About Us

By Richard Mitchell and Mogsy Ford

Updated May 2024

About us: Hi! We are Richard & Mogsy, keen runners, swimmers and triathletes, now living in Malta after 15 years in Spain. Our local swimrun event is here on the island of Comino, between Malta and Gozo, in September 2024, run by XTerra.

We really enjoy this exciting new world of swimrun – running in wetsuits and swimming in running shoes.  We have taken part in several swimrun events, and thought we would share our knowledge of this exciting new sport with you all!

A man and woman wearing green tops wave at the camera before the start of a swimrun event.Richard and Mogsy at Hvar

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Mogsy started running in her 40´s, and has run many  marathons, triathlons and an ultra marathon in places as far apart as New York, London, Hawaii and Sevilla, Spain, to name but a few!  Her work has been in the sports industry with England Athletics, in the coach education sector.

Richard is in his 60's, and had only run 5k when he met Mogsy 10 years ago. He has now completed his 7th marathon in Milan, Italy. Richard is the main swimmer in the SwimRun team. He was a competitive swimmer in his youth, and is still a good swimmer. He will be towing Mogsy along!

A man and a woman holding up finisher's medals at the end of the Big Sur marathon.At the Finish of Big Sur International Marathon

In 2016 we did a charity challenge and ran two marathons, eight triathlons and competed in seven ocean swim races, in memory of Mogsy's little nephew, and to raise funds for a fantastic children's charity, the Children's Hospice South West, in the U.K.

A triathlete getting a water bottle at Torrevieja TriathlonRichard grabbing water!
A man and a woman standing with their bicycles in front of a motor yacht in the sunshine, after a triathlon.Richard and Mogsy after the Torrevieja Triathlon 2016

In 2017, as well as the SwimRun challenges, we completed three marathons.

We completed the  Barcelona marathon in Spain on 12 March, and followed this up with the  Big Sur International marathon in California, USA, at the end of  April 2017.  The last marathon, the Women Can Marathon in South Devon, U.K.  in May, was a trail marathon. Richard was not allowed to take part (as it was a 'women only' race), but took the opportunity to help mark out the course, and then acted as a marshal on the day.

Our first SwimRun event was on 1 April 2017, on the island of Hvar, Croatia,  organised by Ötillö. This was a sprint distance race, to introduce us to this new event. It was supposed to be 15km long in total, but my GPS watch said we had covered 18km!  Read our report on the Hvar Sprint here.

The next event of the year was in Engadin, Switzerland, also an Ötillö event. This was interesting because it took place at altitude in the mountains of Switzerland, and the lake water was quite cold! We were very lucky with the weather, and had a great time. Read more at our swimrun Engadin page.

Three swimrun competitors wearing triathlon suits running across a grassy field on a sunny day, with woods in the background.swimrun Bologna, Italy.

We then entered a mountain event in Italy,  in the Apennine hills between Florence and Bologna. This took place on 30 July 2017, and turned out to be our favourite SwimRun race to date.  You can find out more about this Italian event at our Bologna swimrun page.

Two swimrun competitors wearing triathlon suits running through a wood in Italy.Mogsy and Richard running through the forest between Bresimone and Suvliana Lakes

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 In 2019, training went well. We ran the Milan marathon in April 2019, to build up our running endurance,  AND we took part in the Isles of Scilly Ötillö World Series race in the U.K. in June 2019. This is just under 40km of swimming and running: read more about it at our Scilly page HERE.  We did this event in memory of Mogsy's daughter's fiancee Jay, who tragically died aged 28 from a heart condition whilst out for a run on his first Fathers Day. He left his little 8 month old son, Mogsy's grandson Remy.

To concentrate on our swimming for a bit, we took part in the Barbados open water swim festival in November 2019, which involved 5 days of swimming, totaling 11km (just over 6 miles). Read more about this swimming challenge HERE.  We also got engaged while we were there, with Richard popping the question on November 1st 2019!

For 2020 we looked at several events, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic. We kept fit and busy doing home workouts.  Find out the best home exercise equipment we recommend HERE and have a look at our home workout plans HERE.  Keep on training!

2021 - Move to New Zealand!

In 2021 we moved from Spain to New Zealand. We missed the Breca SwimRun events for 2021, and the events in Wanaka and Bay of Islands were also cancelled in 2022 due to the pandemic!

We are now (2024) living in Malta, on the island of Gozo, in the Mediterranean Sea. We are training for events this year, and hope to take part in the Xterra Comino swimrun in September.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about us.

This site is very active, and we are adding to it continuously, so do please keep popping back to see how we are getting on, and to see the advice and updates we give you on your swimrun journey.

Thank you for visiting our website!

Richard & Mogsy  :)

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