Thanks to Siobhan Russell for her fantastic work, as always. For those of you who may not have access to these on Facebook, click on the link to see all the photos from the night:
RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay 2018 Photos
Here’s a picture of the winner, Neddie Irwin.
Neddie Irwin with Gary Heslin, RNLI and Bernard Lynch
Oh wait, that’s an old one. That was 2013 when he did it in 33.22 and finished 18th – the youngest swimmer in the event. He knocked a bit off that time this year to 22.15. He must have done a bit of training for the past five years. And stretching.
Roll on 2019. Hopefully without any wind-enforced postponements.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped and the sponsors – the RNLI, Coast Guard, Gardai, Order of Malta, Funkytown, Sports Timing, Port of Cork, Centra Crosshaven, Cronin’s Pub, The Edge Sports, Happy Pear and numerous fantastic individuals without whom nothing could run. All of your time and efforts are greatly appreciated. Thanks to you all.
From Ray McArdle:
The 8th Annual Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim takes place at Blind Strand, near the picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry at 2.00pm on Saturday, July 21st. Courtmacsherry is a 45 minute drive from the Bandon Road roundabout. The swim will be well sign posted from the village. Please leave plenty of time for parking and registration. The safety briefing will take place at 1.30pm.
The swim course starts on the beach at Blind Strand and proceeds anti-clockwise around 2 markers.
Participants can choose between 1 lap(1.5K) or 2 laps(3K). Swimmers who elect to do 2 laps will run/walk a short distance on the beach prior to starting lap 2.
The Courtmacsherry volunteers will provide soup and sandwiches for all participants and volunteers. This year I am delighted to announce that IT@Cork Skillnet will continue to be our sponsors for the event. IT@Cork Skillnet will be providing the first 200 swimmers registered with a generous goody bag. Really nice gifts inside each one.
We have also secured the improved parking again this year.
Registration this year is again via Active – just click here – and closes on Thursday, July 19th at 11.00pm. Entry fee is €15 online. If the event maximum of 250 swimmers is not met, I will accept some entries on the day. On the day fee will be €25 and all proceeds go to the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat. Swim Ireland membership is not mandatory for this swim.
If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer to kayak, please have them contact me directly.
Any further updates will be posted on the event web page on Facebook and emailed to those registered.
I look forward to seeing you for a fun swim on July 21st.
All entries from Tuesday’s swim still stand. Thanks to those who have advised they can’t make the rescheduled event tonight. We hope to see you next year!
All entrants will receive an email this morning with the participant information. It is posted here also for convenience – just click the link.
Rescheduled RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2018 – Participant Information
Green for Go – Registration from 18.00 this evening, Thursday, July 5th.
The forecast is looking good. Time to make sure you’re in. There are about 40 places left and they’re moving fast.
Get in now: enter now online on Active.
Don’t end up loitering on the beach shouting “anyone selling a ticket???” or with one of those “genuine swimmer seeks ticket” signs. They’re really sad. Get entered. Don’t be at the mercy of the touts. Especially since there are NO entries on the night and NO transferring places. Don’t be fooled 🙂
Entries close at 13.00 on MONDAY, JULY 2nd OR WHEN WE REACH 300 IF THAT’S SOONER.
We need volunteers to help on the night of the swim with between 200-300 participants expected. We’ll need help with parking, stewards, beach cleaning, registration, gear loading and unloading, timing chip collection etc. We would appreciate if anyone not swimming in the event would give up some time to assist on the night. Please let Damian O’Neill or Bernard Lynch know if you are available or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denis and Noreen are very clear on the number of good reasons why you should not volunteer if you’re not swimming. A big zero!
If you’re going to swim and haven’t done so Get entered now on Active. No entries allowed on the night.
A maximum of 300 entries are going to be accepted for the swim on July 3rd.
We are currently heading past 200 (lots of people were busy at the weekend 🙂 ) so while there’s still space, it will disappear as the weather improves. If you’re planning to swim – enter early.
Entries online via Active only. Enter here.
We can’t promise there will be dolphins that evening, but they’re available as training partners in Myrtleville at the moment – as caught by Siobhan Russell yesterday.
The Myrtleville Showers barbershop quartet, led by Antoinette “Madonna” Wilson will also be performing on the evening. Not to be missed.
Get entered if you don’t want to miss out.
This year is going to be bigger and better than ever. If you’re going to be ready, get entered now on Active.
I can Absolutely say that we’re going One Step Beyond this year, with our evening swim at 7. Despite The Rise and Fall of the tide and The Madness of cold water swimming, we Keep Moving with our Wonderful event. Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da it is true – the other swims just Can’t Touch Us Now. We may be Mad (or) Not Mad but Myrtleville is definitely the place to be on July 3rd. Get your qualifying swims done – we don’t want any of The Dangermen taking a chance. As ever, there will be fun and spot prizes – but I don’t think we’ll be able to offer The Liberty of Norton Folgate as one of them.
I know, I’m really reaching with that last line, but seriously – you try to fit that into any ordinary sentence. It was hard enough to put in the other 11 albums.
With almost 40 years of thanks to Mike, Suggs, Lee, Mark, Chas, Woodie, Chris and – of course – Prince Buster. http://www.madness.co.uk/