Swimming training day

Introduction To Swimrun

Join as for a fun session to learn all the skills you need for your first Swimrun!


If you are not sure that swimrun is for you or you are worried about trying it for the first time, come along to our Introduction To Swimrun and give it a go in a safe, fun and non-competitive environment. Even if you just have some questions about swimrun gear or want to meet some other like minded folk to train with, this is a session for you. We’ve designed this Introduction To Swimrun course to give you the confidence you need to swimrun safely, whether it is just for fun and fitness or for your first event. We’ll talk you though the equipment you need for swimrun and how it can be customised, we’ll have a go using the kit to practice transitions, try out using hand paddles and pull buoys for swimming whilst wearing your trainers, practice sighting techniques and swimming in a straight line, give you tips on your open water swimming technique, talk about swimrunning solo or in a team and the race strategy/mentality you need for each of those. 

Llyn Padarn, in Llanberis, is the ideal venue for an Introduction To Swimrun, providing clean, clear and sheltered water in a beautiful location. Llyn Padarn is the venue for our Love SwimRun Llanberis event and we’ll take you on some of the best sections of the route, as well as some secret extra bits!

The Introduction To Swimrun course is suitable for:
Beginners to swimrun who are already comfortable with open water swimming and trail running but are not sure how to begin with swimrunning, as well as those swimrunners who want to build their confidence and refresh their skills. Participants must be age 18+ to attend this course. Participants age 16+ may take part if accompanied by another participant aged 18+.

Date & time:
– Saturday 18th May, 9.30am – 12.30pm FULL

Location: Llyn Padarn, Y Glyn, Llanberis, LL55 4EL

Price: £45 per person  (Limited to a maximum of 8 people)

Includes: 3 hour course with a land based session covering Swimrun wetsuits and gear, training safely in open water, use of hand paddles, pull buoys and tow systems, running in your wetsuit, shoes for Swimrun, transition techniques and race strategy, swimrunning as a solo or in a team, race hydration and nutrition.

During the session we will complete a short SwimRun course of about 5km with approx 3km of running and 1.5km of swimming over a few short legs. We will stick together as a group so there will be no competitive element to it. We’ll move at a comfortable pace for the whole group and all look out for each other. The swims will be un-supported (no water safety craft). We will mostly be swimming along the shore line, with just one crossing of the lake (approx 400m). You MUST bring a swimming tow float with you.

The idea is to practice swimrun skills and to get used to running in a wetsuit and swimming in trainers, try out any other gear you may want to use such as paddles and tow floats and practice transitioning from water to land and vice versa! Most of all, just to have some fun! We have a couple of swimrun wetsuits for you to look at and some paddles, pull buoys and tow systems you can try if you like.

The Introduction To Swimrun course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to continue your swimrunning adventures!

Terrain: The course is mostly flat. There are road and off road sections. Off road sections are a mixture of paved, grassy, rocky and rooty surfaces. The lake is fresh water. Transitions between swimming and running are a mixture of slate waste beaches which can be loose and sharp, and scrambles over rocks. Rocks can be very slippery. Suitable footwear is essential. 

Ability level: Not suitable for open water swimming beginners. To ensure that you get the most out of this course and to add to your enjoyment of it, please make sure that you can swim continuously for 500m in a open water and are happy to run off road on uneven terrain. Fitness requirements are intended to give you an idea of what will be necessary on the day, they are not intended as a reason to exclude, please contact us if you are unsure.

Your coach:
Chloe Rafferty

Chloe is passionate about open water swimming having jumped into her first Welsh lake 12 years ago! Since then she has explored most of the lakes, rivers, waterfalls and beaches in Northern Snowdonia as well as finding somewhere to swim wherever ever she travels! Chloe has taken part in many open water swimming and swimrun events in the UK and abroad including two 10km swims and winter swimming events. As well as managing Love SwimRun and organising all the events we run each year, Chloe holds a number of outdoor qualifications and has plenty of leading and coaching experience under her belt. Her newest qualification allows her to begin sharing her love of open water swimming with you!

