Loch Lomond Inch By Inch Entry now open/

Entry for Loch Lomond Inch by Inch is now open.

Entry is by online ballot via Entry Central.

Swim Run UK is the newest and hottest endurance sport for bored triathletes. Inspired by Sweden’s iconic ÖTILLÖ, athletes swim a wee bit, then run a big bit, then swim, then run etc etc etc.

Loch Lomond is Britain’s largest body of water. Just 30 minutes drive from Glasgow, Loch Lomond Inch By Inch gives you the unique opportunity to swim from one side of the loch to the other, and back again, hopping skipping or running across between 7 – 10 of the main islands.

The race will start at the South West corner of the loch, initially swimming the longest sections from Arden – Inchmurrin – Inchcaillioch – Balmaha, before island hopping to Luss.

The final final route will be published 4 weeks prior to the race. Due to the unique flora and fuana on the islands, particularly nesting birds and Osprey, much of the access to the route is controlled by Scottish Natural Heritage. Approval of the final routes across the islands will only be given following site meetings in the summer with us, SNH, land owners and the Park Rangers.

The draft route has 9.8km of swimming and 24km of running. Because of the above this might have to increase to 28km of running.

We estimate the fastest athletes completing the course in 5hrs 30mins with the slowest completing a reduced course in 7hrs 30mins.

The longest swim stages are at the start 1.8km to Inchmurrin and 2.8km to Inchcailloch.

The longest run section is the 7km section up and down Conic Hill.

There will be sprint points with extra prizes at Inchmurrin and Conic Hill.

The route will be marked and marshalled. On the islands you must not deviate from the route agreed with SNH / Land Owners. If you do you will be immediately disqualified and put in a boat back to the nearest mainland. Likewise anyone discovered to be littering will also be disqualified  and put in a boat back to the nearest mainland.

There will be feed and first aid stations on Inchmurrin, Balmaha and Inchtavannach.


It is forbidden for entrants to recce the course prior to the race day. A condition of your entry is that you DO NOT visit the islands prior to the event. The islands have a very fragile ecology.

“Schedule 1 bird species regularly use some of the islands that form part of the route.  They will be nesting in the months prior to the race

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Section 1 (5) provides that if any person intentionally or recklessly (a) disturbs any wild bird included in Schedule 1 while it is building a nest or is in, on or near a nest containing eggs or young; or (b) disturbs dependent young of such a bird, he shall be guilty of an offence. This offence is punishable by a maximum fine of £5000, 6 months imprisonment or both.”

In the past 2 years there have been several incidents of unsuspecting members of the general public being successfully prosecuted for unintentionally disturbing nesting / young birds. DON’T BECOME A CRIME STATISTIC!!!


This event is possibly the most complex open water swim race in UK history. We will have a large water safety team featuring powered ribs, jet skis, kayaks and one of the Cruise Loch Lomond ferries.

Loch Lomond can have large numbers of motorised traffic, especially near Balmaha. Upon entering please ensure that you are an experience and confident open water swimmer.

If the wind is from the north then the likelyhood is that the first two swims will feature large waves that have had 21 miles to build in size. Loch Lomond is not a mill pond. Get used to swimming in a decent swell.

Water Safety is our biggest concern. We will be keeping a keen eye on the weather forecast. If our water safety team think that the swell will be too big on the Saturday, we may postpone to the Sunday if the weather looks much more favourable. With that in mind please make sure you are available for either day.

Alternatively if the Sunday forecast also looks poor we reserve the right to modify the route to utilise shallower or safer waters. This scenario would most likely result in the cancellation of the swim to Inchmurrin.

To reduce the length of water to be covered by our safety craft there will be two time cut offs.


After the 2nd swim Inchaillioch will have a time cut off. If you beat it you get to swim to Balmaha and run up Conic Hill. Miss the time cut off and you get back in the water and swim North West toward Luss. We have another time cut off on Inchtavannach before the final swims to Luss.

 The Boring Stuff:

 Swim Run UK is organised by Ha Ha Events, the team behind 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive, LOCH loMAN & Arran Man Triathlon.

 The organisers of  ÖTILLÖ have kindly given Swim Run UK events permission to use the same rules. This helps standardise things for athletes who have or will compete in their events. The rules can be viewed at https://swimrunuk.wordpress.com/rules/

Athletes will compete in teams of two.

Athletes must wear a wetsuit.

Athletes must carry all their own equipment at all times.


Entry is by online ballot via Entry Central.

There are only 100 pairs available. 80 of them via the ballot. 20 will be allocated to June’s Loch Ness race winners.

The ballot will stay open until midnight Sunday 22nd February.

A minimum of 10 entry spots will be allocated to female teams. We are hoping for 20 +

A minimum of 10 entry spots will be allocated to mixed teams. We are hoping for 20 +

Entry Fee:

Entry via ballot will cost £250 per two person team.

The race will be sanctioned by Triathlon Scotland.

There will be a £10 discount for TS/TE/WT members.

If there are any spots left over after the ballot (doubt it) then these will be priced at £300 per team.

On The Day:

Registration & kit check will take place on Friday 4th Sept from 3pm – 7pm in Balloch

Race Brief & pasta party will take place on Friday 4th Sept at 7.30pm  in Balloch

Race start will be at 8am on Saturday 5th Sept 2015

Important rules to consider prior to entering are:

2. Entry pre-requisite

  1. 2.1 To be able to participate in any SWIM RUN UK race you have to race in a team consisting of two persons that are at least 18 years old and able to swim.
  2. 2.3 Entry fee is final. No refunds will be given. Deferral can be made to 2016 or an alternative Ha Ha Events race is space is available.
  3. 2.4 It is allowed to change one team member in your team
  4. 2.5 No external sales of your entry is allowed

4 Equipment

4.1 General Equipment

  1. 4.1.1 All teams need to bring all their equipment from start to finish, if a team fail to bring all their equipment to the finish line they will be disqualified.

4.2 Mandatory equipment

  • 1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
  • 2 Wetsuits suitable for water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius
  • 1 Compass
  • 1 Waterproof map holder
  • 2 Whistles
  • 1 backpack, hip pack or something to carry the mandatory equipment

4.3 Mandatory equipment that the organisation will supply

  • Race bibs must be worn visible all the time during the race
  • Maps
  • Timing chip
  • Swimcaps must be worn visible during all the swims

4.4 Recommended equipment

  • Water bladder

4.5 Equipment check before the race

  • Before the race there will be a mandatory gear check.

4.6 Equipment that is NOT allowed

  • Floatation help that is bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm.

 Any questions then please get in touch with us via Facebook


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