Project:
SWIM-RUN

Project:
SWIM-RUN

PROJECT: LINDISFARNE SWIM-RUN

 

Our challenge begins atop the battlements of the iconic castle on the ancient and serene island of Lindisfarne (or Holy Island), sitting just off the Northumberland coast. 

Some short swim and run appetisers in and around the beautiful outer beaches of the island will bring us face to face with the main objective: A crossing to and then back from the mainland. The first time, you’ll be on foot and largely following the line of the causeway that links the island at Low Tide. You will then make your way via a stunning coastal run route to Bamburgh Castle, looming large and dominating the skyline of this dramatic coast. A few short dips and some more miles in the legs will see you facing back towards Lindisfarne once more. This time, you’ll need to swim to get back and complete the challenge where you started, back at the top of the Castle. We will then wait for the tide to ebb again, using the opportunity to refuel with warm dry clothes, a hearty meal and some welcome Northumbrian ales.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– A true ‘first’ – and a coveted hard-won objective
– Visit the 2 most famous castles in this most famous of castle-county
– A committing sea swim with safety support
– Maroon yourself on Lindisfarne for the night after the challenge

 

 

Saturday 27th October
The meeting point for this Challenge is Holy Island itself, accessed at Low Tide via the causeway from the mainland at Beal. If you would prefer to leave your car on the mainland, we can transfer you across in one of our vehicles.

We will get changed and make our way to Lindisfarne Castle for the start of the adventure. You will start the journey in wetsuits and complete some short swims on your way over to the foot crossing back to the mainland. Making your way across the Estuary at low tide, you will then head towards Bamburgh. Having ‘touched’ the battlements you will then return down the coast via one or two sea swims to come face to face with the main objective The crossing back to Lindisfarne.

Once safely over, change out of your wetsuits and get some dry clothes on and head to the pub for beers and food.

At the end of the challenge, you may opt to stay the night on the island in some of the wonderful accommodation; or make your way back across to the mainland once the tides have receded and the causeway is clear.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle support for the team, including pit stop food and beverage provision. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your progress, should you wish to share. For the foot stage to and from Bamburgh, we will also provide a downloadable track of the route, for you to follow on your phone or other device. This is a ‘self-navigated’ route but the route is extremely easy to follow in this way as it follows existing paths and minor roads. You should not worry about getting lost. We might use one or two strategically placed arrows, although this is not a fully way-marked route. At all times our support team will not be far away and our team driver will always available by phone also.
  • For the short sea swims, we will have a safety kayaker in the water. For the main sea leg back to Holy Island, we will have use of a powered safety boat and crew. If you desire/ require removal from the water on the open sea leg, we can effect this with the boat.
  • We will provide a swim cap and special-edition Challenge rash vest that you must wear at all times so we can identify you in the water if required.

The participant will provide:
Their own footwear, wetsuit, goggles and running gear. Fins are permitted for those who wish to use them.  We will transport your spare gear in a vehicle and would advise the use of a soft bag (like a holdall or rucksack) in which to take some spare clothes, personal effects and towel. You will also need a fully-charged mobile phone for the long run stage to Bamburgh. You will not need to take this into the water with you at any point.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 8/10 and Endurance rating 9/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 8/10
This is a seriously committing open-water swim proposition coupled with a fair chunk of running. Conditions in the water at this time of year could be benign; they could be choppy. In all cases you should be experienced in open-water swimming and preferably have some sea-swimming under your belt too. The longest swim here (the main one) is around 1.5 miles in duration.

Whilst the running is not on particularly hilly terrain, it is rugged in places and subject to the elements coming off the sea: it could be windy or certainly ‘fresh!’

Endurance rating 9/10
Participants should expect a long outing here and some potentially arduous swimming on the open sea leg. You need to keep going at a decent pace to make the tidal windows at play here in the event, but as with all of our Challenges, this is designed to be doable and if you are fit, have some open-water experience and are happy with the distances, you’ll make it. It is by no means for ‘serious’ swimmers only.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle*
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub on Lindisfarne to celebrate a job well done

Participants will cover costs for:

  • All meals pre and post Challenge
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the pub post-Challenge on Lindisfarne, (except 1 complimentary drink from ourselves)

*Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch and/ or other foodstuffs and we will transport it with us on the route. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

No accommodation is provided in this trip. We recommend a night on Lindisfarne post-Challenge, although this is by no means essential.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle
  • Transfer to Holy Island for those who wish to leave their car on the mainland (and vice versa after the Challenge)
  • Boat support on the open sea leg is provided for those who wish/ need to withdraw

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to and from Holy Island

How far is the route? The route is approximately 14 miles of running and up to 2 miles of sea swimming, 1.5 miles of which is an open sea leg from the mainland to Holy Island. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing. Sea distances may be affected by flows, tides and other factors.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? This one is a tough-y, make no mistake. But it’s in your grasp if you have some open-water experience and you are happy with running this distance, in a wetsuit.

