrition and hydration
free event photography
coaches to the race start
Each team must have:
Two wetsuits suitable for temperatures of 10°c
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.