Ö till Ö Swimrun Experience Isles of Scilly

June 19th, 2021

The Sprint race on the Isles of Scilly is a full circumnavigation of the island of St Mary’s.
It is a fantastic sightseeing trip with amazing swims and some spectacular runs. This race is like a dream come true.

The ultimate Swimrun destination

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun Sprint Isles of Scilly

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun Sprint Isles of Scilly

The ultimate Swimrun destination

June 19th, 2021

The Sprint race on the Isles of Scilly is a full circumnavigation of the island of St Mary’s. It is a fantastic sightseeing trip with amazing swims and some spectacular runs. This race is like a dream come true.

International Partners

Partner - Vivo Barefoot

Partner ARK

Partner - Mr Green

Timing Partner
Partner - Crownhealth
Partner - Precision Hydration
Partner - Gococo
Destination Partners
Scilly Travel
Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust
Tresco Island
Islands Partnership

Race description

After the start through the narrow streets of Hugh Town, the hill up to the Garrison makes you feel alive, from there on it is nothing but an amazing trip around the beautiful island of St. Mary’s. The swims give you a taste of the World Series is like without the distance and with the full immersion into what makes swimrun very special here. This is one of our best Sprint races.

An ÖTILLÖ Sprint race is the perfect swimrun race for those of you who feel that the World Series is too much or for those who want to go fast. Traditionally we have everything from very strong racers to absolute beginner Swimrunners doing the Sprint distances. Race in pairs or solo.

Welcome to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun sprint on the Isles of Scilly!

Short facts

Date: 2021-06-19
Country: United Kingdom
Total race distance: 15 635 m
Trail-running: 12 550 m
Run sections: 9
Swimming: 3 085 m
Swim sections: 8
Longest swim: 1 000 m
Longest run: 2 700 m
Total elevation: 72 m

Isles of Scilly Experience
Isles of Scilly World Series


Cancelled due to Covid-19 in 2020.

About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly

This is a place which we did not think existed. It looks like the lost world of Atlantis with clear, beautiful water, pristine beaches and ancient stone walls.

It is truly a unique place where it is difficult to not get emotionally affected. It is one of our most iconic locations and we call it “Paradise lost”.

The Isles of Scilly are off the south-west tip of England, in the Atlantic. It looks like the Caribbean but with old English gardens. It has been inhabited since the Stone Age and it is a mythical place. In total there are 140 islands of which only five are inhabited.
At times, when low tide is low, you can walk between islands. It is exceptionally beautiful with a pristine environment where the power of the Ocean is never far away! The trail- running is magical with some of the most beautiful runs we have ever done.

In the Isles of Scilly we work very closely with the Wildlife Trust, who are the stewards of the land and water.

Read the full Race Directors Report »

Thursday, June 17th 2021

23:59 (Local time) Last day to enter and make changes for the ÖTILLÖ World Series, Sprint and Experience races. Changes must be sent to support@race.se.

Saturday, June 19th 2021

08:30-10:00 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience - Holgate’s Green
10:00 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience - Holgate’s Green
11:00 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team & Solo - Hugh Town, Lower Strand
11:30 Start ÖTILLÖ Experience Team & Solo - Hugh Town, Lower Strand
12:15 Cut-off for Sprint Team & Solo at Old Quay, Time 2
12:30 First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
13:10 First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
13:20 Last Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
15:15 Last Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
15:30 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint - Holgate’s Green
16:00-17:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series - Holgate’s Green
17:30 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers - Holgate’s Green

Sunday, June 20th 2021

10:00 Start ÖTILLÖ World Series - Hugh Town, Lower Strand
11:20 Cut-off at Bathinghouse Porth (Time 2)
14:40 First team across the finish line
14:45 Cut-off at Karma Hotel St. Martin (Time 6)
15:00-18:30 After-race burgers at the finish line
15:45 Cut-off at Higher Town (Time 7)
18:05 Last team across the finish line
18:30 Prize giving for ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly - Holgate’s Green
19:00 Party at "On the Quay"

Race information

Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race. Good luck and have fun!

Isles of Scilly specific information
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Start lists for Isles of Scilly
Travel to Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly is off the coast of Cornwall in South West England. The ferry leaves from Penzance. We suggest that you fly to London, Exeter or Newquay, from these airports there are several travel options to get to Isles of Scilly.

As the weather is sometimes unpredictable on the Isles of Scilly, the ferry option is the most reliable way to get to the islands. 10% off the brochure passenger fare on Scillonian only – between the 7th & 16th of June 2020. Quote the code OTILLO20 at the time of booking by phone +44(0) 1736 334 220 or use it online.

If you choose flying we suggest you to calculate with at least one extra travel day. See all info under Isles of Scilly travel.

