ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Weekend Isles of ScillyThe ultimate swimrun destination
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 a dream come true after searching in many places for our home in the UK.
This race course is tough and spectacular! You need to be strong in the water as we have almost 22% 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.
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 7 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 8 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.
We want to make the sport of swimrun accessible to most. That is why we build a sprint during the same weekend as the World Series race. You get an introduction to the sport with a world class production.
Welcome to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun family! The winners of each category will get a free entry to the ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly World Series event the following year.
The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Sprint Isles of Scilly will start and finish in Hugh Town on St Mary’s. The course follows the coast around the island with some beautiful runs and some magical swims. You may even see seals in the water. The total distance is close to 15 km, with 8 swims. The longest swim is 1000 metres and all swims are in bays. You will experience the beautiful nature of the Isles of Scilly and taste the real Ocean.
Come and enjoy the fun with us!
|Tuesday, June 4th 2019|
|23:59||Last day to make team changes for ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly World Series and Sprint (individual names and team names). These changes must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight.|
|Friday, June 7th 2019|
|14:00||#cleantheoceanBeach clean, Holgate’s Green|
|Saturday, June 8th 2019|
|12:30||Race briefing and registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint Isles of Scilly|
|14:00||Start of ÖTILLÖ Sprint Hugh Town, Lower Strand|
|15:50||First teams expected to finish|
|17:00||Last teams across the line|
|17:30||Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint Isles of Scilly|
|16:00-19:00||Race bib distribution and registration ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly, Holgate’s Green|
|19:00||Mandatory Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly, Holgate’s Green|
|Sunday, June 9th 2019|
|10:00||Start in Hugh Town, Lower Strand|
|11:20||Cut-off Bathinghouse Porth (Time 2)|
|14:45||Cut-off at Karma Hotel St. Martin (Time 6)|
|15:00||First teams expected to finish|
|15:45||Cut-off Higher Town (Time 7)|
|18:15||Last teams across the line|
|18:30||Prize giving and Closing party for ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, Holgate’s Green|
The wildlife trust
In the Isles of Scilly we work very closely with the Wildlife Trust, who are the stewards of the land and water. We go through our race course together with the Wildlife Trust, all the way until the last week prior to the race we will make changes to the course to not upset the nesting birds and/or if we see that our race course has an impact on the nature and the habitat.
During the event we will ask all our racers to bring whatever plastic they bring to the Isles back to the mainland for recycling. As there is no recycling on the Isles of Scilly and the cost of transporting garbage to the mainland is high. We will also do a beach clean-up on the Friday prior to the race open to all who want to participate.
For each participating team we make a donation to the Wildlife Trust. Thank you!