SwimRun UK - Loch Lomond Inch By Inch

03 Sep 2017

This Festival is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description


Following the tremendous success of the first 2 SwimRun UK Championships, Loch Lomond Inch By Inch returns. This time with two race distances. The Championship course and a new Short Course

The Championship Course will feature the same 8km swims and 24km runs between and over 10 of Loch Lomond's islands - from Duck Bay to Luss via Balmaha and the dreaded slog up Conic Hill.

The Short Course will start and finish in Luss, swimming 3km and running 10km around the Luss Inches and The Narrows.

Swim Run UK is the newest and hottest endurance sport for bored triathletes. Inspired by Sweden’s iconic ÖTILLÖ, athletes swim a wee bit, then run a big bit, then swim, then run etc etc etc. 

Loch Lomond is Britain's largest body of water. Just 30 minutes drive from Glasgow, Loch Lomond Inch By Inch gives you the unique opportunity to swim from one side of the loch to the other, and back again, hopping, skipping or running across between 10 of the main islands.

 The race will start at the South West corner of the loch, initially swimming the longest sections from Arden – Inchmurrin – Inchcaillioch – Balmaha, before island hopping to Luss.

Although we plan to use the 2105 route, the final final route will be published 4 weeks prior to the race. Due to the unique flora and fuana on the islands, particularly nesting birds and Osprey, much of the access to the route is controlled by Scottish Natural Heritage. Approval of the final routes across the islands will only be given following site meetings in the summer with us, SNH, land owners and the Park Rangers. 

The route has 8km of swimming and 24km of running.

The longest swim stages are at the start 1.8km to Inchmurrin and 2.8km to Inchcailloch.

The longest run section is the 11km section up and down Conic Hill then on to Cashels.

 There will be sprint points with extra prizes at Inchmurrin and Conic Hill.

The route will be marked and marshalled. On the islands you must not deviate from the route agreed with SNH / Land Owners. If you do you will be immediately disqualified and put in a boat back to the nearest mainland. Likewise anyone discovered to be littering will also be disqualified  and put in a boat back to the nearest mainland.

There will be feed and first aid stations on Inchmurrin, Balmaha and Inchtavannach.




It is forbidden for entrants to recce the course prior to the race day. A condition of your entry is that you DO NOT visit the islands prior to the event. The islands have a very fragile ecology. 


"Schedule 1 bird species regularly use some of the islands that form part of the route.  They will be nesting in the months prior to the race

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Section 1 (5) provides that if any person intentionally or recklessly (a) disturbs any wild bird included in Schedule 1 while it is building a nest or is in, on or near a nest containing eggs or young; or (b) disturbs dependent young of such a bird, he shall be guilty of an offence. This offence is punishable by a maximum fine of £5000, 6 months imprisonment or both."


In the past 2 years there have been several incidents of unsuspecting members of the general public being successfully prosecuted for unintentionally disturbing nesting / young birds. DON'T BECOME A STATISTIC!!!




This event is possibly the most complex open water swim race in UK history. We will have a large water safety team featuring powered ribs, jet skis, kayaks and one of the Cruise Loch Lomond ferries.


Loch Lomond can have large numbers of motorised traffic, especially near Balmaha. Upon entering please ensure that you are an experience and confident open water swimmer.


If the wind is from the north then the likelyhood is that the first two swims will feature large waves that have had 21 miles to build in size. Loch Lomond is not a mill pond. Get used to swimming in a decent swell.


Water Safety is our biggest concern. We will be keeping a keen eye on the weather forecast. If our water safety team think that the swell will be too big we reserve the right to modify the route to utilise shallower or safer waters. This scenario would most likely result in the cancellation of the swim to Inchmurrin. 


To reduce the length of water to be covered by our safety craft there will be two time cut offs.




After the 3rd swim to Balmaha we will have a time cut off of 2hrs 30mins - 30mins faster than the 1st year. If you beat it you get to run up Conic Hill. Miss the time cut off and you gdirect to Cashels and are out of the championship but can still race to Luss. We have another time cut off on Inchtavannach before the final swims to Luss.


The Boring Stuff:


Swim Run UK is organised by Ha Ha Events, the team behind 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive, LOCH loMAN & Arran Man Triathlon. 

 The organisers of  ÖTILLÖ have kindly given Swim Run UK events permission to use the same rules. This helps standardise things for athletes who have or will compete in their events. The rules can be viewed at http://swimrunuk.wordpress.com/rules/


Athletes will compete in teams of two.

Athletes must wear a wetsuit.

Athletes must carry all their own equipment at all times.




There are only 100 pairs available. 



On The Day:


Registration & kit check will take place on Saturday 2nd Sept from 4pm - 5pm in LUSS


COMPULSORY Race Brief (for both long and short courses!!!) will take place on Saturday 2nd Sept at 5.30pm 


Race start will be at 8am on Sunday 4th Sept 2015


Important rules to consider prior to entering are:


2. Entry pre-requisite

  1. 2.1 To be able to participate in any SWIM RUN UK race you have to race in a team consisting of two persons that are at least 18 years old and able to swim.
  2. 2.3 Entry fee is final. No refunds will be given. Deferral can be made to 2017 or an alternative Ha Ha Events race is space is available.
  3. 2.4 It is allowed to change one team member in your team
  4. 2.5 No external sales of your entry is allowed

4 Equipment

4.1 General Equipment

  1. 4.1.1 All teams need to bring all their equipment from start to finish, if a team fail to bring all their equipment to the finish line they will be disqualified.

4.2 Mandatory equipment

  • 1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
  • 2 Wetsuits suitable for water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius
  • 1 Compass
  • 1 Waterproof map holder
  • 2 Whistles
  • 1 backpack, hip pack or something to carry the mandatory equipment
  • 1 safety tow float (1 per team)

4.3 Mandatory equipment that the organisation will supply

  • Race bibs must be worn visible all the time during the race
  • Maps
  • Timing chip
  • Swimcaps must be worn visible during all the swims

4.4 Recommended equipment

  • Water bladder

4.5 Equipment check before the race

  • Before the race there will be a mandatory gear check.

4.6 Equipment that is NOT allowed

  • Floatation help that is bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm.

There will be NO REFUNDS and NO ATHLETE TRANSFERS. If you become unable to make the event you will be able to defer your entry to 2018 or another SwimRun UK race. Please only sign up if you know you can make the event. 


05 Nov 2016£300.00
01 Jun 2017£360.00
31 Aug 2017£360.00
31 Oct 2016£200.00
01 Jan 2017£260.00
31 Aug 2017£260.00
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Date: 03 Sep 2017

Closing Date: 31 Aug 2017

Status: Closed

SwimRun UK Championships- Loch Lomond (long course)??/100
Swim Run UK - Loch Lomond (short course)??/100


Alan Anderson


Main Road, Luss G83 8NY, United Kingdom