This year we have partnered with the Mumbles Rugby Football Club to use their grounds at Underhill Park, Mumbles, where we will hold the event registrations, briefings and where both distance races will finish. There will be a post-race social with BBQ after each race.

Schedule

Breca Gower SPRINT

All activity is at Underhill Park, Mumbles, unless otherwise specified

SATURDAY 7th July

08:00 Registration, kit inspections
09:30 Race brief
10:30 Bag drop opens. Board athletes’ coaches
10:45 Coaches depart for start
11:20 Teams fully assembled at start at Oxwich
11:30 Breca Gower Sprint start
14:00 First competitors expected at finish. BBQ available
15:30 Presentations and social 

BRECA GOWER

All activity is at Underhill Park, Mumbles, unless otherwise specified

SATURDAY 7th July

17:00 Registration, kit inspections
19:00 Race brief

SUNDAY 8th July

05:45 Bag drop opens. Board athletes’ coaches
06:00 Coaches depart for start
06:50 Teams fully assembled at start at Rhossili
07:00 Breca Gower start
12:30 First competitors expected at finish. BBQ available
17:30 Presentations and social


logistics

IMPORTANT: the event logistics are different from last year! 

GETTING THERE

Car: Swansea is easily accessible from the M4. To reach the city centre from Carmarthen use junction 47 and from the Cardiff direction use junction 42.

Train: There is a train station in High Street which is within walking distance of the city centre. There are high-speed First Great Western trains run from London and frequent Arriva Wales trains running from west Wales, the Marches, the Midlands and the South West. For more information, visit the National Rail enquiries website.

Coach and bus: Greyhound operate a frequent shuttle service between Cardiff, Swansea and Bristol airport. There are frequent National Express coaches to Swansea from all other principal towns in south and west Wales. The National Express also has links with London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports.  Visit the National Express or Greyhound websites.

Plane: the nearest airport is Cardiff International Airport. Swansea has its own airport, which is suitable for small aircraft.

parking and getting to Underhill Park

Parking at Underhill Park is limited. There is a small car park – the entrance is AFTER the park if approaching from Mumbles; please do not attempt to drive down the first access road which has no parking and limited turning space. If you can, please leave cars at your accommodation or park in public car parks in Mumbles. You will NOT be allowed to park at Underhill Park if the car park is full.

From Mumbles, it is an easy 10-minute walk to Underhill Park along Newton Road.

If you plan to be dropped off or collected at Underhill Park, please read the advice on this in the “Race Start” and “Race Finish” sections.

ACCOMMODATION

We suggest that competitors book accommodation near Swansea and The Mumbles. Registration, the race brief, the race finish and post-race party will be in this area, and there will be coaches from Mumbles to the race start.

July is a busy time in Gower so accommodation will be in demand. Please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Visit the Swansea Bay or Mumbles.co.uk website for links to accommodation providers and to make the most of your stay. 

REGISTRATION and RACE BRIEF

Registration and the race brief will take place at Underhill Park.

Breca Gower Sprint registration is from 08:00 on Saturday 7th July, followed by the race brief at 09:30.

You may wear your kit to the registration and briefing to avoid having to get changed, but there are changing facilities at Underhill Park, if you wish to use them.

Breca Gower registration is from 17:00 on Saturday 7th July, followed by the race brief at 19:00.

Please register with your partner and BRING YOUR MANDATORY KIT. If you do not bring these items with you, you will have to go and get them. You will not be allowed to register without them. This is critical especially for the sprint race as you will miss the race start.

What to Bring: Every competitor must present:

  • Photo identification
  • Whistle
  • Reusable cup or flask – read about our pioneering “cup free” race sustainability initiative. We will accept any type but it must be reasonably robust.
  • Wetsuit.

You will be issued with your race vests and swim caps during registration.

You MUST attend your race brief, where we will give you vital information about the course and race logistics. 

RACE START

NOTE: please arrive at the start changed and ready to race. There are no changing facilities at the start and if you use the cafés or public toilet facilities we will lose our event permit.

We recommend that you use the complimentary competitor coach service that we are providing to transport teams to the race starts.

