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  • Northside East

Ice mile challenge goes ahead

Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 7:59am
Ice mile challenge goes ahead

The Eastern Bay Ice Milers with Fergal Somerville and John Daly in the centre.

Ice mile challenge goes ahead

The Eastern Bay Ice Milers with Fergal Somerville and John Daly in the centre.

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THE venue may have changed at the 11th hour but the challenge didn’t get any easier for 13 hardy souls who took part in the seventh Eastern Bay Invitational International Ice Mile Swim. 

The event was due to take place at Lough Dan, County Wicklow, but had to be cancelled due to weather conditions which made getting access to the area difficult. 

After a series of phone calls over the a few hours from the organising team, the event did take place though, at Clontarf Baths. 

Fergal Somerville, from Beaumont, one of the organisers, told Northside People: “No traffic could get in or out of the mountain lake resort (Lough Dan). Without hesitation the event had to be cancelled. 

“However, Bobby Nolan of Clontarf Baths fame rescued the biggest ice mile event in the world after weather wiped out Wicklow.

“Bobby, Clontarf Swim Club member and Leinster Open Sea Committee member, moved quite a large mountain to ensure the event went ahead.”  

Each swimmer, wearing only togs, hat and goggles, was attempting to achieve the unique milestone of an international ice mile: swimming one mile in less than five degrees of water.

Three separate swims used the pool at Clontarf in consecutive waves. Of the 13 who started, 10 completed the mile. This marks 57 ice miles for Eastern Bay swimmers, the leading club/event of all ice miles. 

Ice swimming is an extreme sport and only top swimmers are invited to the event. Strict qualifying criteria are upheld including ECG and medical assessment.

Fergal Somerville said: “Judging by the reaction of swimmers and assistants this event will continue on into the future and it is likely that 100 ice miles (by Eastern Bay swimmers) will not be in the too distant future. 

“On the morning over €150 was raised for the RNLI – a charity close to all swimmers’ hearts. 

“I feel, even with the disruption to the schedule, there may just be more to come when the accounts are completed.“ Fergal thanked all those who helped out and Bobby Nolan for saving the event.

 

The Eastern Bay Ice Milers with Fergal Somerville and John Daly in the centre.

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