New sport swimrun comes to the UK this summer

The event, held in Lake Buttermere, promises to be a true test of strength against the open water and the trail.

One of the fastest-growing endurance sports in the world, swimrun is set to take the UK by storm. An epic swimrun race across some of the countries most stunning and rugged landscapes, Breca Buttermere is a brand new event heading to the Lake District this summer, where participants run (and swim) over consecutive legs.

The popularity of obstacle races such as Tough Mudder and the Spartan Races demonstrates the increasing enthusiasm for more varied physical challenges. Swimrun capitalises on these trends by offering a raw, more natural challenge. ÖTILLÖ (Swedish for Island-to-Island) and several other races like it in the Nordic region draw up to 350 teams from around the world, including a growing number of British entrants and now the concept is coming to UK shores.

There is no need for expensive equipment; a wetsuit, goggles and trainers are all that is required. Races take place in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the world, pitting racers against technical trails, high crags and icy bodies of water. Uniquely, participants race in pairs, so the suffering and elation entailed are shared experiences and teamwork plays an integral role in success.

At Breca's inaugural event in the Lake District on 15th August, teams of two will complete a total of 6K of lake swimming and 38K of trail running over 17 consecutive legs, including 1,900m of vertical ascent and the infamous Honister Pass. Up to 50 teams will compete to see who can negotiate the challenging terrain and glacial lake swims to be crowned the inaugural Breca Buttermere champions in the men’s, women’s and mixed categories.

Visit www.brecaswimrun.com for details.