Two men from Caversham took part in a new type of endurance race in the Scilly
Two men from Caversham took part in a new type of endurance race in the Scilly Isles, writes Ian Lowry. James Wilkinson and Nic Lowry, who are both Shiplake College pupils, had to complete 40km, a quarter of it in the sea. The aim was to cover a defined course across and between the islands of St Mary’s, St. Martin’s, Tresco and Bryher. There were nine swimming legs with tide, wind and swell making it a real challenge, even for strong swimmers. The Swim run race was heavily oversubscribed with entries from 15 countires. Despite the difficult challenge, all but five of the 75 teams that started maneged to finish. Swimrun, which was contrived in Sweden in 2002, is growing in popularity. Nic Lowry tried it in Sweden last year and was immediately converted and then convinced James to team up with him for this race in the Scilly Isles. Now both hope to enter other world championship qualifying races. James recently completed an MBA at the Henley Business School and is a group manager in the computer industry. Nic is a qualified chartered surveyor and is in the investment and acquisition team of a private equity, real estate company.