Breca Swimrun

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Breca Swimrun is the organizer of a Swimrun series set in the UK, New Zealand and Canada.  Each race is unique in its location and the challenges you face.  You have a choice of lake and sea swims, mountaing and coastal trail running, sprint and full distances, but each course will give you a true adventure!

World class swimrun races in wild places - test your strength in open water and on the trails!

All Breca Swimruns are competed in teams - there are no solo options thus embracing the true spirit of the sport of Swimrun.

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For those new to the sport, Breca recommend any of their Sprint distances at a lake-based event, as there will be no tides or swell on the swim.

For experienced swimrunners, the full distances will all present different challenges depending on the location and the strengths/weaknesses of the athletes.  Breca Gower has a high chance of swells being a surfing location and has difficult running terrain.  Breca Jersey features extremely technical swim entrances and exits and a long running section.  In New Zealand the lake swims are cold and the terrain mountainous at Breca Wanaka, whilst Breca Bay of Islands has challenging elevation and possible choppy waters!

Read on to find out more about the Breca Swimrun Series and find the best Swimrun event for you!

UPDATE APRIL 2020 - Due to COVID-19 Breca Swimrun races have been cancelled or postponed.  We have updated our information below.

Click here for the full Update on the Breca Swimrun website.

NEW!  Breca Virtual Swimrun Series

On June 1st 2020 Breca announced their Virtual Swimrun Challenge!

Below is an extract from their website:

"Complete one of our four virtual challenges: The Beowulf Challenge, The Pirate Challenge, The Ice Challenge or The Lunar Challenge to win a t-shirt, medal, certificate, and the chance to win one of our grand prizes. With only a £20 entry fee and £15 of every purchase going to our charity partner, Mind Over Mountains,  this is the perfect way to get back into swimrun shape for the challenges that lie ahead.

Each race is made up of a series of run and swim stages from courses designed in Denmark, Margarita Island, Iceland and The Moon. Once you have selected your challenge you will have 30 days to complete all stages and send in proof to us, all stages must be completed in-between the 15th of June and the 15th of July. The series ends with a virtual awards ceremony hosted by the Breca team to announce the winners of our grand prizes."


Breca Swimrun Canada Series

Canada is a new location for Breca with the first race being held in 2020!

Breca Georgian Bay

Breca Swimrun

DATE:  19th September 2020 - CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled and a new date for 2021 is being planned.

VENUE:  Georgian Bay, Ontario

Be part of Breca's first Canadian Swimrun event in the Thirty Thousand Islands, a UNESCO reserve east of Ontario's Lake Huron.  It is the world's largest freshwater archipelago.  This is promising to be one of Breca's wildest and most challenging races, with a journey across uninhabited islands, grey-pink granite shorelines and wild, coniferous forests.  "Wanderlust meets extreme endurance!"


32 runs - 52 km total

31 swims - 10 km total

Total Distance: 62 km


14 runs - 24 km total

13 swims - 6 km total

Total Distance: 30 km

Places for early bird prices are limited and went on sale 1st March 2020.  You can get further information and register your place HERE.

Breca Swimrun UK Series

There are 4 races in the Breca UK Series:

  • Breca Gower
  • Breca Coniston
  • Breca Loch Lomond
  • Breca Jersey

Breca Gower

DATE:  13th June 2020 (Breca Gower Sprint)

DATE:  14th June 2020 (Breca Gower Long)


This event has been postponed with a new provisional date of 26th September 2020.

VENUE:  Near Swansea, Wales

Set on Wales' Gower peninsula the race goes along the coast from Rhossili to Mumbles with trails through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Be prepared to race against the tide and explore limestone cliffs, woodlands, white sand beaches and hidden bays.  A spectacular and challenging Swimrun event on the coastal path with multiple ocean swims.

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breca swimrunBreca Gower Swimrun


Runs - 17.8 km total

Swims - 2.2 km total

Total Distance: 20 km  Transitions: 8


Runs - 37 km total

Swims - 5 km total

Total Distance: 42 km  Transitions: 18

CLICK HERE to read more about Breca Gower Swimrun and to register.

