Glenbeg Lake, Ardgroom Swim

Brian O’Shea organised a new swim on the August Bank Holiday weekend in the deep West of West Cork, at Glenbeg lake, near Ardgroom.  It was a great day and a very welcome new addition to the swimming calendar.  Several Myrtleville Swimmers went on tour for the first event.  It’s a beautiful place and – I’m told locally – supplies the fresh water for most of the Beara peninsula.  Hope they treated it after we were in…

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Ardgroom Lake – August 4, 2013

Given that it was so far West, I had a vague hope that the real speedsters might stay away and give the plodders a chance for once.  No such luck – not with this crowd around:

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Owen, Gabor and Craig – three EC soloists, among other things – no prizes for plodders today

Even Ned Denison can’t keep up with some of them.  He was a bit put out after the race to be so far down the leaderboard (only third), so he claimed it just wasn’t long enough and that it wasn’t really 5k anyway – the face on him…

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Ned – not happy with that result.

Sam Russell and Denis Condon both did their longest swims yet – no mean feat in fresh water.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Sam Russell gets assistance at the finish…

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Denis Condon finishes a great swim in Ardgroom Lake.

A really enjoyable day – whether it was 5k or not – and one for next year again.  32 participants in the first event.  Well done, Brian and team.

Gabor made a very nice video on the day:

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