2014 Race review and photos.

 

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Participants for RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay 2014

Thanks to Siobhan Russell for capturing the day – we are so lucky to have her involved. All of the photos are online here.

The event went off very successfully and €1,270 was raised for the RNLI.  Our thanks again to all of the volunteers, the RNLI, Coast Guard, Gardaí, Funkytown and many individuals who helped with boats, kayaking, course marking, registration, van loading and – the hard bit – unloading, timekeeping, results preparation etc.  It’s easy to run an event when there are so many willing helpers.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Anne Sheehy sent on a short video of the start, capturing – amongst other things – Liam Maher dancing happily into the water (wasn’t dancing at the end…) and Mr. Craughwell having to be hunted back into the water by the Safety Officer.

98 swimmers started, with 97 completing the course in good swimmable conditions, but certainly not easy.  All finishers were under a very creditable 53 minutes.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Just some of the Safety Armada waiting for the start.

We had a fantastic race for first place, with Gerard Mangan just pipping Ned Denison by a couple of seconds.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Gerard Mangan just ahead of Ned Denison at the finish.

Brian O’Shea took third place, just ahead of Sham Riordan.  Orla Houlihan took the honours in the women’s race, coming home ahead of two visitors – Adrienn Ver from Hungary and Andrea Newport from Limerick.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Gerard Mangan – 1st overall.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Ned Denison – 2nd overall.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Brian O’Shea – 3rd overall.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Andrea Houlihan, on behalf of Orla! – first lady.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Adrienn Ver – 2nd Lady.

 

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Andrea Newport – 3rd Lady.

There were fantastic performances right through the field, with personal bests being set and first-time swims completed for many swimmers.  Looking forward to 2015 already!

That’s the official race report completed.  You can expect an alternative view on the event in another post later in the week.  With so many pictures and sub-plots to the day, I hardly know where to begin.

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RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay swim 2014 – Results

Here are the results from the Myrtleville Jury…..

RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay 2014 Swim Results

We hope everyone had a great day.  Thank you to all participants and the many volunteers for helping to raise money for the RNLI.  That is what it’s all about.  Enjoy the night – you’ve earned it!

Bernard Lynch & Damian O’Neill

RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay swim: Entrant information

Entries now closed.  See you all for registration from 15.45 – 16.45 tomorrow.

For participants, please read the PDF below.  Important information is included on the first page.  Directions to Myrtleville and to Church Bay are also provided.  This PDF has been emailed to all participants as at 12pm on Friday, June 27.  Later entrants will not receive an email and must download it from the link below.

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2014 – Participant Information

Please do not block entrances to homes or access to roadways in either Myrtleville or in Church Bay.  Park carefully and with consideration for residents.

Swimmers take to the water at the start of the annual RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim recently. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Swimmers take to the water at the start of the 2013 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Good luck. Well done.

Down for a pre-travel swim on Tuesday morning, Carol Cashell and Rob Bohane – who are heading for Florida and Jersey for big swims – were joined by Eddie Irwin, who is going to Limerick for the day soon.  Good luck, Eddie!  Mind yourself in that place. The other two should be safe enough.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Carol and Rob are heading out foreign for big swims. Eddie’s going to Limerick. Up the Rebels.

Well done to the five Myrtlevillains who competed in the 5km Monte Cristo Challenge in France at the weekend – Fiona Gough, Rosaleen McKeown, Tim Smyth, Keith McKeown and Andrew Gough.  They had The Hat with them, but it seems to have gone lazing by the pool.

Hat Monte Cristo

Or, it may simply have been tired after its visit to Spain for the coronation of the new King – VIP class, of course.

Crown for the new King.

Crown for the new King.

Monday night, Tuesday morning

We’re struggling on bravely in the heat of the sea – some watches reaching 19.5c in the last couple of days, but at least 18c all the time.  Sweatin’ lads, Sweatin’.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Brian, Nigel, Niamh, Ornaith, Martin, Richard & Isa. Sunny Monday night.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Ber & Tom – on the Riviera.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

“Second shift line up for photos.  First shift – get in the water!”  Siobhan marshals the troops from behind the lens.

A small group enjoyed Monday evening so much, they arrived for the sunrise this morning.  Dawn swim – a beautiful start to the day.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Over eighty entries for Saturday now, but still plenty of room so enter now, if you’re ready for it.  Swim Safe.

Dealing with the heat.

As swimmers flock back to the pool – to cool down from the heat in the sea – we’re preparing for the RNLI Myrtleville – Church Bay swim next Saturday.  The sea is simply too hot, so we’ve brought in equipment to cool things down to acceptable Irish levels.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Getting to grips with the new equipment for Myrtleville Beach.

Of course, it’s not easy to get it right.  Some of the settings were a bit high the first time we brought it down to the beach for a test run.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Some casualties when we were trying out the machine.

Hopefully we’ll have it sorted by next Saturday.   Get your entries in anyway!

RNLI Myrtleville – Church Bay swim 2014: Entries Reminder

Just a week to go to the RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim on Saturday 28th, June at 5.30pm.

Entry fee is €15, payable on the evening and donated to Crosshaven RNLI, but you must have submitted your entry online.  Entries will be taken up to Friday night, June 27th.

Anyone who is not swimming and could kayak as support, please contact Bernard Lynch: lynchcrosshaven @ centra.ie.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Swimmers pass the safety boats at the start of their 2km Open Water Swim from Myrtleville to Church Bay. Picture: Howard Crowdy.