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.
W: Hi Fix. You came in second in mixed, congratulations!
W: We do short race reports that go beyond the stats and give people a feeling for different races to help swim-runners pick races best suited for them. So to kick-off on this theme, how was the race? Can you describe it?
Cornwall is at the South-West tip of England. A rather isolated region, its coast is rugged and wild. It is best known for surfers, walkers on the coastal path, and its Cornish pastries. That’s where the first edition of the ‘Hokey Cokey’ took place in October 2015, a sprint swimrun of 12km. It is remarkable by the proportion of swim (4km) to run (8km). On paper it seems to be an easy race advantaging strong swimmers. However one should not underestimate the toughness of the run course despite its short distance. The famous coastal path serpentines up and down along the coast, going from beaches to the tops of numerous cliffs. This will not be easy. Another interesting feature of this race is that it as a solo effort. First solo swimrun for me. Continue reading “Hokey Cokey (UK, October 2015)”