Love SwimRun Holy Island event, Anglesey, June 2017

Love SwimRun Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales, UK

TBC 2024

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!

Unfortunately we are unable to run Love SwimRun Holy Island in 2023 due to a number of issues we have come up against that will compromise the integrity of the course, the logistics of running the event and the safety of our participants. These are not compromises we are prepared to make! Love SwimRun Holy Island will hopefully be back in 2024! 

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Find 2019 results HERE.
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 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 Full route is 23k in total and we will also have a Sprint version of the route which is 13.5km in total (This has been altered from 2021 so that all participants finish the course in the same way at similar times). The course will be fully marked and marshalled.

  • location: Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales.
  • Total course distances:
  • FULL: Start at South Stack: Approximately 23km (3km of swimming and 20km of running) (Longest run:  5.75km, Longest Swim: 780m)
  • SPRINT: Start at Trearddur: Approximately 13.5km (1.7km of swimming and 11.9km of running) (Longest run:  5.75km, Longest Swim:510m)
  • Transitions: Full: 7 runs, 6 swims / Sprint: 5 runs, 4 swims
  • Elevation gain: Full: 518m / Sprint: 300m
  • Cut off for Full: 2.5 hours to finish swim 4 (8.75km running & 2km swimming)
  • Aid stations: 2  (you are advised to carry water and a gel/bar)
  • Splits for Full 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 2km
    Swim 500m
    Run 3.75km
  • NEW Splits for Sprint as follows:
    Run 500m
    Swim 510m
    Run 500m
    Swim 370m
    Run 5.21km
    Swim 370m
    Run  2km
    Swim 500m
    Run 3.75km
Trearddur, Holyhead. Holy Island SwimRun


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

  • Online entry opens: TBC
  • Online entry closes: 5pm on TBC.

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

Entry prices

  • FULL: Team of 2: £230 / Solo: £115
  • SPRINT: Team of 2: £170 / Solo: £85

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
  • Event photography
  • 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 15-16°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.


Photographic ID will now be required at registration. Registration and kit inspections take place on the evening of TBC from 6pm to 7pm and TBC 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 and ID 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 sign the register. Registration closes at 08.45am.

Route and safety briefing

The briefing will be held at 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.

Schedule of events

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


  • 18.00-19.00 Evening registration


  • 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!

Event merchandise

Love SwimRun Holy Island 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 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).

Swimrun t-shirt hoodie

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 – RNLI


We are so pleased to be supporting RNLI. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Powered by your kind donations, their search and rescue service has been saving lives for nearly 200 years.

Every day of every year, people of all backgrounds get into danger in the water. The RNLI offer a 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service and a seasonal lifeguard service. Their volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards help and rescue thousands of people and have saved over 143,000 lives since 1824. Countless more lives are saved through their youth education and water safety campaigns.

Please help the RNLI continue to help save lives at sea by selecting to make a donation when you enter. Every little bit will help and every penny will go straight to the RNLI. If you are interested in raising sponsorship funds for the RNLI in return for a FREE ENTRY please email

Event Sponsors

We are super exited to have Zone3 on board as our SwimRun event sponsors. Zone3 are also offering all Love SwimRun participants a 10% discount on their range including the SwimRun specific wetsuit, the Evolution! You will receive a special discount code once you have registered.


TRIBE will be helping to fuel you on our events this year as our official nutrition partner! Their tasty plant based energy and protein bars are made with natural ingredients and are gluten free. They are perfect for performance fuelling and for snacking! Profits from the bars to got the Tribe Freedom Foundation to help fight modern slavery and human trafficking.

Tribe  Love Swimrun


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. 

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 and that will cover you for any injury sustained during the event.

Porth Diana, Holy island swimrun