Swim­mers help out lo­cal RNLI

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

SOME 130 swim­mers took to the wa­ters on Sun­day as part of the Le­in­ster Open Sea swim­ming sched­ule.

This was the third year run­ning the event was held for Wick­low RNLI, with €4,200 raised over the pre­vi­ous two years.

The pris­tine wa­ters of Wick­low Bay and the fin­ish at the iconic Black Cas­tle on Trav­e­la­hawk Beach makes the event one of the most pop­u­lar races on the Le­in­ster Open Sea Cal­en­dar.

Most of these par­tic­i­pat­ing swim­mers had com­peted in the Jones En­gi­neer­ing Dublin Lif­fey Swim held the pre­vi­ous week­end in Dublin City Cen­tre.

The race also dif­fers from the usual Le­in­ster Open races in that it also in­cludes a wet-suit race.

The start­ing point was north of the Mon­key Pole and could be viewed from the prom­e­nade. Crowds also gath­ered at the Lighthouse at the Old Pier to get a spec­tac­u­lar view of the swim­mers all bunched to­gether with only 400m to go.

Scott Mor­ton en­joyed vic­tory on home turf with a clock time of 35:21.

He kept just ahead of Gle­nal­byn Mas­ter’s Court­ney McDermott who fin­ished on 35:27.

In third place was Rene Kral of Sandy­cove with a time of 36:08, fol­lowed by Brian Nolan of Clon­tarf in fourth with a time of 36:50.

Brian McLou­ugh­lin of Half Moon Club was fifth on 37:28, while fin­ish­ing sixth was Barry Mur­phy of NAC Masters with a time of 37:31.

Neil Mur­phy was sev­enth and the NAC Masters mem­bers had a time of 37:41.

Linda Clarke of Gle­nal­byn Masters was the first woman over the fin­ish­ing line with a time of 37:42. Sab­rina Wide­mer of East­ern Bay wasn’t far be­hind on 37:46. Orla Walsh had as time of 38:05.

Mon­ica Coll of Tem­pleogue fin­ished on 40:45, while fel­low Tem­pleogue club-mate Bron­agh Carey had a fin­ish­ing time of 41:12.

Eoin Caffney from Le­in­ster Open Sea, Kathleen Cow­drey from Wick­low Swim­ming Club and Bren­dan Copeland.

Ail­ish Carthy and Lisa Carthy.

Shay Jame­son and Elaine Noble.

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