Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

News - update on all things Alpkit

Hurly Burly 10k: The Pioneer Year

By Alpkit
19, Aug, 2017

From beach to mountain, a pioneer 10k swim on the edge of Snowdonia with the Outdoor Swimming Society.

What is the Hurly Burly? In its pioneer year, that's what the Outdoor Swimming Society are trying to find out. Discover with them…

The Hurly Burly is the brand-new event from the Outdoor Swimming Society. A community of individuals who share a love of swimming under the open sky, the OSS organises a range of year-round open water swimming events across the nation, and they've just added this 10k swim to their calendar. Early in the morning on the 7th October, swimmers, runners and supporters are invited to celebrate the changing seasons and try out a new race, new route, and new format of event.

The OSS describes the Hurly Burly as their most beautiful route yet, and although we had an absolute blast at the Bantham Swoosh, we can't help but agree.

From beaches to mountains: as far as views go it doesn't get better than this!

Based in North Wales on the edge of Snowdonia, the Hurly Burly 10k begins on the sandy beaches of Barmouth before passing under the iconic railway bridge and making its way up the sandy estuary, with mountains at either side. From there the pace quickens with the Spring tide into the narrows and, as the banks come in closer at your sides, the tide acts as a bore, carrying you up to Penmaenpool.

Front row seats: as the route leads inland, the landscape becomes more pastoral

OSS Director, Artist Kari Furre

Once at Penmaenpool, it's time to get dry, get changed, and head across the fields to a barn for hot food, fire pits, and celebrations.

For those who fancy an extra challenge, the Hurly Burly will also be the OSS's first dual race, with the option to complete a 10k run up to the start of their swim. Alternatively, those who want to get in on the action without getting wet can run a 10k route alongside the swimmers.

In its pioneer year, the event will be open to 200 swimmers only. Naturally, the organisers are expecting to encounter a few bumps along the way and participants will be invaluable in helping to iron these out. As a thank you, pioneer swimmers will receive 3 years of priority booking if the event becomes permanent.

Cheers to a brand new route!

Fancy being part of history? Join 199 other pioneer swimmers and runners in the first ever Hurly Burly. Best not to rest on your laurels as places are very limited and will be snapped up fast.

  • Google+

No Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.

General News

Words with Nicky Spinks
Advice and insights from fell runner Nicky Spinks
In News
Summit to Sea
Swimming for a cleaner future
In News
Asparagus Run 2019: Raising Funds for the Alpkit Foundation
Running to raise funds for the Alpkit Foundation
In News
May Day Madness!
Join us for an action packed weekend
In News
OSS and Alpkit Story competition
Share your inspiring watery tales
In News

Elsewhere on Alpkit

Race Report: 2019 Dragon’s Back Race
Lisa Watson's 2019 Dragons Back Race Report
In Daring Deeds
Fuelled by the Honey Sandwich
Ian Palmer prepares for the big day
In Daring Deeds
Running the Wainwrights
Making the most of local fells
In Daring Deeds
Forecast is Misti - part 2
Taking on the El Misti Sky Race
In Daring Deeds
Forecast is Misti - part 1
heading to the El Misti Sky Race
In Daring Deeds
The Squalline Story
Developing our new run/ride showerproof shell
In Develop
Illuminating our Head Torch Development
Developing a new range of head torches
In Develop
Gripping Developments In Gloves
A whole new glove range: the inside story
In Develop
The low-down on Polygiene™
Wear more, wash less: you can't get simpler than that!
In Develop
New Swimming Wetsuits
Thinny and thermal swimming wetsuits being tested now
In Develop
How to choose a head torch
Buyer's guide: which is the best head torch for you?
In Spotlight
Mountain Marathon Tips and Advice
Mountain Marathon tips and kit from the AK team
In Spotlight
Dragon’s Back Race Kit List
Detailed kit guide for running the Dragon's Back Mountain Race
In Spotlight
Taking on the Dragons Back 2019
5 days of mountainous running in Wales
In Spotlight
How to look after your swimming wetsuit
Caring for and repairing swimming wetsuits
In Spotlight

Sign up to AlpCol's Espresso

Espresso is Col's newsletter sharing tales of Go Nice Places Do Good Things.


By adding your email you consent to our terms and conditions