Last weekend, over 450 competitors came together for very last edition of Breca Buttermere and the inaugural Breca UK National Championships.
It was an extraordinary experience to stand on the finish line of the Breca Bay of Islands swimrun and share the excitement and elation of the athletes racing at the inaugural Breca Swimrun National Championships.
One race per season will be designated the Breca National Championship…
My partner Steve and I have never done a swimrun event, but we can safely say that our swimrun journey has well and truly started...
5 tips to make you and your swimrun partner go faster, and most of all, to enjoy the race together:
I began reading in more detail what a swimrun entails and I must admit I was quite intimidated by the magnitude of the challenge. It was obvious that proper preparation and training was required to have a shot at completing the event…
When I signed up with Tom for Breca Swimrun in the Gower, Wales, I had no idea what I was in for! I saw the route card with a marathon run and 6k of swimming and thought it was doable, but what I didn’t take into account was a shed load of climbing, sand dunes, beaches, pebbles, rocks and cliffs…
As I sit down to write this report, four days after the race, I am still fizzing with excitement about the whole experience. I know I am going to struggle to articulate the sheer beauty of the landscapes, the peaceful joy of the swims, and the total destructive power of the hills. I will give it my best shot…
"It epitomises the true spirit of adventure and ensures inspiring camaraderie at every turn."
Watching the videos and looking at the pictures from events like ÖTILLÖ and Breca SwimRun was infectious. The race locations didn’t look anything like what we were used to with marathons or Ironman. These locales were wild, untamed – some looked downright menacing!
“Ready? Ready! Go!” We leap from the ferry, clad in neoprene, shoes on, tethered to each other; Our SwimRun journey had begun...
How running in your wetsuit and swimming in your shoes could be the challenge that many aquathletes have been waiting for…
I feel extremely fortunate to live on Jersey as it boasts incredible trails and the most stunning coast line for open water swimming which I have kept hanging on in there from my triathlon days.
Come July, we knuckled down to the 'suck it and see' training approach in preparation for our first swimrun race. I still have memories of the strange looks we got at the lakes around London; both of us in our hand paddles, bungee roped pool buoys, trainers & chopped up wetsuits.
Today, the mantra “Light is right” has taken hold. There are still a few common items you see: hand paddles (for all but the most accomplished swimmers) for extra propulsion in the water, and pull-buoys to lift legs otherwise weighted down with trainers.
One of the biggest appeals to me about the Breca Swimrun series is that it is less about racing the clock and more so about a team of two overcoming what nature throws at you on the day, adding to the already physically and even emotionally demanding day.
Our #swimrunjourney began in 2012 at the ÖTILLÖ in Sweden. For those who don’t know ÖTILLÖ is an approx. 75KM swimrun race comprising 10km of swimming and 65km of running down a chunk of the Stockholm Archipelago conceived as a drinking contest between some yachties about 7 years ago.
Our swimrun event in July takes place around the coastline of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula – the UK’s first location to be denoted an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a great place to spend the weekend, hiking, surfing or swimrunning. Here are our top pick of places to visit and things to do in Gower
Inspiring teamwork in the world of endurance sport
There is nothing like taking a path less trodden and seeing it through to completion. Along the way you’ll see things you never imagined and put yourself to the test, particularly if you’re navigating tough conditions.
The journey for me started quite late. An innocent conversation with a long time old time swim buddy in Jan 17 (the event was March 17), “Shall we try something different – Breca Wanaka Sprint”. And so it was that Olympic swimmer Murray Burdan and I came to this new world of swimrun.
For me, swimrun offers the chance to combine running over the rugged mountain terrain that I’d expect to find fell running with adventure swimming...
The first part of the race was great, we were both feeling good and we were relaxed. We took a bit of a detour allowing the team behind to nearly catch us, this was when panic stations hit and we really pushed the long swim and long run to get back out of sight.
"The team aspect is the defining element of swimrun. This rubs off on the whole race day environment, where you have not only a teammate but rival teams to share the pre-race banter and post-race endorphins."
We have three pieces of equipment advice for new Swimrunners: 1. Find a wetsuit that fits you well and feels comfortable. One wetsuit won't fit all swimrunners; some like more buoyancy, some need more flexibility for easier running.
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