Annika Ericsson and Kristin Larsson during the 2016 race. Image: Nadja Odenhage
Brits looking strong
Being able to train in the Swedish terrain has huge advantages (hence the mostly Swedish podiums!), however as swimrun gains popularity through the World Series races and other ÖtillÖ merit races pop up around the globe, there’s more chance to race than before, which sees international teams gaining in experience.
From GB this year, we’ll see 20 athletes on the start line. We’re expecting strong performances from Andrew Maclean, who lives and trains in Stockholm and races this year with new partner Johanna Wallenstein (SWE) in the mixed class as Team Wolff Wear Swimrun.
“We have trained together a few times this year and did one smaller race together, where we came first,” Andrew told us. “My main goal is time-based like last year when I wanted to go sub 10hrs and Helen Maalinn, (EST) and I did 09:50 so goal accomplished! This year my time goal is 09:30 or under. And hopefully a top 10 spot – although how that goes is hard to predict as there are so many fast semi-pro mixed teams this year!”
In the women’s class, Isobel Joiner and Rosemary Byde are back after qualifying with a strong performance at ÖtillÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes in Germany. Rosemary told us: “Last year when we raced, we wanted to go an hour faster than the year before and we did just that – by racing smarter and knowing when to keep concentrated, when to come off the tow, what kind of shoes to wear etc. This year we want to go faster again, but there are not such easy gains and the weather can play a big part!”
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Watch the race live
The ÖtillÖ World Championship race is on Monday 4th September and coverage starts at 4:45am British time. 220 Triathlon Editor Helen Webster will be in Sweden and presenting as part of the live webcast team.
Watch it live here and follow all the action through social media by using the hashtag #otillo. Find out more about the race series by visiting www.otilloswimrun.com.
Find out more!
Interested in trying swimrun for the first time? Read our guide here: What Is Swimrun?
Want to find out more about kit for swimrun? Read our Essential Guide to Swimrun Kit
Wondering how to train for your first swimrun race? Here’s our expert swimrun training plan