GaddinAbtGarnish 2011

Garnish Island Swim, Glengarriff, Sept 10th, 2011
Write-up by Ossi Schmidt and Imelda Lynch, Swim Organisers

Sunday the 11th September was a dismal day overall. Phonecalls came from the City – is the swim going ahead? – but the sun was shining in Glengarriff – then at least – and the ferocious south westerly wasn’t even touching the south shore of the island. Yes the swim went ahead!

Garnish Island

We made up the maximum 70 entries by the time registration closed on Sunday. This was really fantastic and beyond our wildest expectations. On the day 59 swimmers took the plunge, with 20 entries for the 5k, 34 for the 3k and 5 for the 1k options.

Swimmers before the start of the swim

It was a bit lumpy on the outside and more so on the 2nd lap, but nothing that would have caused any serious misgivings to swimmers or Safety crews. Pádraig Leahy, kayaker, suggested  to 2 newcomers from Skibbereen to turn back at corner 1 because they had already seriously fallen behind and they had no problem with it. In fact the photo shows them in a jubilant mood on their return.
One of the features of the ‘Gadd’ was that a lot of new faces were spotted trying their hand at OWS and longer distances than ever before. Right now I can only single out 2 people: Barry Griffin, who braved failing light, torrential rains and sore arms to finish the 5k and Josh McMahon, our youngest entrant with an excellent 5k, finishing neck and neck with Gabor Molnar, our adopted Hun.
This was meant to be a participatory swim. That meant we didn’t check if people swam the course as suggested to reach the full distance. No matter! 2 of course couldn’t resist the temptation to race it and – drew blood.
Imelda and I would like to thank everybody who took part, supported, collected for Cork ARC and made sure we were safe. At this stage the total for Cork ARC Cancer Support House exceeds € 1,000, with more to come in. A massive THANK YOU to all.

Swim Results by Distance and Swim Time
(probably not 100% accurate due to very wet recording conditions)

1k Results
Surname First Name Swim Time
O’Sullivan Jamie 17.19
Power Ann Marie 19.19
Mc Dwyer Helen 20.30
Barry Evelyn 28.40
O’Sullivan Eileen 34.36
3k Fore-shortend Results
Surname First Name Swim Time
Nealon Marian 35.40
Hurley Micheal 35.40
3k Results
Surname First Name Swim Time
Walsh Fionnuala 51.33
Spoerri Dieter 52.55
Boyden Owen 53.36
Hourihane Liadha 53.37
Kelleher Paul 53.55
Merritt Denis 54.23
Whyte Robert 57.03
Kelly Paul 1:00.59
O’Callaghan Maura 1:00.59
Sexton Brian 1:00.59
Buckley Mags 1:01.18
Power Conor 1:01.22
Bohane Martin 1:02.00
O’Brien Paul 1:02.00
O’Keeffe Eileen 1:02.00
Moore Eleanor 1:02.30
O’Brien Charles 1:02.30
Howard Sandra 1:03.25
Harris Michael 1:03.32
Mulcahy Dave 1:03.32
Wrixon Robbie 1:04.52
Ní Néill Sinéad 1:07.18
Fitzgibbon Diarmuid 1:07.35
Wrixon Séan 1:07.35
Kingston Eddie 1:07.55
O’Shea Geraldine 1:09.14
Harte Ken 1:09.28
Harty Roger 1:12.27
O’Regan Maria 1:13.54
O’Regan Séan 1:13.54
Mullally Anna Maria 1:15.51
Heskin Sinéad 1:22.21
Carew John 1:23.24
O’Sullivan Kieran 1:28.21
5k Results
Surname First Name Swim Time
Cashell Carol 1:11.00
Denison Ned 1:11.00
O’Keefe Owen 1:19.59
Mc Mahon Josh 1:20.48
Molnar Gabor 1:20.48
Maher Liam 1:25.51
Bohane Rob 1:25.51
Foley Michael 1:31.14
Byrne Ciaran 1:31.20
Black Steven 1:32.57
Casey Paraic 1:33.47
Merriman David 1:35.15
Collins Carmel 1:35.37
Harrington Tadhg 1:35.56
Parsons Riana 1:37.06
Riley Erin 1:37.48
Hedderman Finbarr 1:41.57
Griffin Barry 2:18.23
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