European Swimrun Championship

WoS understands that following the creation of multiple national championships (e.g. the recently announced Belgium championship) and the perceived need to unite European nations in light of the BREXIT events, the European Community commission for Sport will announce during its next Forum taking place in Bucharest (Romania) on the 8-9 April 2019 that a European Swimrun Championship  (ESC) will be organised. The team aspect was a key factor of the decision. …

Breca Coniston Swimrun 2018

Luke Moseley shares his experience with is long standing friend Chris. Two very experienced and successful endurance athlete but relatively new to swimrunning. Swimrun brings together an eclectic mix of athletes; from the racing-snakes to the weekend-warriors, and the sport welcomes everyone with the promise of an adventure and a challenge.  The 2018 Breca Coniston epitomised this philosophy, with a challenging and beautiful course and water temperatures that didn’t encourage …

Why novice runners stop running?

Running seems an obvious activity: we start as kids without too much thinking and rapidly enjoy running after a ball, to catch up with siblings or friends and many other reasons known only by the imaginative child’s brain. However, as a sporting activity it’s not practiced by every adult, and many lose this natural ability. For swimrunning, this is a problem as it’s a rather important part of our sport. …

Let there be Rock Man!

Lysefjord, 7:30. The rock anthem “Thunderstorm” by AC/DC stops, and the first pairs jump in the water of Fantahåla. The cliffs around dominate the landscape and the clouds overhead add to the intensity of the moment. One more check with Rupert, we are ready to jump. Are we ready to race together? Time will tell! Rewind a bit, back to Ötillö several years ago, at a time when no swimrun …

Shoes’ comfort can modify your gait

Anybody who had to run with shoes that don’t fit can attest how importance it is to get comfortable shoes. A simple discomfort can rapidly turn into a cause for withdrawal, or at least for changing the gait. But how do you measure “comfort”? This is a very subjective, not easy to evaluate.  Meyer et al (2018) investigated the influence of perceived footwear comfort on the variability of running kinematics …

Can water resistant sun cream protect you in swimrun?

The summer is finally arriving and it’s wise to protect our skin against the damages the sun may cause, including skin cancer. Comes in the trusted sun cream. They have various protection levels of Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and some are even “water resistant”. Perfect for swimrun, yes? Well, not so fast. “Which ?” the famous British comparison magazine has tested creams claiming to be water resistant. They found that …

2018 World SwimRun Equipment Test – Wetsuits

Wetsuits are undeniably the stars of the swimrun equipment. Protection against the cold, buoyancy, easiness to put on and remove, comfort in running, flexibility of the shoulders, weight, pockets, the wetsuits have many functions to fulfil and some are near incompatible. In April this year, swimrunners from World of Swimrun (WoS), Swimrun France (SR-F), Swimrun Germany (SR-G) and GoSwimrun Poland teamed up in Hvar, Croatia for the annual international and …