A beginners guide to swimrun

A beginners guide to swimrun

For those of you that are new to the sport, we’ve compiled this handy ‘Beginners’ Guide’ to demystify this exciting new format.

How we won the Breca Gower mixed team swimrun race

How we won the Breca Gower mixed team swimrun race

This was an excellent race for us, as we:

  • Nailed our kit selection

  • Had the perfect nutrition plan

  • Were well hydrated pre and during the race

  • Had the fitness to push when need

  • We were injury free.

The UK's Ultimate SwimRun Challenge?

The UK's Ultimate SwimRun Challenge?

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...

Rafael’s Road to Swimrun

Rafael’s Road to Swimrun

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…

Tuff Fitty Triathlon Club’s post Breca Gower debrief

Tuff Fitty Triathlon Club’s post Breca Gower debrief

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…

My #SwimrunJourney to Breca Buttermere 2017

My #SwimrunJourney to Breca Buttermere 2017

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…

#SwimrunJourney - SwimRun North Carolina

#SwimrunJourney - SwimRun North Carolina

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!

The Road to Swimrun. #SwimrunJourney

The Road to Swimrun. #SwimrunJourney

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.

My #swimrunjourney - Oli Smiddy

My #swimrunjourney - Oli Smiddy

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.

My #SwimrunJourney

My #SwimrunJourney

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.