Accommodation at Isles of Scilly

Most of the accommodation on the Isles of Scilly will be fully booked so make sure you find your accommodation as soon as possible.
You can find your accommodation at https://www.visitislesofscilly.com/accommodation
If you cannot find an accommodation, call the Tourist office to see if they have cancellations available: +44 (0) 1720 424031 / +44 (0) 1720 424036. There is a great camping area less than 1 km from the start: Garrison Camping Off islands like St.Martin (Karma hotel) and Tresco might be another option.

Karma on St. Martin’s has a special offer for the ÖTILLÖ participants and their families – £240 per room per night including breakfast. To take part of this offer, please use the discount code OTILLO2020 when you book your accommodation.

Registration at Isles of Scilly

The registration for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be at Holgate’s Green.

  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, June 13th, 08:30-10:00
  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, June 13th, 16:00-17:30

All racers have to come to the registration to collect the Start pack. At the registration you will have to display your photo-ID. If you race in a team both team members need to come to the registration together. For a smoother process, please look up your start number before picking up your Start pack. If you plan to race with fins you need to bring these so that we can verify that they are in line with the rules.

Energy stations at Isles of Scilly

We will have energy and liquid stations along the course as marked in the course map.

  • We will serve fruits and snacks at the energy stations.
  • We will have water and electrolytes by Precision Hydration at all stations.
  • Please do not take more than you need as there are others behind you.
  • We will have paper cups at all energy stations but you are free to use your own collapsible cup as well.
  • Please re-use your cup instead of taking multiple cups.
  • If you need gels, bring your own and carry in your wetsuit. Do not throw the wrappers on the ground, leave it in the garbage cans at the energy stations.
Race briefing at Isles of Scilly

The race briefing for the Sprint, Experience and World Series race will be at Holgate’s Green. Be on time. MANDATORY for all racers.

  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, June 13th, at 10:00
  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, June 13th, at 17:30
Logistics to get to start in Isles of Scilly

The start for all three races is at Holgate’s Green. Make sure to be there on-time.

  • You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before start
  • Toilets are available next to the start line
  • You can leave a small bag on the indicated place at the start. We will not be able to supervise your belongings so do not leave any valuables.

Start area

  • Holgate’s Green
Cut offs in Isles of Scilly

The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs.
The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has one (1) cut-off:

  • TIME 2 at 10:15

The ÖTILLÖ World Series has three (3) cut-offs. These are for your safety:

  • TIME 2 at 11:20
  • TIME 6 at 14:45
  • TIME 7 at 15:45

We have cut-offs in our events to make sure that we can have a safe race, these are put in place so that everyone has a possibility to finish before dark and without jeopardizing the safety of others by stretching the safety organization too much. Please respect this and the people enforcing them.

Media production at Isles of Scilly

During each race we make a big media production for social media and traditional media. You will see photographers, reporters and film teams along the course. If you have any personal media contacts that would like to have material from us please email to media.requests@otilloswimrun.com.

We will cover the ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family.

We will also use #otilloislesofscilly to tag our posts, please do so you too. Our images that we post from the race are free to use for you as racers but not allowed for commercial use to promote other products or events.

Weather on the Isles of Scilly

In the middle of June the weather can be quite nice with warm, calm days. However, we are in the middle of the Atlantic where the weather can be quite brutal. It can be anything between 10 – 25 degrees C. Wet or dry.

Water temperatures will be between 12 – 14 degrees C depending on where along the course. Make sure you dress accordingly and consider wearing something under your wetsuit if you tend to get cold on the long swims. Use a Neoprene cap if you are not used to cold water.

The water is salty, grease up well to avoid chafe. Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold. Make sure you bring clothes to handle this.
Check out this link for weather updates.

Spectators, friends and families at Isles of Scilly

We strongly suggest you take the time to enjoy the Isles of Scilly and bring your friends and family to enjoy a long weekend or the week with you. The Sprint and Experience race is easily followed with a bike on St Mary’s. You can rent bikes in Hugh town.

For the Sunday race we suggest you to take a boat to the islands Tresco or St Martins to follow the race.

NOTE: you may not assist any teams unless if it is a medical emergency. Any other assistance will result in disqualification of the team.

ÖtillÖ general race information
Covid-19 update
COVID-19 UPDATE July 9, 2020

Read the latest Covid-19 news here »


Race rules

Each athlete participating in an ÖTILLÖ Swimrun (World Series, Sprint & Experience race) must know, understand and follow all the competition rules. Please read the ÖTILLÖ Standard Swimrun rules.

Safety measures
  • Take care of each other; it is a long and tough course.
  • We have safety boats and are trying to do our best to cover the course.
  • All teams have to help another team in an emergency.
  • We have medics on the course.
  • Communicate with race officials when help needed.
  • If you abandon the race you must communicate with race officials as soon as possible and return the timing chip at the finish area.
  • You cannot wear a tow rope for the first run.
  • We suggest that you do NOT use a tow rope when running in difficult terrain.
Cups at ÖTILLÖ Races

As stated in the ÖTILLÖ COVID- 19 SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLAN 2020 we will now have disposable paper cups at all energy stations. Please re-use your cup instead of taking multiple cups. The foldable cup is therefore not included in the mandatory equipment.

