Mates bringing SwimRun endurance event to Rotto

Mates bringing SwimRun endurance event to Rotto

FOUR western suburbs mates are bringing one of the hardest endurance events to WA.

Tim Macpherson, Angus Firth, Michael Taylor and Dan Paech will host Rottnest SwimRun on Saturday, April 1.

The endurance event that started in Sweden involves teams of two completing a 32km navigation of Rottnest alternating between swimming and running.

Macpherson competed with Paech in Uto SwimRun in Sweden in 2015 and since then the friends have worked on bringing the event to WA.

“We thought Rottnest was the perfect place for it,” Macpherson said.

“Uto is part of the Swedish archipelago so it’s similar to Rottnest but instead of being nine degrees in the water it’s 20 degrees.”

Firth said Rottnest SwimRun would showcase the island’s recently opened Wadjemup Trail with the 32km route following the trail.

He said swimming in shoes and running in wet clothes was one of the challenges of the team event.

Macpherson said the event was all about teammates looking out for each other and the rest of the competitors.

There will be 50 teams of two this year with plans to expand the field next year.

Volunteers are needed on the day. Visit www.rottnestswimrun.com.