Pioneer events are special. There are no previous course times to consider, no race reports to read – they’re a step into the unknown. And in the case of Breca Jersey, it wasn’t so much a step as an enormous leap. The swims are on three of the island’s coastlines – each stage is subject to different swells, currents and tides (this year the east coast was particularly memorable). Reflecting on this afterwards, Vaughan Robinson (team The VWs) postulated that it was a swimmers course. But, I would argue that the combination of trail, steeps, fast flats, technical entries and exits favours both the complete athlete and teams that can work together. So huge congratulations to all of you that took part, it was really inspiring watching you take on the course.
After Norway and Scotland being firmly established on the swimrun scene, we have impatiently been waiting for the first confirmed swimrun on the rugged shorelines of Ireland.
It is Breca, the organisers of Buttermere swimrun in the Lake District (UK), that has chosen the northwestern island Arranmore (Árainn Mhór) as the location of the 54k swimrun on August 20. Swim run Ireland has also announced a race further south in Galway in October 2016, but there are still some details to wait for. Continue reading “Swimrun moving on to the rugged Irish west coast”