About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly
This race course is tough and spectacular! You need to be strong in the water as we have almost 25% swimming in real open- water where waves, wind and tidal currents will test the metal of you and your team. On land you need to move fast, stay warm and be agile on your feet.
The weather in June is usually summer weather but the Isles of Scilly is in the Atlantic and the weather can vary very much during the course of the weekend with sun, calm, rain and storm. As the swims are long you need to dress smart, the Ocean temperature is about 14 degrees. Plan to travel in time as the ferry from Penzance can be quite the adventure.
Get ready for a real Ocean adventure.
This is swimrun in its true adventure sense. The start and finish will be in Hugh Town on St.Mary and we will race to and around the big islands of St.Martin’s, Tresco and Bryher, passing magical small, uninhabited islets.
The swimming sections will test your abilities and your mental strength as there is a large tidal difference and you will most likely encounter big ocean- swell. There will be a minimum of 8 swims and the longest swim will be around 2 500 metres. The running sections will be fast with some sections on loose sand and some on rocky outcrops. You need to be fast on land and strong in the water!
The total winning time will be close to five hours. We will have three cut-off for safety reasons, these are based on the 2016 times and you are racing against the tidal flows. The longest time on the course will be close to 9 hours. There will of course, be plenty of safety, energy stations in pubs and medical staff on call.
The total distance is just under 40 km. The course can change in last minute as this is a race in a very weather sensitive area and it can be large waves and strong winds.
Get ready to explore a magical place with beautiful beaches, rugged trails, friendly people and massive swims. This is epic!
Get ready for an awesome adventure!
The course posted below can be changed due to wildlife. But in general it is how the course will look like.
Energy on the course
As we want to reduce waste and move away from chemically- enhanced foods we will not have any gels/ bars on the course. There will be water, tea, coffee and Precision Hydration https://www.precisionhydration.com/ to drink.
There will be fruit, dried fruit, sandwiches and candy to eat.
The qualifying system
8 teams qualify to the following ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship; The first 3 men, the first 3 mixed and the first 2 women teams where NO ONE already has a spot. If the teams choose to not accept their spot it will roll down to the next team under the same criteria.