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Scilly pair complete 75km ÖTILLÖ Swimrun

Two Isles of Scilly residents have completed the gruelling 75km ÖTILLÖ Swimrun in Sweden, battling 'gale force winds and raging seas'.

Photo by Pierre Mangez

Wez Swain and Alison Stedeford travelled to Stockholm to take part in the 2017 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championships, billed as 'one of the toughest endurance races in the world'.

Some 148 pairs from 20 nations started Monday's event in what organisers described as 'some of the toughest race conditions ever seen in Stockholm archipelago'. 118 pairs crossed the finish line.

The teams had to swim between 26 islands, totalling 10km open water swimming and 65km trail running. The rules state that a team must not be more than 50m apart on land and 5m apart in water.

Wez and Alison finished the race in 13 hours, 5 minutes and 29 seconds.

Wez posted on social media yesterday (September 4th): "We made it! Thanks for the overwhelming support over the last few days... Amazing experience, daunting, beautiful, cold and often very scary but totally brilliant!"

Alison wrote: "Thanks to all of you for your good luck wishes and messages of support. Yesterday was a really tough adventure and certainly a day to remember and delighted to complete the course. 'Giving up' wasn't really an option with so much support from family and friends.

"Not sure I'm in any rush to swim in the Baltic Sea in 40mph winds again!! Strong currents and rocks as slippery as ice certainly made it interesting. With great team work from Wez Swain we got through some highs and lows!!

"Special thanks to all my family for putting up with 6 weeks of me stressing and fitting in training and of course looking after the children while I go off enjoying myself! I promise not to sign up for anything else (just yet!)."

Wez, from St Mary's, and Alison, from Bryher, began their ÖTILLÖ adventure by competing in the Isles of Scilly qualifying event in June.

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