Islanders Jack Grundy and Gary Kurth have revealed that they have been selected as this years ÖTILLÖ wild card team in the swimrun world championships taking place in Sweden this September.
ÖTILLÖ is one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world, with more than 100 events in Europe alone. It is now ranked as one of the toughest endurance races in the world by CNN.
ÖTILLÖ (Swedish for “Island to island”) is a 1-day swimrun race in the archipelago of Stockholm, Sweden. The aim of the race is to get from Sandhamn to Utö, via 26 islands, by running across them and swimming between the islands in a team of 2. The total distance is 75 kilometres of which 10 km is open-water swimming and 65 km is challenging trail-running.
Jack and Gary are both experienced triathletes and have trained and raced together for large part of their lives. They both come from competitive swimming backgrounds that has provided a great foundation for the swimrun events. Jack has previously raced at the ÖTILLÖ world championships back in 2015 and finished 7th overall, which is still the highest ever British finisher to date.
The team are incredibly excited to announced that they will be supported by Isle of Wight-based laser cutting and CNC business, Cutlasercut. Cutlasercut take on all types of projects and are working to develop plastic free paddles for sea swimming. Jack and Gary will testing these developments and hope to help further showcase Cutlasercut’s technology.
The duo will also be supported by 2XU wetsuit, who will be making sure they have the best suits for the season.
Through the campaign the team hope to inspire more people to get outdoors swimming and running and more importantly appreciate the beautiful Isle of Wight coastline. In the run up to world champs in September the team will be doing a number of events and workshops that promotes swimming and running outdoors.
Jack and Gary plan to be the first pair to Swim Run round the Isle of Wight during the months of July- August. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/KurthGrundySwimRun/.
The next race the that the pair will tackle in preparation is the Cornish swimrun event – Hokey Cokey – on 25th May.