In our quest to leave as small of an environmental footprint as possible we have decided to take away the majority of disposable cups during our races. This means that we will ONLY have disposable, paper cups at the first two (2) energy stations at the World Series race and first energy station at the Sprint.

After that we expect you to have your own foldable cup or soft flask to be able to drink. If you don’t have your own foldable cup you will be able to buy one in the event area at the finish line.

Race course

Race course

If the race organization believe there is a danger for the racers or the organization based on weather or other conditions, the course can be changed the day before or even in the middle of the race. Safety is our priority.

Rental wetsuits

”Try before you buy”.

Now you have the possibility to rent the Worlds fastest swimrun suits at all ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series events. Book your suit online and pick it up on site at the ARK box. Limited amount of suits per event. If you want you have the option to buy your suit afterwards at a discounted price.
Book your wetsuit here.

Rental sites:

  • ÖTILLÖ Engadin — July 25 – 26, 2020. Last day for booking June 28
  • ÖTILLÖ Final 15K — August 29, 2020. Last day for booking August 26
  • ÖTILLÖ Utö — September 26 – 27, 2020.
  • ÖTILLÖ Cannes — October 17 – 18, 2020.
  • ÖTILLÖ Hvar — November 7 – 8, 2020.
  • ÖTILLÖ Malta — November 28 – 29, 2020.

You must have a valid personal insurance for racing in Swimrun. If you do not have one you can purchase it for the race or for the 2020 season, valid in all the races listed. It is an insurance that will repay your entry fee and travel costs if you have to withdraw prior to the race due to an accident or illness (you have to have a doctor’s certificate).
Read more and buy your insurance here.

ÖTILLÖ Qualification

A spot will be awarded to the first two men, women and mixed teams where no team member already has a spot for the following ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship. If a team does not want the spot it will roll down to the next eligible team. If no team wants the spot it goes back to the ÖTILLÖ organisation who are free to do what they want with it. The entry fee needs to be payed at the date set in the invoice.

Swimrun ranking

All teams that finish an ÖTILLÖ World Series race or a race with ÖTILLÖ merit status will receive ranking points, see all merit races here. Check out the races, finish it and get points. If you are not registered, read more about the Swimrun ranking and register here.

To be able to participate in ÖTILLÖ The Swimrun World Championship through ranking selection or random team selection, you need to have ranking points. Read more about how to gain your spot for ÖTILLÖ The Swimrun World Championship here.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series

Teams that finish top 30 in each category (Women/Men/Mixed) will collect points in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series. Your team can collect points from all ÖTILLÖ World Series events and ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship.

The winning team in each category will be honored at the last World Series event of the year.

Check out the World Series standings and the new point distribution here.

ÖTILLÖ Merchandise

As you might know we have some ÖTILLÖ branded goods. These can be found on our website

Our partners will be in the event area at the finish line with products on-site.

Swimrun rescue

As a swimrunner you are responsible for your team mate and for others around you. It is your obligation to know how to rescue someone out of the water, how to do CPR and how to use your Mandatory pressure bandage if someone has a bad cut. Here are some good films for you to watch.


Swimming induced pulmonary oedema (SIPE) is a condition which has gained attention in recent years. In short, due to somewhat unclear mechanism, fluid collects in the lungs, compromising the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. This results in the following symptoms;

  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased oxygen saturation (which has to be measured with medical instruments)
  • Cough, sometimes with blood

There is ongoing research in the subject, and as the knowledge increases, we will hopefully learn how to better prevent, diagnose and treat the condition.

The current research suggests that the condition terminates in less than 48h. Often it’s enough to stop the activity, remove/open up the wetsuit and get warm. In some cases, oxygen therapy is needed. It’s not fully understood why the condition arises.

There are yet no studies evaluating the long-term effects of SIPE. There is evidence that susceptible individuals may have recurrent episodes of SIPE. There are some medications that may help to prevent recurrent episodes.

If you experience the above symptoms, we recommend stopping the activity and contacting race marshals. If you encounter symptoms during a training session, we recommend seeking medical attention since there are other medical conditions which can manifest in the same way.

Train smart, race hard and take care of yourself and your partner!

Force Majeure

Neither the participant nor the race organizer shall be held responsible for a force majeure event. Force majeure means any event which is unforeseen and beyond the reasonable control of either party including but not limited to the following: Act of God, adverse weather, inevitable accident, failure or shortage of power supplies, fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, lightning, war or armed conflict, embargo, government or regulatory action or decree, riot or civil disturbance, strike, lock-outs, or other industrial action, terrorist action, failure or delay of common carrier or impairment or lack of adequate transportation facilities.

If by reason of any force majeure event the race organizer is delayed in, or prevented from, performing any of the obligations with regards to staging the race, no loss or damage shall be claimed by the participant by reason thereof.

Images & Video

ÖTILLÖ Sprint Isles of Scilly - 2019