Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Provisional Date Set for 2012 Swim

Greetings all, we hope that you have all had a very successful season and are getting into your winter routines! We are delighted to announce that a provisional date has been set for the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim 2012. That date is Sunday, 1st July 2012. The location is the same as it has always been and more details are to follow regarding times, etc. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We are on the Daily News of Open-Water Swimming!

There is a short piece on our swim on the global open-water news network. Click here to see the article...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Results 2011

On Sunday, 17th July last, the annual Martin Duggan Memorial Swim was held on the Blackwater River at Fermoy. Despite unfavourable conditions, forty-two swimmers took part in this two kilometre freshwater race.

Of the forty-two swimmers, twenty wore wetsuits and a further twenty-two swam in their skin. Twenty-four of the forty-two swimmers were under the age of eighteen, making this the first ever competitive open-water swim in the Republic of Ireland where more than half of the participants were under eighteen, a far cry from the stereotypical image of the sport. There were twelve swimmers from New Zealand taking part in the race, also. The boys from Auckland Grammar School and their coach Graham Beaumont were on a tour of Ireland and the UK following their successful English Channel relay in early July.

The swim started ahead of time at three minutes to three in the afternoon. The fastest twenty started first, followed shortly by the remaining twenty-two swimmers. The first swimmer home was Freddie Bassett of Laser Mount Eden SC, Auckland, who finished in a time of 25:59.6. The Martin Duggan Memorial Shield for the Youngest Swimmer was awarded to Ruth Herlihy of Fermoy SC, who completed the two kilometre course, sans-wetsuit, aged just twelve years and sixty-seven days. Thanks to the Duggan Family for donating the prize.

The organisers would like to say a special thanks to Fermoy Rowing Club, Blackwater Sub-Aqua Club and Phoenix Kayak Club. Without the input of these three clubs, the event simply could not be held. We would also like to thanks Noel McCarthy, Carry Out off-license, who sponsored all of the cold drinks on the day. Huge thanks must also go to Jackie Power, our event referee, all of our timekeepers, turn judges, spotters and other volunteers who gave generously of their time. On behalf of the swimmers, we would like to thank all of those who slavishly made hundreds of sandwiches, baked and prepared teas and coffees for the afters of the swim. A final thanks to Fermoy Camera Club who documented the entire day for us, and provided the photo-finishes.

Full results can be seen here. Hopefully, we will have better weather and a few more spectators next year!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Directions to the swim...

From Cork:

1. Take M8 motorway for DUBLIN Baile Átha Cliath.

2. Once through the toll (€1.90 for a car), take Exit 15 (signposted R639 FERMOY Mainistir Fhear Maí).

3. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (signposted FERMOYMainistir Fhear Maí).

4. Once you come into the town, go straight through the crossroads at the traffic lights.

5. Take left lane onto Pearse Square (town centre) and then left again onto Ashe Quay (just before the bridge).

6. The Grand Hotel should be on your left and the Blackwater River should be on your right.

7. Take the first available parking space and walk the last 100m to the Rowing Club.

From Dublin:

1. Take M8 motorway for CORK Corcaigh.

2. Go past Exit 13 for MITCHELSTOWN Baile Mhistéala, take Exit 14(signposted R639 FERMOY Mainistir Fhear Maí).

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (signposted FERMOYMainistir Fhear Maí).

4. Go across the motorway and take the 1st exit off the roundabout (signposted FERMOY Mainistir Fhear Maí).

5. Halfway across the bridge in the town centre, signal right and turn onto Ashe Quay.

6. The Grand Hotel should be on your left and the Blackwater River should be on your right.

7. Take the first available parking space and walk the last 100m to the Rowing Club.

*Note: It's a Sunday so parking is free, as far as I know.

I would also strongly suggest car pooling as there will most likely be few spaces.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Reminder of Entry Requirements for 2011

I would just like to remind everyone of the entry requirements for all participants for this year's swim.

Firstly, you must be aged twelve years or older on the day of the swim to be eligible to enter. If you will be younger than eighteen years on the day of the swim and have entered online then you will need to complete the Parental Consent Form (available here) and return it ASAP. I would also like to stress the need for all participants, young and old, to be well prepared before getting into the water!

Also, because the swim is being insured by Swim Ireland, it is necessary that all participants are listed as "competitive" members of a Swim Ireland affiliated club. If you are unsure as to your membership status, please check with your club.

An exception to that rule, of course, applies to swimmers travelling from outside of Swim Ireland's jurisdiction. Such swimmers must be members of any club affiliated to the governing body of their country. For example, a swimmer travelling from England or Wales must be a member of the ASA in order to enter. When entering, these swimmers should enter the name of their governing body in place of the Swim Ireland number and enter their club name as they would normally do.

If anybody who wants to swim and is not a member of Swim Ireland, they can purchase summer membership if Sandycove Island Swim Club from Ned Denison at a cost of €15.00 for the season. Ned's e-mail address is for anyone that may need to contact him on this issue.

Unfortunately, membership of Triathlon Ireland does not cover you for the swim.

If anyone has any questions about the entry requirements or any other aspect of the swim please do not hesitate to contact me using any of the details below...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Entry Fees for 2011 Swim:

Entries for this year's swim will open on the ActiveGlobal website at midnight on Monday, 2nd May. The entry fees for this year's swim are as follows:

From 2nd May until 3rd July:     €15.00 for Under 18s;     €25.00 for 18s and over.

From 4th July until 14th July:     €25.00 for Under 18s;     €35.00 for 18s and over.