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…
The 2018 swimrun season has begun
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.
A beautiful race in an incredible landscape, with tough terrain, deep lochs, island hopping and rugged trails.
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.
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We are three episodes deep into our Beginner’s Guide to Swimrun video series, this time discussing the gear options for swimrun events.
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
Changes to the mandatory equipment, UK sprint series, a price increase and an Armed Forces discount...
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.
Inspiring teamwork in the world of endurance sport