ÖtillÖ Swimrun Series Take Place On Scilly This Weekend

The ÖtillÖ Swimrun event takes place this weekend and is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year’s event.

This year the event is expanding into a 2 day event with the World Series qualifier taking place on Saturday and the Sprint Race, new to the Isles of Scilly this year taking place on Sunday.

ÖtillÖ Swimrun is one of the most physically demanding sporting events of it's kind. It's origins are in the Stockholm archipelago and event has grown vastly since its inception in 2006. 

The course will see teams of 2 swim and run around all the inhabited islands in Scilly with the competitors in the World Series qualifier vie for a place in the finals which takes place in Stockholm, Sweden later this year.  

The World Series qualifier is just over 37km with 7 swim sections comprising of just over 9km of open water swimming between the islands. The winners are expected (subject to weather) to complete the course in just under 5 hours! 

The sprint race which takes place on Sunday is just under 15km and has 8 swim sections totaling just over 3km of the total course. The first competitors are due to cross the finish line in just under 2 hours. 

We'll have live coverage of all the racing online at radioscilly.com and locally on 107.9fm getting undeway from 8am on Saturday morning with the World Series Qualifier set to get underway at 10am. Coverage of the sprint race will start at 9am on Radio Scilly with the race scheduled to start at 11am.

Will was joined in the studio by Mats Skott and Micheal Lemmel the Race Directors of ÖtillÖ Swimrun to find out more about this year's event.