RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay Swim 2017

With 311 entries, this was by far the largest entry we have ever had for the swim.   Thanks again to everyone involved – to all of the volunteers, the RNLI, Coast Guard, Order of Malta, Funkytown, Gardai, Centra staff, Sea Scouts, Jimmy Long and local residents in Myrtleville and Church Bay.

Conditions were excellent and every swimmer completed the course in under an hour, which was fantastic.  Antoinette Wilson and Mark Neaves battled it out for the honour of getting first mention on this report but they were so nice to each other, we’ll give them both equal billing.

At the other end of the field, Amy Wolfe was determined to show Bernard Lynch she was actually doing some training, despite what he told her during the week.  Leading the field home shut him up on that one.  Well done, Ms. Wolfe.  

Lizzie Lee was the second lady home, transitioning back from Olympic marathon running!  Jenny Smith was the first lady home on togs.

Brian Desmond from Galway in a wetsuit led the men home with Trevor Malone and Ned Denison behind him knocking lumps off each other all the way to the finish.  There was no way to separate them, so they’re going to try again in the Lee Swim next Saturday 🙂

The youngest competitor was Mae Irwin, who swam with Angela Harris.  Well done, Mae!

Not be outdone by Angela, the oldest participant was Mr. Harris.  It wouldn’t be the same without him 🙂

Full results are available at this link

Siobhan Russell once again produced a brilliant photo record of the evening.

This year was our first chip timing and a floating finish.  Anne Sheehy gave us a new perspective on the swim with lots of pictures as swimmers hit the finish.  Well worth having a look through here.

Thanks again to everyone involved.

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