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FOUR western sub­urbs mates are bring­ing one of the hard­est en­durance events to WA.

Tim Macpher­son, Angus Firth, Michael Tay­lor and Dan Paech will host Rottnest Swimrun on Satur­day, April 1.

The en­durance event that started in Swe­den in­volves teams of two com­plet­ing a 32km nav­i­ga­tion of Rottnest, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween swim­ming and run­ning.

Macpher­son com­peted with Paech in Uto Swimrun in Swe­den in 2015 and since then the friends have worked on bring­ing the event to WA.

“We thought Rottnest was the per­fect place for it. Uto is part of the Swedish ar­chi­pel­ago so it’s sim­i­lar to Rottnest but in­stead of be­ing nine de­grees in the wa­ter it’s 20 de­grees,” Macpher­son said.

Firth said Rottnest Swimrun would show­case the is­land’s re­cently opened Wad­jemup Trail, with the 32km route fol­low­ing the trail.

He said swim­ming in shoes and run­ning in wet clothes was one of the chal­lenges of the team event.

Macpher­son said the event was all about team­mates look­ing out for each other and the rest of the com­peti­tors. There will be 50 teams of two this year with plans to ex­pand the field next year.

Vol­un­teers are needed on the day. Visit www.rot­tnestswim­run.com.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465962

Pete Woods, Angus Firth, James Marangou and Tim Macpher­son will be com­pet­ing in an en­durance swimrun event on Rottnest Is­land on Satur­day.

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