Breca Coniston

DATE:  11th July 2020


VENUE:  The Lake District, England

The race takes place in 4 of the most beautiful lakes in the Lake District - Coniston Water, Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere with stunning scenery.  You will be fell running along tracks and paths in the valleys around the lakes.  The cold lake swims have rocky beach entries and exits.  Enjoy the post race party at Tweedies Bar in Grasmere!

breca swimrun
breca swimrun


Runs - 18 km total

Swims - 3 km total

Total Distance: 21 km  Transitions: 10


Runs - 38.7 km total

Swims - 6.5 km total

Total Distance: 45 km  Transitions: 18

CLICK HERE to read more about Breca Coniston and to register.

Below is the official 2019 video of the Breca Coniston Swimrun:

Breca Loch Lomond

DATE:  8th August 2020 (Breca Loch Lomond Sprint)

DATE:  9th August 2020 (Breca Loch Lomond)


VENUE:  Loch Lomond, Scotland

Breca Loch Lomond is Breca's first Swimrun in the Scottish highlands - a unique and magical location perfect for the sport of Swimrun.  It includes long forest trails and frequent swims in the Loch's clear, glacial water.


11 Runs - 19 km total

10 Swims - 5 km total

Total Distance: 24 km


16 Runs - 35 km total

15 Swims - 9 km total

Total Distance: 44 km

CLICK HERE for further details on Breca Loch Lomond Swimrun and to register.

Breca Jersey

DATE:  5th September 2020

This event is going ahead with an update on 8 June 2020.

VENUE:  Jersey, The Channel Islands

Set on the Channel Island of Jersey this Swimrun event starts in a castle, has the third highest tidal range in the world and takes in WW2 fortifications.  It is suited to strong swimmers with technical entries and exits and ocean swims with a high likelihood of swell.  The Sprint has the highest ratio of swim-to-run in the Breca events.

The race goes counter clockwise around the island and teams will face Jersey's 40ft tides! These present a unique challenge so teamwork is essential in this event.

breca swimrunBreca Jersey Swimrun
breca swimrun


Runs - 14.2 km total

Swims - 4.6 km total

Total Distance: 19 km Transitions: 10


Runs - 47 km total

Swims - 6.5 km total

Total Distance: 53.5 km Transitions: 16

breca swimrun
breca swimrun

Watch the 2019 official race video of the Breca Jersey Swimrun below:

For more information on Breca Jersey and to register CLICK HERE

Breca Swimrun New Zealand Series

There are 2 events in the Breca New Zealand Series, one in the mountains of the South Island and the other in the tropical  islands of North Island.  Both are of course packed with adventure!

  • Breca Wanaka
  • Breca Bay of Islands

Breca Wanaka

DATE:  7th March 2020

VENUE:  South Island, New Zealand

This is New Zealand's original Swimrun set against the backdrop of the Mt. Aspiring National Park.  Expect deep glacial water and pristine trails while you are island-hopping and lake crossing!  This is truly a spectacular and challenging event.


6 Runs - 14 km total

5 Swims - 3.5 km total

Total Distance: 18 km


11 Runs - 37 km total

10 Swims - 7.5 km total

Total Distance: 45 km

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breca swimrun

See the 2018 Breka Wanaka Swimrun official race film:

CLICK HERE for further information and to register for the Breka Wanaka Swimrun.

Breca Bay of Islands

DATE:  4th April 2020 (Breca Bay of Islands Sprint)

DATE:  5th April 2020 (Breca Bay of Islands)


This event has been postponed with a provisional date of 5th December 2020.

VENUE:  North Island, New Zealand

This event takes you island hopping across the Bay's white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and rocky coasts with a grand finish at Otehei Bay island resort.  This is a stunning Swimrun in an area of great beauty, wildlife and history.

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Runs - 11.8 km total

Swims - 4.6 km total

Total Distance: 16.4 km  Transitions: 11


Runs - 27 km total

Swims - 9.1 km total

Total Distance: 36.1 km  Transitions: 22

Watch the 2019 official race video below of the Breca Bay of Islands Swimrun:

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the Breca Bay of Islands Swimrun.

For more information on the Breca team, latest news, the forum, the Breca Swimrun website can be found HERE

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