Breca Buttermere

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.

Breca Buttermere

Date: N/A | Run: 39km | Swim: 6km | Transitions: 24 | Total length: 45km
Course Map | Elevation ProfileRoute Card

  • 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

Date: N/A | Run: 15.5km | Swim: 3.3km | Transitions: 16 | Total length: 19km
Course Map | Elevation Profile | Route Card

  • 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

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Date

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.


Entry

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 race start


Mandatory kit

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.