It seems only fitting that in an event billed as one of the world’s toughest endurance races, the 10th aniversary of ÖtillÖ should see an epic battle to the finish.
The mixed race was no less exciting, with a course record being set by winners Steffan Bjorklund and Marika Wagner who finished fifth overall in 8:55:39 and took nearly an hour off the course record. Wagner said: “It’s been a great day. We have been solid and not too stressed about other teams or times – just doing our own thing! It’s been a tough race, but solid. Our plan was not to get too eager in the beginning but to keep good pace.”
In the women’s race, first place was taken by Sweden’s Annika Ericsson and Maya Tesch in 10:30:36, while several GB athletes on the course also put in strong performances. Mark Threlfall and Jack Grundy of T3 Triathlon came ninth overall in 9:24:41, while Bike Science’s Ed Charlton-Weedy and Paul Horsfall finished in 10:30:19. Also competing for GB was Pippa Middleton who, along with many other teams, was still on the course at the time of publishing. To find out how her and the rest of the competitors got on, see OtillO’s live tracking here.
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We’ll be posting a gallery of images from the race online soon. Plus, don’t miss the next issue of 220 Triathlon for a full feature on the development of swim-run racing including tips on how to try the format yourself.