One of the world's toughest endurance races comes to the Isles of Scilly.
Following the remarkable success of the last 4 years, the unique ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series race returns to the Isles of Scilly for the fifth year running on the 13th and 14th June.
100+ teams from around the world will be chasing the 6 qualification spots for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship.
The ÖTILLÖ race will be a true test for the teams of two that will tackle a course close to 40km long with a minimum of eight swims.
The open-water swim sections will total around 8.5 km with 29 km of trail running and scrambling in between, across St. Mary’s, Tresco, St. Martin’s and Bryher. The organisers work very closely with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to make sure the running sections have a minimum of impact on the nesting birds and wildlife. In June the flowers are in full bloom which is apparent when passing through the beautiful Tresco Gardens and the sea is usually calmer but still with huge tidal changes of more than 5 metres.
The Swimrun World Championship race is ranked by CNN as “one of the toughest endurance races in the world”. This year, there are three different races taking place.
The World Series Race on Sunday is the toughest and most spectacular, with the start and finish in Hugh Town on St.Mary's, racing to and around the islands of St.Martin’s, Tresco and Bryher, and passing magical small, uninhabited islets.
The Sprint Race on Saturday, starts and finishes in Hugh Town on St Mary’s and stays on that island with a course following the coast with some beautiful runs and some magical swims.
Finally, the Experience Race also on Saturday, is a swimrun experience for those completely new to the sport or for those not ready to compete over bigger distances. Based entirely on St Mary’s, the course makes the most of the clear water and the very friendly atmosphere of an ÖTILLÖ race with a course of a little under 8 km.