Swimrun has definitely crossed the waters from Sweden to become the new multisport craze – and this weekend sees founding brand ÖtillÖ (Swedish for ‘island to island’) host its new UK qualifier in the Scilly Isles.
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In total 240 athletes will compete in teams of two for spots in the world championship race on 5th September, 2016. Competition is sure to be fierce, however to finish athletes must cross a total distance comprising 30km of running and 7.5km of swimming. The course starts in St. Mary’s and also visits Tresco, St. Martin’s and Bryher as competitors swim between islands then run across them, taking in beautiful and varied scenery along the way.
The race has attracted athletes from 15 countries including the current women’s ÖtillÖ Swimrun World Champion, Annika Ericsson from Sweden. Also competing (in seperate teams) is some serious UK swim talent – seven-time world champion triathlete Richard Stannard (aka ‘the Fish’) and Swim Smooth founder and head coach Paul Newsome.