Do I need to run on the foot stages? It is advised to keep a steady pace on the runs. That does not mean PB territory (hard in a wetsuit!) but a steady jog will set you in good stead to get the job done on the swims too, with plenty of times for the tidal window we have.

What type of terrain is it? The run is a mix of trail and quiet minor road, plus some lovely beach sections. There are one or two rocky bits too to access some of the short sea swims.

What if I don’t make it across the Open Sea Leg? If you miss the tidal window altogether or if we feel it is not safe to make the crossing, we will transfer you by boat. Similarly if you need assistance whilst on the leg, we will pick you up in the boat for onward transport.

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? Sort of, but don’t worry about it. We will provide a ‘track’ for you to follow on your phone or PDA device that you will be able to download before the trip starts 9for the long run bits which do not involve water). The route will not be hard to follow at all. If you can follow a standard satnav route, you’ll be fine! For the swims, the safety paddlers will advise on route and for the Open Sea Leg, we will have the boat in support in case you look to be going off course.

What if I get lost? Unlikely. But if you do get lost you can call our crew and they will put you back on track, either by talking you through it. Or by physically coming and getting you in the vehicle and plonking you back on route if it comes to that. But it won’t.

What if I get hurt? As above. You’ll be in phone reception for most of the so help will not be far away. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will only ever be a phone call away. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will come and get you. For the swim stages, you will have safety kayak support or powered boat support.

Where will we stay? That’s up to you but there are plenty of great options on Lindisfarne for after the Challenge. Here’s a handy link to start your search: www.lindisfarne.org.uk. The entire Northumberland coast is a treasure trove of great places to stay, castles galore and loads of stuff to hike and bike; so we’d encourage you to stay a while if you have the time. It’s a coast well worth exploring.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

When we get back to Lindisfarne after the Challenge, are we marooned until the next low tide? Yes. But that’s kind of the point. Swimming back to the island and being a stowaway until the tide recedes is all part of the magic of this format. But don’t worry, the tide times are all published and you will be able to plan your escape if you are a Landlubber dashing to get back to the mainland.

How do I get back to the mainland after the Challenge finishes? The route finishes on Lindisfarne. Once the all clear is given for the Causeway opening, you can drive yourself back across. Or we can take you over in our transport. Or wait until the morning and make your way back over a leisurely, fully breakfasted pace.


27th OCTOBER
2018 LINDISFARNE

Run to the mainland from iconic Lindisfarne at Low Tide. Then swim back!

Foot/Swim: 1 day
Guided, Swimming

 What do these mean?
Technical Rating: 8/10
Endurance Rating: 9/10


£199

Price is per person

27th OCTOBER
2018 LINDISFARNE

Run to the mainland from iconic Lindisfarne at Low Tide. Then swim back!

Foot/Swim: 1 day
Guided, Swimming


What do these mean?

Technical Rating: 8/10
Endurance Rating: 9/10

£199

Price is per person


Our challenge begins atop the battlements of the iconic castle on the ancient and serene island of Lindisfarne (or Holy Island), sitting just off the Northumberland coast. 

Some short swim and run appetisers in and around the beautiful outer beaches of the island will bring us face to face with the main objective: A crossing to and then back from the mainland. The first time, you’ll be on foot and largely following the line of the causeway that links the island at Low Tide. You will then make your way via a stunning coastal run route to Bamburgh Castle, looming large and dominating the skyline of this dramatic coast. A few short dips and some more miles in the legs will see you facing back towards Lindisfarne once more. This time, you’ll need to swim to get back and complete the challenge where you started, back at the top of the Castle. We will then wait for the tide to ebb again, using the opportunity to refuel with warm dry clothes, a hearty meal and some welcome Northumbrian ales.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– A true ‘first’ – and a coveted hard-won objective
– Visit the 2 most famous castles in this most famous of castle-county
– A committing sea swim with safety support
– Maroon yourself on Lindisfarne for the night after the challenge

 

 

Saturday 27th October
The meeting point for this Challenge is Holy Island itself, accessed at Low Tide via the causeway from the mainland at Beal. If you would prefer to leave your car on the mainland, we can transfer you across in one of our vehicles.

We will get changed and make our way to Lindisfarne Castle for the start of the adventure. You will start the journey in wetsuits and complete some short swims on your way over to the foot crossing back to the mainland. Making your way across the Estuary at low tide, you will then head towards Bamburgh. Having ‘touched’ the battlements you will then return down the coast via one or two sea swims to come face to face with the main objective The crossing back to Lindisfarne.

Once safely over, change out of your wetsuits and get some dry clothes on and head to the pub for beers and food.

