Scilly Isles

Swimming in trainers, running in wetsuits

BRJ Members Simon Moore and Ricardo Miller travelled to the Isles of Scilly in search of adventure and a new challenge. They are both experienced triathletes and have successfully completed the gruelling Ironman, (2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run, raced in that order and without a break).

The Otillo Swimrun in the Isles of Scilly offered “unique races in unique places”. The event attracted 130 teams running in male female and mixed groups.

The race involves running over tracks round the Scilly Isles and swimming both between the islands and across bays. The race involved 17 of these changes from running to swimming.

The event is done in pairs with a maximum distance apart of 10m (otherwise you are disqualified).  Team work is an important ethos of the event (not just for safety reasons – competitors must take a whistle and first aid kit).  Competitors run in wetsuits and swim in trainers.

Setting off at hightide at 10.00am on Saturday 17th June and with temperatures of around 250Cit was a challenge to run in the heat but with the water at 130C  there was some relief.

Simon and Ricardo are used to competing in murky waters of lakes and rivers and were amazed at the clarity of the sea. With visibility of up to 30 feet they saw lots of fish and to their surprise large jellyfish up to about 6 feet long. Thankfully the jellyfish kept their distance! The local people set up water and food stations and cheered the competitors all the way to the finish.

After a gruelling seven hours running and swimming, scrambling over rocks and seaweed to run again, Simon and Ricardo crossed the finish line in 55th place. They were just elated to have taken on the challenge and successfully completed it. As Simon said” You don’t just enter a race you enter an experience”.   

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