WESWIMRUN aims to grow the participation of swimrun in the UK & Ireland. With the continued growth of Loveswimrun, BRECA, a UK OtillO World Series race, and The Great Swim series catching on, 2017 was a huge growth year for the "sport" in the UK.
A message from Mike: "Through a combined love of "wild" swimming, and adventures in the great outdoors I came across the swimrun race format. I loved it.
The first race I took part in was OtillO's Uto in Sweden (there were no swimrun races in the UK in 2014) I was immediately hooked.
I had competed in triathlons before but, although a great sport, I generally find them a little dull unless they are off road or the weather kicks in. I had competed in multi-day expedition races which were especially challenging and rewarding but require a lot of kit-faff and logistics. For my first swimrun we just turned up with wetsuit, trainers and goggles. I learnt a lot through starting simple and minimal, in every race since I have learnt something new.
During this period I was working as a Senior Instructor at The Outward Bound Trust. It was very apparent how engaged our young groups, from all walks of life, became during jog and dip, swim, and jetty jump activities. This is what swimrun is - engaging, challenging and a fabulous shared experience. The wilder the experience, the more engaged you become.
The WE in WESWIMRUN comes from the fact that you do it in teams of two(+). Although there are some solo swimruns, in its best and original format swimrun is done together. The tougher the race, the more valuable your partner becomes.
I have great respect for the race directors who plot wild, dynamic, and challenging routes, some of the swim legs in swimrun are truly ground-breaking in race terms. One word: Hvar. This review from our friends at worldofswimrun gives you an insight. Away from Croatia I remember Uto 2015 when there was Force 6 winds on the west side of the islands - one of the swim legs was more like body-surfing and coasteering. The final 2.5km swim between the Isles of Scilly with the tide trying to push you into the Atlantic, the final mountain run of Buttermere 2016 in hail storms. Great races in great places. There are some easier swimruns too!
I want to help the growth and participation of swimrun in the UK and Ireland."
~ Mike Alexander, founder of WESWIMRUN
Mike has worked in education and the outdoors for 15 years, he has many teaching and technical outdoor qualifications, and experiences in land and water based environments in remote areas. He also founded Aberdovey Swim in 2017.