COMPETITORS PREPARE FOR ONE OF THE TOUGHEST RACES IN THE WORLD
Tomorrow's ÖTILLÖ Swimrun race will see athletes from as far afield as Japan and the USA competing in what has been described as "one of the toughest races in the world".
Some 240 people from 19 nations will take part in the qualifying event, battling for spots in the world championship in September.
The race will see teams of two swim a total of 7.5km and run 30km, starting on St Mary’s then heading to Tresco, Samson, Bryher, back to Tresco, Northwethal, St Helen’s, Tean and St Martin’s before returning to St Mary’s.
Pairs must stay within 10metres of each other for the duration of the race or risk disqualification.
Islands' Partnership Events Manager Zoe Parry said of the event: "We are delighted to host the only UK qualifier for the ÖTILLÖ World Swimrun series and we're hoping the competitors, spectators and organisers will enjoy it because if they do they'll want to keep the event here for the next ten years and make it the only UK site.
"It's great for the Isles of Scilly. Around 20 production crews and journalists are here too so we're going to have articles all over Europe."
The race's organisers have worked with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to ensure that the route avoids the main seabird nesting areas and other important wildlife.
The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun was founded in Sweden as a result of a drunken bet. ÖTILLÖ means island-to-island in Swedish.