Love SwimRun Holy Island event, Anglesey, June 2017

Love SwimRun Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales, UK

1st September 2019

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!


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Find 2018 results HERE.
Find 2017 results HERE.

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)
  • Splits as follows:
    Run 5.75km
    Swim 710m
    Run 1.41km
    Swim 780m
    Run 1.14km
    Swim 510m
    Run 500m
    Swim 370m
    Run 5.21km
    Swim 370m
    Run 1.6km (uphill!)
Trearddur, Holyhead. Holy Island SwimRun


Entries will be limited to 200 places. Teams of 2 and solo entries are welcome.

  • Online entry opens: Friday 12th October 2018
  • Online entry closes: 5pm on Sunday 25th August 2019.

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

Entry prices

  • Team of 2: £196
  • Solo: £98

Entry fee includes: 

  • Event bib (to be returned or can be purchased on the day for £5)
  • 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 medal
  • 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 but you will need to carry your own bottle or cup. We recommend Salomon Soft Cup or similar which can be easily stashed inside your wetsuit or a soft bottle such as this one.

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
  • 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 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 the evening of Saturday 31st August from 6pm to 7pm and Sunday 1st September 2018 at from 6.00am to 7.30 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 07.30.

Route and safety briefing

The briefing will be held before the race starts on Sunday 1st September 2019 at Rhoscolyn village hall, Rhoscolyn, Holy Island, Anglesey. Persons who have not attended the briefing will not be allowed to start the race. After the briefing you board buses to the start of the route.

Entries are open!

Schedule of events

(provisional times only – to be confirmed in event handbook)

Saturday 31st August

  • 18.00-19.00 Evening registration

Sunday 1st September

  • 06:00 Registration opens
  • 07:30 Registration closes
  • 07:40  Route and safety brief
  • 08:10  Board buses
  • 08:55  Arrive at start line
  • 09:05  Race start
  • 13:30  Zone3 prize giving!

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 Sponsors

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, 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.

Swimrun discount

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 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.

Wild Trail Ad for website

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 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:

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.

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!

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.

Porth Diana, Holy island swimrun