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The Secret SwimRun Challenge

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Saturday 26th September 2020

Entries Open
Friday 8th November 2019
Entries Close
Friday 25th September 2020
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £53.00   
Event Organiser - Chloe Rafferty

(£50 plus £3 booking fee)

The Secret Swimrun Challenge is a 1 day, fully guided and supported swimrun around the wooded tracks and trails of Northern Snowdonia. The route involves 1168m of ascent and is an exhilarating, challenging excursion for those that take it on. The scenery is beautiful: you can expect forest fire roads, technical narrow foot paths rarely trodden, hidden mining relics, beautiful secluded lakes, fantastic views, and if you make it to the last swim, an exciting swoosh in a river. The route is circular, so you’ll finish up back at your cars.

Total distance: 24km/16.7miles / Total ascent 1168m.
Transitions: 7 runs and 6 swims (max single swim length 500m)

This is a sociable challenge, not a race so there is no medal for you at the end, but you will take away with you some fantastic memories, some new friends, and a big sense of achievement!

We are offering a limited number of spaces for this challenge. There will be a maximum of 15 people. 

We will provide the following:

  • Qualified Guides: you’ll have no worries about getting lost, just relax and enjoy your surroundings and the challenge!
  • Mobile support: located close to each swim will be a van carrying your spare gear should you wish to change or drop out, first aid provision and lots of food and drink to keep you going!
  • Nutrition: we ask you to carry some high calorie snacks and hydration on the challenge yourself to keep you fuelled up and to help keep you warm, but we’ll also provide some snacks, energy gels and drinks and will have them waiting for you at each checkpoint throughout the challenge.
  • First Aid: guides are fully first aid trained and will be carrying first aid kits.
  • Transport: If something happens and you can’t continue, through injury or tiredness or because you get too cold, we’ll take care of getting you back to the start. We’ll also carry any spare clothing that you may want at during the challenge. 

The is a sociable challenge and the ability of the members of the group will vary so please be aware that you may not be traveling as fast as you might if you were running alone! We will be averaging around 4-5 mph – a jogging pace for most, and we will be taking short stops with our mobile support, so the emphasis is on keeping going, not speed! Think of walking briskly the climbs, jogging the flat sections and running the descents. The pace will be dictated by the guide, taking into account the ability of the group as a whole. It may be cool (especially the swims!) and we will need to keep moving at a good pace to keep warm. You will need a good level of fitness to take part. If you struggle during the event and this begins to impact on the well being of the rest of the group we may politely ask you to retire, or at least skip one or two of the longer sections.

Ability & Experience
You will need to have experience of off road running and be used to dealing with lots of ascent - we will be climbing more than the height of Mt Snowdon! You MUST be experienced and confident in you ability in open water, and be used to cold water! Ideally you will have at least some swimrun experience.


Participants must be age 18+ to take part in The Secret Swimrun Challenge. Participants age 16+ may take part if accompanied by another participant aged 18+.

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