You will not be able to leave anything on the coaches; board the coach changed and ready to race, and leave your drop bags at Underhill Park before departure.

Breca Gower Sprint

The Sprint distance race start is at Oxwich Bay. Coaches will depart from Underhill Park after the race registration and briefing, at 10:45.

If you plan to leave a car or be dropped off at the start instead, please use the pay-on-entry car park for Oxwich Beach and arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time to collect a tracker.

Breca Gower

Coaches for the full distance race start will depart from Underhill Park at 06:00 on Sunday 8th.

If you plan to leave a car or be dropped off at the start instead, please use the pay and display National Trust car park at Rhossili and arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time to collect a tracker.

DROP BAGS

You may leave a small drop bag at Underhill Park before you board the coach.

We recommend a change of clothes, shoes, money and a towel so that you can join us at the post-race social. There will be event staff in the area but bags will not be attended at all times and you leave them at your own risk.

If you arrive at the start under your own steam (not on the complimentary coaches), you will not be able to leave a drop bag there. 

RACE FINISH and social

Both races finish at Underhill Park.

There will be a bar and BBQ available for a post-race social on both days.

POST-race bbq

If you plan to be collected at the finish, please note that there is limited parking at Underhill Park and vehicular access is restricted. Arrange a pick-up on Newton Road, or Langland Road, instead, or walk to Mumbles.

CUT OFFS

We use cut off times to make sure that everyone completes the race safely and before dark. Cut offs are also critical for our safety plan for boats and the medical team. Consequently, cut off times will be strictly enforced. If you miss a cut off and continue to race you will be disqualified from this and all future Breca Swimrun events.

Cut off times are enforced at checkpoints and at swim entries. Checkpoint cut off times are listed below.

CHECKPOINTS AND NUTRITION

There are five checkpoints on the Breca Gower course and two on the sprint course. Locations are viewable on the website course maps.  

Breca Gower Sprint
Start: Oxwich Bay | 11:30
Hydration (water)

Checkpoint 1: Pennard car park | 6.3km | 13:05 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | Jelly Babies | Bananas | TRIBE bars | Jaffa Cakes

Checkpoint 2: Caswell Bay | 12.3km | 14:30 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | Jelly Babies | Oranges | New potatoes | Jaffa Cakes 

Finish: Underhill Park | 20km | 15:50 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | BBQ for participants and spectators

Breca Gower
Start: Rhossili | 07:00
Hydration (water)

Checkpoint 1: Foxhole Slade | 9.8km | 09:40 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) |  Jelly Babies | Bananas | TRIBE bars | Jaffa Cakes

Checkpoint 2: Horton | 16.3km | 11:10 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | Jelly Babies | Oranges | New potatoes | Jaffa Cakes 

Checkpoint 3: Oxwich Burrows | 22.9km | 13:15 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | Jelly Babies | Bananas | TRIBE bars | Jaffa Cakes

Checkpoint 4: Pennard car park | 29km | 14:50 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | Jelly Babies | Oranges | New potatoes | Jaffa Cakes 

Checkpoint 5: Caswell Bay | 35km | 16:10 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | Jelly Babies | Bananas | TRIBE bars | Jaffa Cakes

Finish: Underhill Park | 42.8km | 17:35 cut off
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | BBQ for participants and spectators

COURSE MARKING

The courses are fully marked with Breca Swimrun arrows, and marshals with flags at transitions. You do not need a map unless you wish to carry one.

SPECTATORS

Supporters are more than welcome to attend the event and we hope to see you especially at the finish lines and the post-race socials.

We have produced a Spectator Guide that you can download and print.

We ask that you observe the following advice:

  • Please do not accompany competitors to the race registration and briefing. The venue is not big enough.
  • Please use designated public car parks and DO NOT park on roadsides around the course, or on private property.

final checklist

Have you:

  • Booked your accommodation?
  • Read the instructions on what to bring to registration?
  • Read the instructions about parking and getting to and from Underhill Park, including drop-offs / pick-ups?
  • Made a note of the critical timings for registration, briefings and start or coach boarding?
  • Passed on the spectator information to your supporters who plan to watch the race?