Love SwimRun Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales, UK
5th September 2020
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!
Love SwimRun Holy Island will take place on the west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales. 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!
This year will be extending our original route to make it 23k in total (previously 18km) and we will also be adding a sprint version on the route which is 10km in total but still takes in the best of the swims! The course will be fully marked and marshalled.
- location: Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales.
- Total course distances:
- FULL: Approximately 23km (3km of swimming and 20km of running) (Longest run: 5.75km, Longest Swim: 780m)
- SPRINT: Approximately 10km (2.1km of swimming and 7.9km of running) (Longest run: 4km, Longest Swim: 780m)
- Transitions: Full: 7 runs, 6 swims / Sprint: 5 runs, 4 swims
- Elevation gain: Full: 518m / Sprint: 225m
- Cut off for Full: 2.5 hours to finish run 3 (8.75km running & 1.5km swimming)
- Aid stations: 2 (you are advised to carry water and a gel)
- Splits for Full as follows:
- Splits for Sprint as follows:
Entries will be limited to 200 places across both distances. Teams of 2 and solo entries are welcome.
- Online entry opens: Friday 6th September 2019
- Online entry closes: 5pm on Saturday 29th August 2020.
You must be over 18 years of age on the day of the race to enter the event.
- FULL: Team of 2: £210 / Solo: £105
- SPRINT: Team of 2: £140 / Solo: £70
Entry fee includes:
- Event bib (to be returned – lost or damaged bibs will be charged for)
- Event swim hat (re-use one of our orange hats to save waste and we’ll donate the cost to The Marine Conservation society – see note below*)
- Race timing
- Fuel and hydration during race
- Post-event refreshments
- Race souvenir
- Free event photos
- Prize for winners in each category
* We all have loads of swim caps from events, do you really need another?! If you bring an orange Love SwimRun hat from a previous event with you to reuse instead of taking a new hat we will donate the cost of the new hat to The Marine Conservation Society! Of course, you are welcome to have a cap if you want it!
Mandatory equipment for team and solo participants
There will be a mandatory equipment check at registration.
- 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
- Hydration system, soft bottle or cup
This event will be plastic cup free in a bid to reduce waste and help care for the environment. Water will of course be available at feed stations and the finish line but you will need to carry your own bottle or cup. We recommend using a soft silicone cup or similar which can be easily stashed inside your wetsuit or a soft bottle.
Additional mandatory equipment for solo competitors only
- 1 swimming specific tow float
Mandatory equipment that Love SwimRun will supply
- Race bibs – must be worn at all times during the race and must not be modified
- Swim caps – must be worn during all the swims
Strongly recommended equipment
- 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 16-17°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 the evening of Friday 4th September from 6pm to 7pm and Saturday 5th September 2020 at from 7.15am to 8.45am 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. Both team members must be present to register. Registration closes at 08.45am.
Route and safety briefing
The briefing will be held at 9.00am on Saturday 5th September 2020 at Rhoscolyn village hall, Rhoscolyn, Holy Island, Anglesey. Persons who have not attended the briefing will not be allowed to start the race. Straight after the briefing you will board buses to the start of the route.
Entries are open!
Schedule of events
(provisional times only – to be confirmed in event handbook)
Friday 4th September
- 18.00-19.00 Evening registration
Saturday 5th September
- 07:15 Registration opens
- 08:45 Registration closes
- 09.00 Route and safety brief
- 09:15 Board buses
- 09:45 Arrive at start line
- 10:00 Race start
- 14:00 Zone3 prize giving!
Love SwimRun Holy Island 2020 commemorative t-shirts will be available for pre-order (to pick up on the day of the event). These are designed, produced and sold by an independent t-shirt designer. They are £15 each and are etchically produced from organic cotton! They are hand printed locally using environmentally friendly inks. You will be emailed approx 1 month before the event with the design and details of how to order one.
Love SwimRun everyday vinyl printed logo t-shirts, vest tops and hoodies are available for mail order in the Love SwimRun shop. Males sizes seem accurate. Female sizes come up small, so if you like a fitted look order your normal size or if you like a slightly looser fit go for a size up (eg for size 10: Small = fitted, Medium = looser fit).
Training plan & swimrun tips
You can find lots of information about training for swimrun on this website under the ‘SwimRun Knowledgebase’ tab in the main menu. We also have a training plan available here.
Our Charity Partner – The Marine Conservation Society
We 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 email@example.com.
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 £30 vouchers to spend at www.racezone3.com, plus there will be a few spot prizes given out at random. Zone3 are also offering all Love SwimRun participants a 25% discount on their range including the SwimRun specific wetsuit, the Evolution! You will receive a special discount code once you have registered.
Wild Trail will be helping to fuel you on our events this year as our official nutrition partner! Their all natural fruit and nut bars are made with just 5 simple ingredients you’ll know and love, see them at www.wildtrail.co.uk. They are gluten free, dairy free, have no added sugar, are high in fibre and suitable for vegetarians and vegans! Best of all, Wild Trail bars are inspired by Snowdonia and are made locally in Wales.
Prizes will be supplied by Zone3 and will be given at the village hall. All competitors will receive a race medal. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third team/solo in each category. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. Zone3: www.racezone3.com
Parking & toilet & changing facilities
There will be parking provided on a field close to the village 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 village hall. We will have gazebos for you to get changed in but there will be no shower facilities.
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.
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!
Race rules & entry terms & conditions
Please read the race rules and terms and conditions of entry throughly before signing up. You can read them in full here. Please be aware that we offer a no refunds policy and limited entry deferral options. We recommend you take out individual sports event insurance to cover any losses due to unexpected circumstances that prevent you from taking part.