Swimrun Coniston

By Richard Mitchell and Mogsy Ford

Updated May 2024

The Swimrun Coniston event was previously run by Breca, which has, unfortunately, gone broke. However, in 2023 the event was taken over by Gritty Rascals Events, run by Gary Pavitt. Gary has extensive experience in the Adventure Racing world, and brings a new and exciting version of Coniston swimrun to the swimrun world.

In 2024 the race is scheduled for Sunday 22nd September.

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Swimrun Coniston

Two swimrunners in yellow caps running through golden ferns at the coniston swimrun event.

The Coniston swimrun event takes place in the stunning Lake District National Park in the U.K.. It takes in 4 lakes - Coniston Water, Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere. There are 3 distances; Full (45 km) and Gritty (21 km), and a Sprint at 12.7km, and you can do all events as a team of 2 or as a solo competitor.

The entry fee includes the following:

  • Swim cap
  • Finisher’s t-shirt *
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Prizes
  • Race timing
  • Race nutrition and hydration
  • Free event photography
  • Coaches to the start

The organisers, Gritty Rascals Events, have tried to stick to the original Braca route as far as possible, but have changed a few swim entry and exit points to improve accessibility and safety. The biggest change with the new race is that all 3 distances race at the same time, so that they all finish about the samr time. This means that the finish cut-offs for the shorter races are very generous!

Two competitors wearing wetsuits at the Coniston swimrun in 2023

The Full Distance race covers 45 km, with 6.5km of swimming and 38.7km of running. The swim distance is divided over 9 sections, and the running distance is over 10 sections. That makes for a swim to run ratio of approximately 1:7, which is about average for many swimrun races. The vertical gain over the course is just over 1,000 metres - over 3,000 feet - so you had better be good a trail running ascents!

Coniston Swimrun Full CourseFull distance course

Swimrun Coniston

The Gritty Distance is shorter, at 21 km. The swimming distance is 3 km split over 5 sections, and the running distance is 18 km split over 6 sections, giving a swim to run ratio of approximately 1:7, the same as the Full Distance race. The vertical gain of the Sprint course is 500 metres - around 1,500 feet in imperial measure.

Coniston swimrun Gritty  CourseThe 'Gritty' course

The new Sprint distance event covers 12.7 km, with 6 transitions. There is about 300m of vertical ascent, so not too bad!

Coniston swimrun sprint courseSprint course

This new version of swimrun racing at Coniston aims to be sustainable, green, and safe.

  • All athletes must bring their own reusable cups with them
  • Athletes can choose between getting the T shirt OR having a tree planted on their behalf.

Professional water safety teams and medical staff have been included in the planning stages of the event, and will be on hand on race day.

For more information, and to enter, visit the Gritty Rascals Swimrun Coniston home page here.

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