Rocky Horror SwimRun | Short
Sat 9 Sep 2023 Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Rocky Horror SwimRun | Short

1 run leg and 2 swim legs totaling 8 miles is the short swimrun event of the Something Wild Festival, from the beautiful coastal venue of Hope Cove.

  • Sat 9 Sep 2023
Hope Cove, Kingsbridge

Rocky Horror SwimRun | Short



Age 16 & over

  • 1.4 miles sea swimming
  • 6.6 miles trail running


The Something Wild Festival has the stunning new venue of Hope Cove and the South West Coast path once again this year!

The trail races follow some of the favourite routes between Salcombe and Aveton Gifford, with Outer Hope Cove at the heart of the festival weekend.

With its own luscious camping field just a stone's throw from the idyllic Hope Cove, the shorter races are within view of the campsite, offering the perfect vantage point to spectators and family members.


  • An annual festival - now in its 10th year!
  • Wonderful new venue and new routes
  • Scenery of the Avon and Salcombe estuaries
  • Some of the best sections of the SW Coast Path
  • Full weekend itinerary, or event-only
  • Camping, music, local food and beer
  • Expert speakers line-up
  • Family-friendly with kids runs and forest schools
Something Wild Festival

This event is part of Something Wild Festival.

  • All fitness levels
  • Dogs allowed
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Swim hat provided
  • Teams
  • Traders at event
  • Wetsuit required

Weekend itinerary

Such a great value weekend with so much included! The 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra, SwimRuns and the Rock Hard Coast Sea Swim events may be booked separately and are at an additional cost. Everything else is included in your Weekend Festival ticket!


  • 15:00 | Festival opens
  • 17:00 | Event registration opens
  • 17:00 | Festival cafe and bar opens for the weekend (all diets catered for)
  • 18:00 | Guided evening run (for all ages and abilities including families) 
  • 19:00 | Evening with speakers begins + film night for kids in an adjacent tent
  • 21:00 | Guided night run (for all ages and abilities including families)
Listen to inspirational speakers whilst the children are entertained
LISTEN TO INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS children can have film night in an adjacent tent.


  • 09:00 | Event registration opens for 5K and 10K
  • 09:00 | Guided run and movement session with movement maestro, Jo Kelly
  • Morning yoga too
  • 10:00 | 5K and 10K runs start
  • 10:00 - 12:00 | Forest Schools
  • 10:00 | Event registration opens for SwimRuns and the Rock Hard Coast Swim (South Milton Beach)
  • 12:30 | Rock Hard Coast Sea Swim starts
  • 13:30 | SwimRuns start (short, medium, long)
  • 13:30 - 15:30 | Forest Schools
  • 16:00 | Kids races start in festival field (under 8s and 8-12 years)
  • 19:30 | Speakers evening at the Reading Rooms
  • 19:00 | Music, bar and campfires at the festival site in the festival tent
  • 21:00 | Live music
Kids races
Included with your weekend festival ticket!


  • 08:00 | Marathon and Ultra start
  • 10:00 | Half Marathon start
  • Forest Schools in the morning
  • Forest Schools in the afternoon
  • 17:30 | Presentation evening
  • 18:00 | Site closes


The Something Wild Festival is super family-friendly so come and make a weekend of it! There are plenty of activities throughout the weekend including kids races, forest schools, fun food and drinks bar, film night, outdoor yoga, walks, book swap, BBQ and Capture the Flag too!


There will be guided walks as part of your Weekend Festival ticket however you are also welcome to walk the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon events.


Well-behaved dogs on leads are allowed and you can also run with your dog on a harness as per canicross rules of the Trail Running Association.

Speakers line-up

2023 speakers line-up has now been finalised and includes:

  • Jo Meek

    Jo enjoys racing all over the world, selected to run for GB in the World Trail champs (her best is 7th) and in the 100km champs (her best is 4th).
    Jo is a crazy ultra runner….on roads, in the mountains, through deserts and on trails. She has been a runner for a long time working hard towards her goals. She is also a passionate physiotherapist. Her working week is split in two; self employed in Exeter and employed by the English Institute of Sport in Bath treating funded athletes on their journey to Tokyo. In her spare time she can be found on Dartmoor, baking and drinking gin…not necessarily in that order!

  • Kari Fure

    An artist who focuses on form and the process of movement in water, specialising in open water swimming.

  • Jo Kelly

    Jo has been working with runners and many other athletes for over 20 years, developing his understanding of human movement and locomotion.
    He believes movement freedom is the ultimate aim of any training programme, which should give us the tools to become our own coach in our chosen sport. Jo has appeared in several best seller books on running.

  • Accommodation
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Coast
  • Entertainment
  • Free parking
  • Music
  • Rural
  • Showers
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Hope Cove

Festival site

The farmer has kindly given access to his fields, overlooking the idyllic Hope Cove, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better location to wake up to in the south west. It is close to ideal swimming spots in Hope Cove, East Soar and Bantham Bay.

This year, there will be a camp village and festival village, which will be clearly separated to allow flow and easy access and there'll be two lovely venues for the speakers evening!

Stunning sea views


The campsite is suitable for up to 50 tents, parking and camper vans, as well as and serving as the base for all the trail events, which is an ideal vantage point for spectators.

This year there will be extra toilet facilities and basic shower facilities.

Other accommodation

If camping isn’t your thing, there are plenty of Air BNB places around Hope Cove and the South Hams. Burton Farm is perhaps the nearest, as the farmer owns the festival fields. It’s a charming restored 15th century farmhouse, set among 325 acres.


Parking is available at the campsite for £5.

  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • No cut off time
  • Out and back
  • Single start
  • Way markers

Kit check

There will be a mandatory equipment check at registration and here's the kit list. If participating as a pair, some items are one per pair:

  • Wetsuit/tri suit/swimrun suit (suitable for water temperature of minimum 14 degrees C)
  • Pair goggles
  • Off road trainers
  • Whistle
  • Hydration system, soft bottle or cup
  • Tow buoy (one per pair or one for solos)
  • Emergency food
  • £20 in sealed bag
  • Swim cap (provided)
  • Race chip/tracker (provided)
  • Extra emergency food (strongly recommended)
  • Mobile phone in waterproof case (strongly recommended)



  • Bring your own cup
  • Plastic bottle free
  • Recycling

  • Chip timing
  • Medal


  • Tag RFID mat timing
  • Finishers medal
  • Branded swim cap
  • Professional water safety team
  • Marked route
  • GPX files
  • Feed stations
  • Marshals
  • Prizes
  • Toilets
  • Parking (there may be a small fee for parking at festival site)
  • Opportunity to access the festival
  • Festival cafe and bar


Not Included

  • Camping (optional extra)

  • Age 16 & over
  • 50 places
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online

I thoroughly enjoyed this whole weekend experience, adding in wild camping was a plus. I went with my two children who could stay in the forest school sessions arranged while I was out running! They loved it. I did the 10k run which was stunning along the coastline and back through lanes and over fields. Very community good-feel event with a fire pit and music on one evening. Highly recommend. My kids want to go back next year! (Maria Wilhelmsson)


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