At the end of the challenge, you may opt to stay the night on the island in some of the wonderful accommodation; or make your way back across to the mainland once the tides have receded and the causeway is clear.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle support for the team, including pit stop food and beverage provision. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your progress, should you wish to share. For the foot stage to and from Bamburgh, we will also provide a downloadable track of the route, for you to follow on your phone or other device. This is a ‘self-navigated’ route but the route is extremely easy to follow in this way as it follows existing paths and minor roads. You should not worry about getting lost. We might use one or two strategically placed arrows, although this is not a fully way-marked route. At all times our support team will not be far away and our team driver will always available by phone also.
  • For the short sea swims, we will have a safety kayaker in the water. For the main sea leg back to Holy Island, we will have use of a powered safety boat and crew. If you desire/ require removal from the water on the open sea leg, we can effect this with the boat.
  • We will provide a swim cap and special-edition Challenge rash vest that you must wear at all times so we can identify you in the water if required.

The participant will provide:
Their own footwear, wetsuit, goggles and running gear. Fins are permitted for those who wish to use them.  We will transport your spare gear in a vehicle and would advise the use of a soft bag (like a holdall or rucksack) in which to take some spare clothes, personal effects and towel. You will also need a fully-charged mobile phone for the long run stage to Bamburgh. You will not need to take this into the water with you at any point.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 8/10 and Endurance rating 9/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 8/10
This is a seriously committing open-water swim proposition coupled with a fair chunk of running. Conditions in the water at this time of year could be benign; they could be choppy. In all cases you should be experienced in open-water swimming and preferably have some sea-swimming under your belt too. The longest swim here (the main one) is around 1.5 miles in duration.

Whilst the running is not on particularly hilly terrain, it is rugged in places and subject to the elements coming off the sea: it could be windy or certainly ‘fresh!’

Endurance rating 9/10
Participants should expect a long outing here and some potentially arduous swimming on the open sea leg. You need to keep going at a decent pace to make the tidal windows at play here in the event, but as with all of our Challenges, this is designed to be doable and if you are fit, have some open-water experience and are happy with the distances, you’ll make it. It is by no means for ‘serious’ swimmers only.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle*
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub on Lindisfarne to celebrate a job well done

Participants will cover costs for:

  • All meals pre and post Challenge
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the pub post-Challenge on Lindisfarne, (except 1 complimentary drink from ourselves)

*Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch and/ or other foodstuffs and we will transport it with us on the route. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

No accommodation is provided in this trip. We recommend a night on Lindisfarne post-Challenge, although this is by no means essential.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle
  • Transfer to Holy Island for those who wish to leave their car on the mainland (and vice versa after the Challenge)
  • Boat support on the open sea leg is provided for those who wish/ need to withdraw

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to and from Holy Island

How far is the route? The route is approximately 14 miles of running and up to 2 miles of sea swimming, 1.5 miles of which is an open sea leg from the mainland to Holy Island. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing. Sea distances may be affected by flows, tides and other factors.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? This one is a tough-y, make no mistake. But it’s in your grasp if you have some open-water experience and you are happy with running this distance, in a wetsuit.

Do I need to run on the foot stages? It is advised to keep a steady pace on the runs. That does not mean PB territory (hard in a wetsuit!) but a steady jog will set you in good stead to get the job done on the swims too, with plenty of times for the tidal window we have.

What type of terrain is it? The run is a mix of trail and quiet minor road, plus some lovely beach sections. There are one or two rocky bits too to access some of the short sea swims.

What if I don’t make it across the Open Sea Leg? If you miss the tidal window altogether or if we feel it is not safe to make the crossing, we will transfer you by boat. Similarly if you need assistance whilst on the leg, we will pick you up in the boat for onward transport.

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? Sort of, but don’t worry about it. We will provide a ‘track’ for you to follow on your phone or PDA device that you will be able to download before the trip starts 9for the long run bits which do not involve water). The route will not be hard to follow at all. If you can follow a standard satnav route, you’ll be fine! For the swims, the safety paddlers will advise on route and for the Open Sea Leg, we will have the boat in support in case you look to be going off course.

What if I get lost? Unlikely. But if you do get lost you can call our crew and they will put you back on track, either by talking you through it. Or by physically coming and getting you in the vehicle and plonking you back on route if it comes to that. But it won’t.

What if I get hurt? As above. You’ll be in phone reception for most of the so help will not be far away. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will only ever be a phone call away. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will come and get you. For the swim stages, you will have safety kayak support or powered boat support.

Where will we stay? That’s up to you but there are plenty of great options on Lindisfarne for after the Challenge. Here’s a handy link to start your search: www.lindisfarne.org.uk. The entire Northumberland coast is a treasure trove of great places to stay, castles galore and loads of stuff to hike and bike; so we’d encourage you to stay a while if you have the time. It’s a coast well worth exploring.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

When we get back to Lindisfarne after the Challenge, are we marooned until the next low tide? Yes. But that’s kind of the point. Swimming back to the island and being a stowaway until the tide recedes is all part of the magic of this format. But don’t worry, the tide times are all published and you will be able to plan your escape if you are a Landlubber dashing to get back to the mainland.

How do I get back to the mainland after the Challenge finishes? The route finishes on Lindisfarne. Once the all clear is given for the Causeway opening, you can drive yourself back across. Or we can take you over in our transport. Or wait until the morning and make your way back over a leisurely, fully breakfasted pace.