The Great Fjord Swim took place in Killary Fjord last month. Now in its eighth year, it drew 1,200 registered competitors – making it the biggest swimming event in Ireland. And despite the time of year there were some hardy people who completed the swim in skins (without a wetsuit!).
Ciara Young, marketing director of Gaelforce said: ‘We saw people who started with the 750M distance coming back this year to take on the 2km or 3.9km [challenge] – it is great to see the progression of people and the growth in popularity of the sport. ‘
The 3.9KM race was won by Kristian Ranghøj from Denmark in a time of 00:52:22 and the first woman across the line was Therese Corry from Swords, Dublin, in a time of 00:56:46. The 2KM race saw competitors brought to the start line by boat where they jumped off to swim the 2km course home. The 2KM was won Ciara Doran from Gort, Galway in a time of 00:38:11 swimming in skins followed by the first man over the line Declan Davoren from Castlebar, Mayo in a time of 00:38:39.
The 750M was won by Ciaran Whelan from Mullingar, Westmeath, in a time of 00:15:15 and the first woman across the line was Eileen O’Malley from Claremorris, Mayo, in 00:18:59.