What an epic weekend we just enjoyed. 80 athletes made it onto the start line of the inaugural SwimRun Snowdonia Llyn i Llyn at Pen-Y-Gyrwd above Llyn Gwynant.
Just over 6 hours 15 minutes later, after 7 swims and lots of climbing, the 2 winners Alex Warner and Andrew Morgan of Team Warner-Morgan crossed the finish line 39km away in Llanberis on the other side of Wales highest mountain, Snowdon.
A full race report will follow tomorrow. In the mean time here are the cold hard times and results… and some images
SNOWDONIA: 20 extra places now added. We had sold out, however we are able to add another 20 teams to the start list for Snowdonia Llyn I Llyn. This is 1 coach load. Already 5 places have been taken from the waiting list so that means only 15 team spots left. https://www.entrycentral.com/swimrunsnowdonia
SwimRun Snowdonia Llyn i Llyn has Sold Out its 50 places.
Demand has been huge. Hopefully we will be able to add more places. First we will need to get more safety cover (both on water and up the mountain), an additional coach for athlete transfer to the start and extra infrastructure for the start / finish venue.
In the mean time there is a waiting list open. Please join it to be given priority entry to the race if it reopens.
Inch by Inch wasn’t on my radar but I signed up as a friend wanted to take it on. It looked tough but not outrageous and so it proved. The course was simply awesome, swimming in cool fresh water in lovely sunshine. The atmosphere was like old school triathlon with everyone smiling and enjoying each others company before, during and after the race. Organisation was solid with very supportive marshalls at key points and great feed stations. A great day out, highly recommended
Alan Cardwell – Head Coach Lanark Triathlon Club
Most favourite event ever!
All in all a great event. Great location and superbly organised throughout. Wanted to score more than 5 on many of the categories – natural beauty deserved a 10. And the food stations and marshals a good 8 or 9!
Had a fantastic time and couldn’t recommend it enough. Just beautiful swimming across Loch Lomond and running in a wetsuit really wasn’t do bad! Had been concerned it might have been an inch too far but the switch from swim to run to swim does give your arms then legs a break. Tho I was pretty much swum out by the end.
Definitely one to put on a list of ‘to do’ events.
Entered this event for a new challenge and to inspire people to sponsor me for charity and both were a resounding success! Not a great swimmer either but at no point felt unsafe.
The event is unique in that most of the course is a conservation area so you cannot access 80% of it till race day with adds an air of mystery to it byt the navigation is not too difficult and there were plenty of very cheery marshals.
All in all i’d have no hesitation in recommenting this race to anyone!
The 2016 SwimRun UK Championships will take place on Sunday 4th September at Loch Lomond Inch by Inch.
11 Runs, 10 Swims, 8 islands, 1 stupidly big steep hill, lots and lots of smiles.
Many of you have said you want to race this type of event, but you are not fit enough for the long course. For 2016 we will also have a short course event featuring Luss and 4 of the islands on West Loch Lomond.
Entry will open this weekend.
Don’t forget Snowdonia Llyn i Llyn on Saturday 6th August 2016