All roads in Allgau ends uphill – The October Fest Swimrun Race

When we approached the registration, I had already had it with all this winter-induced rain pouring down. I mean, c’mon. How much can it actually rain? Turns out, quite a lot and strong winds as well. I hate it when it rains sideways. ‘It’s snowing on the mountains’, I heard someone say in broken “germ-lish”. Bloody hell. Cold swims, not really what I’m after at the moment. But then again, …

Did we mention there were some waves?

Authieman, swimming in four waters

700 swimrunners on a large sandy beach. 700m to run, and a buoy 500 further away. Guaranteed melee. Add to that waves and strong tide current, and you’re in for a tough first swim. Centred around Berck-sur-mer in the North of France, 1h drive from Calais, the Authieman is unique as it passes through the sea, a river, a lake … and a tiny swimming pool at the very end. …

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 …

Race Report: Hanging Rock State Park

This race takes place i  Hanging Rock State Park; Danbury and is an ÖtillÖ merit race, 15.5 miles running and 3000 m swimming. About two months ago  Lisen contacted Åsa and asked is she was interested to be her team mate in Swimrun NC, North Carolina, USA . Before the race we did not know each other and we have not had time f for more than one training session together.  And …

Åland Swimrun – Are you tough enough? PART 2

Doing a test lap on the course in the morning turned out to be a splendid idea from my point of view. Our team is focused on ultraswimrun. We need at least two/three hours to be able to use our full potential. Back on the course Nic fought really strong. We wanted to close the gap to our biggest competitors in this race, a swimrun team from Terrible Tuesday, Pierre …

Åland Swimrun 2018 Race report – Are you tough enough?

I used to be tough enough but my shape this year has not been what it used to be. But no excuses now, it’s not over until ”the fat lady sings”. That’s a great motto. The goal of going for gold today seemed rather grey, but hey, at least I felt hungry for racing. My Öloppet attempt in August got spoiled, but I never underestimate my own feeling of being …

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 …

Race Report: Åland Swimrun 2017

“I have been to hell and back and let me tell you it was EPIC” The cold water of the Baltic Sea was not only beginning to affect my judgement, it was in full blossom. I could only think of two things: a hot sauna and “What the hell are we doing here”. When first I got into the business of running in a wetsuit and swimming in shoes some …

Swimrun Racing Teams

2016 Team Reports Team Ultraswimrun Motivation – What drives you forward during an endurance race like ÖtillÖ? Getting back to swimrun-shape after child birth Team Happy Swimrun by Orca Team Happy Swimrun by Orca part 3 – Our plot Team Happy Swimrun by Orca part 2 – Goals for the season Team Happy Swimrun by Orca part I – Introduction Team Headswimming Team Headswimming – ÖtillÖ 2016 preparations Team Kattegatt Kattegatt …