Swimrun may sometimes be more accurately be described as "swimfellrun" - when it comes to the likes of BRECA Buttermere and OtillO Engadin this is certainly the case. There are several fell runs across the mountainous areas of the UK that provide plenty of scope for race training in the hills.
There is now a new race on the scene that is closer to population centres and more suited to the run pattern you may come across in swimrun - in a place called West Malvern...
The Malvern Hills Trail Half Marathon made it's debut on 17th June 2017 in glorious sunshine. The race has several distinct ascents and descents, akin to a hilly swimrun, along with beautifully less-trodden sections through woods and meadows.
The total ascent is around 800m, which isn't far off the infamous Cader Idris Mountain Race (Ras Y Gader), the multiple ups and downs make it feel like there's more! It's also over 5km longer than the Ras Y Gader. The timing of the event is perfect when training for a hilly swimrun in July.... which just so happens to be the month of OtillO Engadin followed by BRECA Buttermere.
My fell races of choice when training for swimrun hills used to be Ras Y Moelwyn and Ras y Gader, now The Malvern Hills Trail Half Marathon may trump them both. Of course it's probably best to do all three!
If you want specific hill running advice or guiding in the mountains please check our guiding section.