RNLI Courtmacsherry Open Water Swim 2013

RNLI Courtmacsherry Open Water Swim 2013
Write-up by Ray McArdle, Swim Organiser

The third annual Courtmacsherry swim took place on September 28th outside Courtmacsherry hotel.  This was due to adverse weather conditions on Blind Strand.

Swimmers Before StartSwimmers before start

The swim had a 1.5K option (1 lap) or a 3K option (2 laps), with 53 of the 79 swimmers taking the longer option.  The swimmers had to exit the water at the end of lap 1 and run a short distance on the beach prior to starting lap 2.

The swim was supported by 8 kayakers and I’d like to thank each of them.  John Crotty, Annalise Dressel, Dorothy Grimes, Cian Walsh, Cath Russell, David and Kev.  Thanks also to Colin Cashman, Seamus and Mairead Barry and the lifeboat crew for the boat support. The rowing club for allowing us to use their markers. Carol Cashell and Dave Maxwell on time keeping. Lisa Cummins and Finola Roycroft on registration and Olan and Barry for parking. I’d also like to thank Ken Cashman for all the work he did in helping me organise this including liaising with the lifeboat crew, sorting out the markers and organizing boat support. Big thanks also to Derek Van Der Byl for the photos. You can see all 224 here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0oif27mssb4nthi/9WulNEwHVP.

Swim StartSwim start

The pier at CourtmacsherryThe pier at Courtmacsherry

After the swim the RNLI volunteers had prepared warm welcoming soup and sandwiches for the swimmers (which they devoured). We also were provided with the most delicious cupcakes by some swimmers/bakers.  Excellent treats all around.

First swimmer home for the 3K was Ethan O’Brien who won by a colossal 8 minutes!

Ethan cruising after lap 1

For the majority of swimmers it was a fun day out and an opportunity to test themselves in a 1.5K or 3K distance swim.  All swimmers received a swim hat from our sponsor Trend Micro. Well done to all.

Swim hats

Of course, for some there is a competitive element.  The winner of each category, received a domed cap from our sponsor.  Below are the category winners and the full lists of results.

  Men Women Men Suits Women Suits
1.5K Ned Irwin Anne Hennessy Connell O’Herlihy Niamh Monoley
3K Ned Denison Roisin Lewis Aaron O’Brien Eleanor Courtney

1.5K Swim Results

Number

Name

M/F

Togs/Wetsuit

Time

120

Connell O’Herlihy

M

W

18.43

327

Niamh Moloney

F

W

20.31

101

Orla Houlihan

F

W

20.43

121

Nathan Holding

M

W

20.53

126

Ned Irwin

M

T

22.03

113

Sarah Twomey

F

W

23.06

124

Declan McCarthy

M

W

23.56

119

Tom O’Herlihy

M

W

24.57

108

Michael Fogarty

M

W

25.30

111

Ros O’Brien

F

W

27.17

104

Tom McCarthy

M

T

27.33

317

Wendy O’Leary

F

W

28.52

116

Ken Cashman

M

T

29.20

118

Anne Hennessy

F

W

30.45

112

Denis Condon

M

W

31.25

106

Mike Harris

M

T

31.30

127

Michael Kilcully

M

W

32.10

110

Anne Sheehy

F

W

32.14

115

Jim Burns

M

W

33.18

105

Colm Lehane

M

W

33.38

117

Paul Barry

M

W

35.51

109

Aisling Barry

F

T

37.27

107

Angela Harris

F

T

37.39

103

Joe Cashman

M

T

38.46

351

Patrick Desmond

M

T

45.40

3K Swim Results

Number

Name

M/F

Togs/Wetsuit

Time

339

Ethan O’Brien

M

W

31.47

325

Ned Denison

M

T

38.59

343

Eddie Irwin

M

T

39.31

333

Adrian Healy

M

W

39.57

342

Brian O’Shea

M

W

40.04

312

Thomas Neville

M

W

40.15

301

Eleanor Courtney

F

W

43.21

329

Craig Morrisson

M

T

44.15

344

Rob Bohane

M

T

46.06

322

Caimin Crowley

M

W

46.19

326

David O’Leary

M

W

46.42

324

Paul Herlihy

M

W

46.52

114

Eilish Wilcox

F

W

47.04

321

Bebhinn Crowley

F

W

47.09

334

Jean Luc Morales

M

W

47.19

331

Fergus Galvin

M

W

47.20

335

Sean Keohane

M

W

47.38

346

Mark Nolan

M

W

47.53

309

Mona Sexton

F

W

48.03

129

Roy McKnight

M

W

48.27

308

Declan O’Keeffe

M

T

48.29

341

David Pegler

M

W

48.39

313

Gary Quin

M

W

49.07

340

Gordan Adair

M

W

49.44

123

Bridgit Lehane

F

W

49.58

303

Louise Dunne

F

W

50.25

345

Riana Parsons

F

W

50.29

310

Aidan O’Herlihy

M

T

50.34

349

Cyril Desmond

M

W

51.23

347

Kieran Doyle

M

W

51.36

323

David Dineen

M

W

51.49

311

Dave Mulcahy

M

T

51.51

328

Der Moloney

M

W

52.16

304

Mark McGarry

M

W

52.18

302

Sonya Palmer

F

W

53.08

315

Sally Cudmore

F

W

53.36

338

Mike Sullivan

M

W

54.00

348

Jane O’Toole

F

W

54.29

350

Brian Harrington

M

W

55.30

314

Tony Archer

M

T

55.41

318

Sevy McCullagh

M

T

57.44

330

Roisin Lewis

F

T

58.50

336

Keith Hyde

M

W

58.52

307

Adam Blaiklock

M

W

59.53

332

Shane O’Donovan

M

W

1.00.01

320

Manu Nadal

M

W

1.00.15

316

Ruth McSweeney

F

W

1.01.35

306

Aidan Mangan

M

W

1.02.05

337

Conor Mannion

M

W

1.02.48

102

Maeve Mulcahy

F

T

1.05.54

125

Nora Irwin

F

T

1.06.40

305

Kieran Callinan

M

W

1.07.04

319

Noel Quin

M

W

1.08.40

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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