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Scotland is an incredible country with endless possibilities for race venues, all as stunning as the next. But it was felt they needed to use a location with international appeal and what better place than the deep, dark and legend has it, bottomless, Loch Ness.
"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.
Tempted to try your hand at the emerging new endurance sport taking the world by storm? Here are 7 reasons why you won't regret it.
swimrun Training tips
We are three episodes deep into our Beginner’s Guide to Swimrun video series, this time discussing the gear options for swimrun events.
How to choose your swimrun race? How to choose your swimrun partner? How to train for swimrun? Alan Scott, and our resident beginner, Annie Ross, discuss these questions and more in episode two of our series on the key things to know about swimrun.
What is swimrun? Who is it is for? What is the race format like? Experienced swimrunner, Alan Scott, and our resident beginner, Annie Ross, discuss these questions and more in episode one of our series on the key things to know about swimrun.
You can strengthen your muscles to cope with these demands and avoid picking up problems with your calf muscles, Achilles tendons, plantar fascia and toes. These only need to be performed a couple of times a week...
One of the most common questions amongst those new to swimrun, and even those not so new to the sport, is whether or not to use paddles. Do they give you an advantage in open water? Will they make you swim faster? Aileen Sullivan from Victory Health & Performance investigates.
Techniques to get the most out of your training and help you prepare for your next swimrun adventure.
New to swimrun or looking to improve your race times? Mike Alexander of 'WeSwimrun' shares his top tips for swimrun racing.
Talking to the teams at the finish, it became clear that the final swim across Grasmere was seared most vividly into their memories. Wordsworth described Grasmere as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. Clearly, Wordsworth was not at Breca Coniston 2017.
The Breca Jersey swimrun course has swimming stages on three sides of the island, and the sea state on each can vary dramatically. And so it was this year, as the benign waters on the first few swims rapidly gave way to swell, currents and churning eddies.
It was the swimming that will be most memorable for the teams that fought their way around the course. As one experienced Breca competitor said to me at the finish line, this was a true swimmers event. The athletes had to contend with big swells, shifting tides and currents – it turned relatively short swim stages into epic battles against the elements.
The Cumbrian fells are a special place. They are in equal parts beautiful, mysterious, ominous and exhilarating. The traditional Breca Buttermere summer hailstorms aside, the experience of the hills is inherently unpredictable - the going can change in a moment and without warning.
Coming ashore from Stevenson’s island on the west side of the inlet we climbed up to a balcony track with views over the portage at the north end and back down over the island to Dublin Bay. I’ve never been anywhere near here before and we got there unaided wearing wetsuits. What a wonderful sport.
By any measure Breca Wanaka 2017 exceeded our expectations: both the outstanding performances throughout the field and the warmth and generosity of the local community and the volunteers who supported the event.
Pioneer events are always special...
Leaden skies loomed over the 94 teams assembled on the start line...
A beautiful race in an incredible landscape, with tough terrain, deep lochs, island hopping and rugged trails.
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Changes to the mandatory equipment, UK sprint series, a price increase and an Armed Forces discount...
Swimrun places unique demands on your shoes. They need to perform across craggy hilltops, mountain tarns, rugged trails and glittering lakes. The athletes’ interaction with these landscapes is central to the Breca Swimrun experience, and in inov-8 we found a partner that shared this ethos.
At a swimrun event we are not talking about waste on the scale of the coffee cup, but we felt it was important to do what we could to reduce our impact. So Breca Wanaka, on March 25th in New Zealand’s South Island, will be the first swimrun event to send not a single cup to waste.
“Do not attempt to train using the swim to Worm’s Head. There is a real risk to life if the route is used at the wrong time due to the dangerous currents and tidal flows in this area”. So began a safety warning I sent recently to our Breca Gower competitors...
Clapham Bruderwunderz successfully defend their title, and three new course records!
Jump into swimrun with the new Breca Swimrun Sprint Series - shorter distance races in the same spectacular locations!
Swimrun comes to Ireland for the first time with Breca Árainn Mhór in Donegal.