ÖTILLÖ Isles Of Scilly This Weekend

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The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series continues with in “Paradise Lost”. The Isles of Scilly is the home of the UK ÖTILLÖ race and it is one of the most spectacular locations on the tour. ÖTILLÖ and swimrun has become one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world.

The unique Isles of Scilly will host its third ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend and it is the third stop of the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series. Close to 140 teams from 17 nations will take the start for Sundays World Series race (June 10th).

Some of the best teams in the world will chase the coveted GOLDEN BIB and take on the challenge of winning six ÖTILLÖ races in a row and the prize purse of 33 000€ per category.

Others are on-site to try to get one of the eight qualification spots to the holy grail of Swimrun, the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship. A majority of the teams will be racing to experience the magic of the race course.

These nearly hundred and forty teams will be challenged by this stunning course where the pairs will run along beautiful trails and do some major ocean swims.

More information about ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly: https://otilloswimrun.com/races/isles-of-scilly



  • Isles of Scilly, UK
  • Total race distance: 37,275 m
  • Trail running: 29,325 m
  • Swimming: 7,950 m
  • Swim sections: 7
  • Longest swim: 2,500 m
  • Longest run: 7,700 m


The 140 teams of two, will have their powers of endurance tested to the limit over the eight trail runs and seven swim sections across the islands of St. Mary’s, Tresco, St. Martin’s and Bryher.

In total, they will cover 29,5 km on foot and 8 km in open water. Two of the swim sections are longer than 2 000 metres in the open Atlantic Ocean.

Depending on conditions, these stretches could be very rough. The water is around 14 decgrees C and the swims will be a difficult challenge even for the fittest. The fastest teams are expected to complete the course in around five hours.

Will last year’s winners Stefano Prestinoni & Fredrik Axegård (SWE) be able to keep the Golden Bib holders George Bjälkemo & Pontus Lindberg (SWE) and the likes of Richard Stannard (GBR) behind them?  As seen in previous races this year the top 5 teams are battling until the very last kilometres.

Reigning women’s world champion Annika Ericsson (SWE), will try to defend her victory from the last two years in the women’s class with her team partner Elisabet Pärsdotter Westman, but they will have to work hard as Fanny Danckwardt (winner of the two last World Series races) will not let the win go very easily.

Some of swimrun’s top teams will be taking on the challenge at the Isles of Scilly along with many UK teams. Swimrun World Champions and winners of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series will be on the start line, as well as athletes from all over the world, some are veterans of swimrun and some are totally new to the sport, but eager to find out why so many people are so hooked to the unique experience of racing in swimrun.

David Jackson, Executive Director of Islands’ Partnership, says: “We’re delighted to be hosting the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship UK Qualifier for the third year. The event is a welcome addition to Scilly’s adventure sports calendar that takes advantage of the islands’ rugged terrain and pristine waters. Best of luck to everyone taking part!”

Start list https://otilloswimrun.com/races/isles-of-scilly/teams-2018/


On Saturday, June 9th ÖTILLÖ will host a shorter, more accessible race which they call ÖTILLÖ Sprint Isles of Scilly. The name eludes to the distance and not to the speed.
We have more than 85 teams from 17 nations signed up for this beautiful taste of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun and they will complete a 15,5 km course with eight beautiful swim sections.

See more info here https://otilloswimrun.com/races/isles-of-scilly/#raceinfoTabs|1


ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly is part of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and a qualifier to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship in the Swedish archipelago.

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series is heading for its third season with a minimum of six qualifier races for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship.

One exciting, new event is seeing its birth in the autumn of 2018;

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2018

Six qualifying races to ÖTILLÖ:
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 8 April -18
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, 20 May -18
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, 10 June -18
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, 8 July -18
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, 30  Sept -18 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2019)
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes; France – 21 October – 18, First edition!

At each World Series event a sprint race is organised the previous day.

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship
13th edition on 3 September 2018
75 km over and between 26 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago
Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world




Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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