Thomond Swim 2015 took place on Saturday 25th of July at 12:45. The annual swim is attracting an increasing number of participants and this year, even with other open water events in Cork, Fermoy and Galway over 80 swimmers took to the water.
The swim started from the slipway at St Michael’s Rowing Club and proceeded up the river Shannon to a turning point just below Thomond Bridge. Competitors then swam down river past King John’s Castle, the Civic offices, Shannon Rowing Club before finishing back at St Michael’ s Rowing Club. To view the route details you can click here.
The boardwalk along the full extent of the 1800m course afforded the spectators an excellent viewing platform. Growing local interest in the event was reflected in the largest turnout of spectators since the swim was re-introduced some seven years ago. It is estimated that up to 1000 people watched the event.
The prizes were presented in the recently renovated Shannon Boat Club clubhouse by the Mayor of Limerick, Michael Sheehan, who also started the race. Veteran Brian O’Dwyer cruised to victory in the men’s event with last year’s winner Adam Lynch of Phoenix, taking a very creditable second place. The only solace on the day for the organizing club, Limerick Masters, was that Philip Brady came in third place.
A full table of results of the swim can be found here.
The increasing status of the event was recognised by the inclusion of SI high performance and development squad members based in The Arena in UL and the attendance of Lars Hummer the HP coach at the race. Not surprisingly the fastest male and female swimmers went to development squad members. The male award went to Chris Bryan, who competes in the European Open Water Championships in Berlin on 14th August. One of the youngest swimmers, Shona Hickey, who was competing in an open water event for the first time, won the women’s fastest swimmer award.
Through the sponsorship of Shannon Port Foynes Company and safety support of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, swimmers of all ages from 16 upwards competed for first, second and third place non wetsuit male and female prizes, first wetsuit male and female and fastest overall male and female swimmers.
Read more about the annual Thomond Swim here.
Photos by David Woodland Photography for I Love Limerick. All Rights Reserved.