Scilly Warms Up for World Swimrun Test

Otillo Matti Andersson

The Isles of Scilly are preparing to host one of world sport’s most daunting challenges: the UK leg of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series on Saturday 17 June, which will see more than 110 pairs tackling a course of nearly 40km, alternating between running and open-water swimming.

The teams of two, including competitors from the UK, Sweden, France and Germany, will have their athleticism and powers of endurance tested to the limit over ten trail runs and nine swim sections across St. Mary’s, Tresco, St. Martin’s and Bryher. In total, they’ll cover 30km on foot and 7.5km in open water, competing for eight spots in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship held in the Stockholm Archipelago on 4 September. The fastest teams are expected to complete the course in around five hours. The main race will be followed on Sunday 18 June by a taster sprint event.

ÖTILLÖ means island-to-island in Swedish and this is the second time that the event will be held on the Isles of Scilly, 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall, following its success last year. The organisers describe the archipelago as “the ultimate swimrun destination”, where waves, wind and tidal currents test the mettle of every competitor.

“We’re delighted to be hosting the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship UK Qualifier again this year,” says David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands’ Partnership, destination management company for the Isles of Scilly. “The event is a welcome addition to Scilly’s adventure sports calendar that takes advantage of the islands’ rugged terrain and pristine waters. Best of luck to everyone taking part!”

 

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