– STA Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coaching
– Open water lifeguard
– UK Athletics: Leadership in Running Fitness
– UK Athletics: Safeguarding in Athletics
– Mountain Leader Award
– Rock Climbing Instructor
– Mountain Bike Leader
– REC Outdoor First Aid

Kit list: You’ll need to bring the following equipment:

  • Wetsuit, does not need to be swimrun specific for the session 
  • Swimming tow float – these are highly recommended for all participants for safety during the session and when you swim again in the future – use a quality float such as these by Puffin Swim
  • Swimming trunks/costume or sports underwear to wear under your wetsuit
  • Goggles & bright swim hat (you’ll be given a Love SwimRun swim cap to keep if you would like one, but you may need more than one if it is cold)
  • Thermal layer/rash vest, neoprene hat, gloves and socks if you think you’ll get cold
  • Off road trainers with good grip and synthetic tight fitting socks (long or short are fine)
  • Towel
  • Warm clothes and hat for after the session
  • Waterproofs if it’s rainy – we will be outside
  • High energy snacks (eating well helps you to keep warm)
  • Flask of hot sugary drink – cake, hot food and drinks will also be available from Snowdonia Watersports Cafe (The Lone Tree Cafe)

Further Information: Further information on kit, the schedule and logistics on the day will be available once you have entered.

Terms and Conditions

Participation terms & conditions

By entering you declare you are of good health, that you meet the course fitness and other requirements as agreed by your coach when booking and that you take part entirely at your own risk. All swimmers must be 18 years or over, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

By joining this course you do so at your own risk. We will provide water safety cover where required and ask that the equipment listed must be worn for safety reasons.
If you decide to leave the group to swim without supervision you do so at your own risk and neither Love SwimRun or any of the coaches employed by Love SwimRun will take any responsibility for you.
By coming along to a course you declare yourself in good health and fit enough to complete the agreed session.
Please inform us if you have any relevant medical conditions we need to know about.
If you ignore any advice given regarding equipment or safety you do so at your own risk.
You accept these terms and will hold on-one else accountable for any incident that may occur during the course.
Love SwimRun reserve the right to cancel the course if they deem the conditions unsafe and the right the refuse a participant if they do not have the correct equipment or they deem them not to be fit enough, able enough or in good health.
Photographs and film may be taken during the session. Participants give Love SwimRun the right to use pictures and film material taken during the session to be used free of rights in marketing, press material, internet and television.

Booking/payment terms & conditions
By booking on to course and making payment you agree to these booking terms and conditions:
All Bookings are made subject to availability. Confirmation of you booking will be given by email.
Payment in full is required to reserve your booking. Until full payment is received the date and time will remain open to other bookings.
Cancellations must be made in writing 14 days prior to the start of the session. In this case an alternative date/time or refund of 75% of any monies paid will be offered. If notification is made less than 14 days prior to the start of the session an alternative date/time or refund of 50% of any monies paid will be offered. We are unable to accept cancellations for any reason if made less than 7 days prior to the session – no alternative date or refund will be offered. All cancellations must be made in writing.
If you are late for your course or do not attend the course, no refund or alternative date will be given. 
We will always do our best to ensure your course goes ahead however we do reserve the right to alter the course location, time  and / or date if necessary due to reasons beyond our control such as; safety issues, adverse weather conditions or extreme circumstances and no refunds will be available. In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the course for personal reasons, you will be notified as soon as possible and offered either an alternative date or a full refund of any monies paid. 
If for any reason you can no longer attend a course you may also transfer your place to someone else (who meets the session requirement) – you must notify us with 24 hour of the session commencing if this is the case and provide contact details for the new participant. Any substitution is at our discretion and we reserve the right to refuse the substitution at any time and this will be treated as a cancellation made by you.