Love SwimRun Holy Island event, Anglesey, June 2017

New for 2017

Love SwimRun Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales, UK

23rd September 2017

Take on the rugged and beautiful coastline of Holy Island. Starting near Southstack lighthouse, swim & rockhop through sandy bays and rocky channels, and run along high cliff edges with spectacular views of Snowdonia!

Sponsored by

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The Course

Love SwimRun Holy Island will take place on the west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales. The 18.35km multi transition linear course will involve a total of approximately 2.74km of swimming and 15.61km of running. The route will take in some of Angleseys’s most stunning scenery on mainly off road terrain, including Southstack Lighthouse and the RSPB reserve, beautiful cliff top runs with views of the mountains of Snowdonia, hidden beaches, rocky swims and a tough final climb up to the finish line – the toughest part will be passing a tempting pub and not stopping, but you can always head there after claiming your medal!

The course will be fully marked.

  • location: Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales.
  • Total course distance: Approximately 18.35km (2.74km of swimming and 15.61km of running)
  • Longest run: Approximately 5.75km
  • Longest Swim: Approximately 780m
  • Transitions: 6 runs, 5 swims
  • Elevation gain: 203m
  • Cut off: 2.5 hours to finish run 3 (8.75km runing & 1.5km swimming)
  • Aid stations: 2  (you are advised to carry water and a gel)
Trearddur, Holyhead. Holy Island SwimRun


Entries will be limited to 100 places. Teams of 2 and solo entries are welcome.

  • Online entry opens: 16th December 2016.
  • Online entry closes: 5pm on Friday 15th September 2017.

You must be over 18 years of age on the day of the race to enter the event.

Entry prices

  • Team of 2: £190
  • Solo: £95

Entry fee includes: 

  • Event bib
  • Event swim hat
  • Race timing
  • Fuel and hydration during race
  • Post-event refreshments
  • Race medal
  • Free event photos
  • Prize for winners in each category – supplied by Zone3


Mandatory equipment for team and solo participants

  • There will be a mandatory equipment check at registration.
  • 1 First aid T4 Trauma bandage in waterproof packaging (1 per team)
  • 1 wetsuit per participant suitable for water temperature of 12-14 degrees Celsius
  • 1 pair goggles per participant
  • 1 pair off road trainers per participant
  • 1 whistle per participant

Additional mandatory equipment for solo competitors only

  • 1 Tow float (any type)

Mandatory equipment that Love SwimRun will supply

  • Race bibs – must be worn at all times during the race and must not be modified
  • Timing chip
  • Swim caps – must be worn during all the swims

Strongly recommended equipment

  • Hydration system
  • Emergency food
  • Mobile phone in waterproof case

Weather & water temperature

Going on average water temperatures for September over the last few years, we expect the water temperature in the sea to be around 15°C for our Love SwimRun Holy Island event. We will keep you updated on the water temperature in the run up to the event. 

Please note that the weather on the North Wales coast can be very variable. We have our fingers crossed for a perfect, calm and sunny day but in the event of high winds and rough seas in this area we may be required to shorten or even remove some of the swim sections from the course for your safety. This will be entirely dictated by our professional water safely crew.


Registration and kit inspections take place on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at from 8am at Rhoscolyn church hall, Holy Island, Anglesey, UK. Please arrive as early as possible and ensure you have your mandatory equipment with you – your kit will be checked! Teams will be issued with their race bibs and hats during registration. Registration closes at 09.15. Buses will carry all participants to the start of the linear route!

Route and safety briefing

The briefing will be held at 09:10 on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at Rhoscolyn church hall, Rhoscolyn, Holy Island, Anglesey. Persons who have not attended the brief will not be allowed to start the race. After the briefing will you board buses to the start of the route.

Schedule of events (provisional)

  • 07:45 Registration opens
  • 09:00 Registration closes
  • 09:10  Route and safety brief
  • 09:25  Board buses
  • 09:5o  Arrive at start line
  • 10:00  Race start
  • 14:30  Zone3 prize giving and pub!

Entries are open!

Click here!
  • Entries of 100 taken 58%

Our Charity Partner – The Marine Conservation Society

mcs-logo-proudly-supportingWe are so pleased to be supporting The Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The MCS is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect marine wildlife and fish stocks.

Our UK seas and coasts are amongst the most diverse and beautiful on the planet, playing host to dolphins, sharks, whales and turtles. Over half of the UK’s wildlife resides within our seas and many other species such as seabirds rely on them for their survival.

Please help the MCS protect and conserve our precious marine wildlife by selecting to make a donation when you enter. Every little bit will help and every penny will go straight to the MCS. If you are interested in raising sponsorship funds for the MCS in return for a FREE ENTRY please email

Event Sponsor

We are super exited to have Zone3 on board as our SwimRun event sponsors. They will be suppling the winners of each category with a prize of £50 vouchers to spend at, plus there will be a few spot prizes given out at random. Zone3 are also offering all Love SwimRun participants a 15% discount on their range including the SwimRun specific wetsuit, the Evolution! You will receive a special discount code once you have registered.

zone3 swimrun wetsuit

See Swim are offering Love SwimRun participants their tow float bag at a special price of £25, including postage. You can see it here: You will receive a special link to purchase it at the reduced price once you have registered. see swim swimrun tow float

Prizes & party!

Prizes will be supplied by Zone3 and will be given at our Love SwimRun after race celebration that will take place at The White Eagle, Rhoscolyn, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 2NJ.  This pub is very close to the finish line. Food will be available and the bar will be open! All competitors will receive a race souvenir. Prizes will be awarded to the first team/solo in each category, with a special Love SwimRun trophy going to the overall winner. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. Zone3:

Parking & toilet facilities

There will be parking provided on a field close to the Church Hall (location for registration and the finish line). Please do not park on the roads – they are very narrow and parking is limited! There are toilets in the church hall and portaloos will be positioned close by.


By car: To access Rhoscolyn, turn off at Junction 20 of the M6 onto the M56, follow signs for NORTH WALES to reach the A55. The A55 will bring you onto the Isle of Anglesey. Exit at junction 3 and take the B4545 to Four Mile Bridge. After crossing the river turn left onto Fordd Caradoc and follow signs for The White Eagle Pub. The Church hall is a large white buliding on your left after about 2 miles. Use post code LL65 2NQ in your Sat Nav.
Public transport: The closest train station to Rhoscolyn is at Valley or at Holyhead. Buses do run to Rhosycolyn. For more information on public transport please click here.


See our list of accommodation providers here.

Spectator info

Spectators are welcome at Love SwimRun events. Please park considerately and stick to public footpaths! There are plenty of good spots along the route from which to support your friends or family and plenty of views and beaches to enjoy! If you take any photos or video footage of the event we would love to see them! If you are interested in getting involved on the day, please get in touch!

Porth Diana, Holy island swimrun