5epic SwimRun races to try 2 BRECA BUT­TER­MERE SWIMRUN

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1 ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS

Teams of two swim be­tween 26 is­lands in the Baltic and run over them. The to­tal dis­tance is 75km, of which 10km is open-wa­ter swim­ming and 65km trail run­ning; it’s easy to see why it’s been de­scribed as one of the world’s tough­est en­durance events. 4 Septem­ber, www.otil­loswim­run.com

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An epic SwimRun across some of the UK’s most stun­ning and rugged wilder­ness – the west­ern fells of the Lake District. Over 17 con­sec­u­tive legs, teams of two com­plete a to­tal of 6km of lake swim­ming and 38km of trail run­ning, in­clud­ing 1900m of ver­ti­cal as­cent and the in­fa­mous Hon­is­ter Pass. 29 July, www.bre­caswim­run.com

3 BRECA JERSEY SWIMRUN

Teams race counter-clock­wise around the is­land in a bat­tle against Jersey’s re­lent­less 40ft tides. Be­ing some of the high­est in the world, the tides present an ever-chang­ing course and a unique chal­lenge. 9 Septem­ber, www.bre­caswim­run.com

4 LOVE SWIMRUN HOLY TRAIL

The 18.35km multi-tran­si­tion lin­ear course will in­volve a to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately 2.74km of swim­ming and 15.61km of run­ning. The route takes in some of An­gle­sey’s most stun­ning scenery on mainly of­froad ter­rain, in­clud­ing South Stack Light­house and the RSPB re­serve, beau­ti­ful clifftop runs with views of the moun­tains of Snow­do­nia, hidden beaches, rocky swims and a tough fi­nal climb up to the fin­ish line. 23 Septem­ber, www.loveswim­run.co.uk

5 LOCH GU LOCH SWIMRUN

A beau­ti­ful race in an in­cred­i­ble land­scape with tough ter­rain and cold wa­ter – and the pos­si­bil­ity of a mon­ster to con­tend with! Loch Gu Loch is an Ötillö Merit Race, al­low­ing you to gain points for the SwimRun World Se­ries and the chance of rac­ing in the World Cham­pi­onships in Swe­den. 30 Septem­ber, www.lochgu­loch.com

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