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, mountains and coastal trail running, sprint and full distances, but each course will give you a true adventure!

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

Previously all Breca Swimruns were competed in teams of 2 - there were no solo options. However, in February 2021, the following announcement was made:

Solo Entries for Breca Swimrun Events

Announcement from Breca, February 2021:

"We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of solo entries across all Sprint races.

This new format will allow participants to race if their teammates are stuck in other places, for new people to try swimrun or to experience swimrun in a slightly different way. There will be a few additional safety measures for those flying solo.

The first race supporting solo entries will be the Bay of Islands."

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 swim at Wanaka  is cold and the terrain mountainous, whilst Breca Bay of Islands in the north has challenging elevation and possible choppy sea water, as well as a 3km swim leg !

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

swimrunners running through a forest near a riverBreca has partnered with 'Trees Not Tees'

Breca Swimrun Canada Series

Canada is a new location for Breca - the first race was due to be held in 2020 however, due to COVID19, the first race is now in September 2021.

Breca Georgian Bay

Looking down over the islands of Georgian Bay at the Breca Swimrun

DATE:  18th September 2021

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!"

Note: this event has no solo entries.


14 runs - 24 km total

13 swims - 6 km total

Total Distance: 30 km


32 runs - 52 km total

31 swims - 10 km total

Total Distance: 62 km

Breca Swimrun UK Series

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There are 4 races in the Breca UK Series:

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

Some 2022 dates have now been set.  we will update this page as further dates are set.

Breca Gower

SPRINT DATE:  11th June 2022

FULL DATE:  12th June 2022

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.

A group of four swimrunners scrambling out of the water, over rocks.Breca Gower Swimrun
Swimrunners running on a sandy beach between rocky outcrops


Runs - 17.5 km total

Swims - 2.5 km total

Total Distance: 20 km

BRECA GOWER FULL - Team Entries Only

Runs - 36.5 km total

Swims - 6.5 km total

Total Distance: 43 km

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

Breca Coniston

SPRINT DATE:  2nd July 2022

FULL DATE:  3rd July 2022

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!

A view over a lake with a wooden jetty in the distance, and brown bracken in the foreground
Swimrunners running across a bridge at a Breca Swimrun event.


Runs - 18 km total

Swims - 3 km total

Total Distance: 21 km


Runs - 38.7 km total

Swims - 6.5 km total

Total Distance: 45 km

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:  2022 date to be confirmed

VENUE:  Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond on a sunny day, with very calm water, blue skies, and woodland on the opposite shore.

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:  3rd September 2022

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.

Three swimrunners in the sea, watching a fourth competitor scrambling out over a rocky outcrop.Breca Jersey Swimrun
Swimrun racers making their way downhill through boulders, towards the camera.


Runs - 15.5 km total

Swims - 4.5 km total

Total Distance: 20 km

BRECA JERSEY FULL - Team Entries Only

The Full course will return in 2022.

Runs - 47 km total

Swims - 6 km total

Total Distance: 53 km

A swimrun racer wearing a yellow top and a red swim cap looking down at grey sea water
Two swimrun competitors waering yellow tops and red swim caps congratulate each other while standing waist deep in the sea

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

As we are currently living in New Zealand, we are planning to do both the Breca events in 2022.

Breca Wanaka

DATE:  19th March 2022

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

BRECA WANAKA FULL - Team Entries Only

11 Runs - 37 km total

10 Swims - 7.5 km total

Total Distance: 44.5 km

Two swimrunners  walking out of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, with mountains in the background.
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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:  9th April 2022

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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In 2021 only the Sprint race will be taking place with a team and solo option for entry.


Runs - 8.5 km total

Swims - 3.5 km total

Total Distance: 12 km


Runs - 24 km total

Swims - 8 km total

Total Distance: 32 km

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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