Scilly Getting Ready For New Extreme Sports Challenge

Photo credit: Jakob Edholm

Photo credit: Jakob Edholm

Final preparations are being made for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship UK Qualifier, being held in Scilly for the first time on the 18th June.

ÖTILLÖ means island-to-island in Swedish and the Scilly event is likely to provide a true test of endurance for the teams of two, tackling the 38km course.

There will be nine open-water swim sections, linked by 30km of trail running across St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martin’s and Bryher.

This qualifier race will be the first ever held in the UK, with more than 100 teams from the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia and Japan chasing eight spots in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship.

That’s taking place in the Stockholm archipelago on 5th September.

Scilly was selected as the UK venue after a yearlong search for a suitable location.

Race Director Mats Skott says: “We chose the Isles of Scilly because the islands are so beautiful and the environment is pristine yet challenging.

“We’ve been working hard on planning all aspects of the race with the Islands’ Partnership team, and can’t wait to put on an amazing qualifying event in preparation for the world championship, now in its 11th year.”

Zoe Parry, Events Manager for the Partnership, says: “We are delighted to be hosting the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun UK Qualifier and look forward to welcoming competitors and supporters to the islands.

“Scilly is the perfect place for fun and competitive sporting challenges as well as a popular holiday destination, and the qualifying race is a fantastic addition to our sports calendar.”

Zoe adds: “The islands are fast becoming a centre for adventure sports. Scilly is already home to the annual World Pilot Gig Championships, the Tresco Triathlon and the Scilly Swim Challenge.

“There’s all this plus the islands’ favourite marine pursuits, including stand-up paddle-boarding, wild swimming, coasteering, kayaking, gig racing and sea fishing, all in Scilly’s spectacular surroundings.”

Zoe says the ÖTILLÖ qualifier is one of a series of new events on the islands for 2016 supported by the Coastal Communities Fund.

Other events will include the inaugural Islands’ Regatta over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with a display from the Red Arrows topping the bill on the final day, and the first Taste of Scilly food and drink festival running throughout September.

For more details, go to www.visitislesofscilly.com