This unique event brings swimmers and runners from all over the country to the edge of the Snowdonia National Park - expect wild weather, wide open spaces, a stunning landscape and a tidal push that is into bore category. This Autumnal celebration embraces the change of the seasons: bring on the firepits, blackberries, pumpkins, gorse and empty beaches. Skin swimmers welcome.
Our swims are always about the journey (the only race is with yourself) and what a journey this is! It’s taken us 7 years of looking to find a swim route that rivals the Dart, and this is it. Set on the edge of Snowdonia, this swim is the most beautiful we have ever found. It starts on the sandy beach of Barmouth, and takes swimmers underneath Barmouth Bridge, a mile and an iconic half wide railway bridge. The first part of the swim is up the wide and sandy estuary (hopefully with the wind behind us) with mountains on either side, and then it’s through ‘the narrows’ and into a more sheltered part of the estuary. The whole swim takes place on a fast, incoming Spring tide that works like a bore to assist your swim. Past the narrows the water speeds up further, and the landscape becomes pastoral, the banks closer to you. The swim ends at Penmaenpool, where we will get changed, gather for hot food and to warm up on fire pits, and celebrate.
The 11K run takes place at the same time as the swim, so at some point in the course you will see swimmers in the estuary beside you. The route will take you from Barmouth Beach, over the iconic Barmouth bridge then flanks the estuary all the way to Penmaenpool. Perfect for supporters who might not be water lovers but would like to get in on the action.
A 11K run followed by the 10K swim for those of you keen for a double challenge. You will be bused to Penmaenpool to join the Mawdacch Trail, run 11k to the swim start in Barmouth alongside the banks of the estuary and across the Barmouth Bridge, then swim back under it with the other swimmers on the incoming tide. This is a long run before a long swim: you can run in your running clothes, change and have a drink before setting off with the other swimmers (there is likely to be a small time gap between the two events giving time for this to happen, and swimmers to depart together).
APPROXIMATE TIMINGS (VERY APPROXIMATE)
Friday night registration is available around tea time – it’s an early start on Saturday so make it if you can! Solo travellers and social swimmers: we’re making a plan for a suppertime meet (come back for details).
Saturday registration will be early (7ish)
Run-swimmers will board coaches in Barmouth between 7-8am
Swimmers and run-swimmers will leave Barmouth for their swim around 9.30am.
Runners will leave Barmouth after 9.30am.
Spectator coaches will take spectators to the event finish when around 10am (there is NO parking at the finish).
All participants will be reunited at the event finish around midday, where we’ll celebrate with food and fire pits. Coaches will returning people back to Barmouth for the next few hours