Tuesday 27 September 2016

Intrepid adventurers set to tackle epic 1,600km swim around the island of Ireland

Published 21/05/2015 | 08:00

David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,400KM taking 90-120 days around Ireland backed up by Philip Hatton and Leisha McPartland in aid of Gorta Self Help Africa and the RNLI.
David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,400KM taking 90-120 days around Ireland backed up by Philip Hatton and Leisha McPartland in aid of Gorta Self Help Africa and the RNLI.

Two Irish adventurers are set to take on the last great physical challenge in Ireland - a 1,600km swim around the entire island.

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David Burns and Maghnus Collins will attempt to be the first people to finish the mammoth expedition for charity next month.

If successful, it would also be the longest verifiable swim ever completed in the Atlantic.

The intrepid duo have previously completed  numerous man powered expeditions around the globe including a 250km run across the Sahara Desert, 25high altitude marathons in 26 days across the Tibetan Plateau, and Sand2Snow Adventures which raised in excess of €100,000 for charity

This time they will swim up to 12 hours per day in two six hour shifts, and aim to complete the challenge in just 100 days taking advantage of the slightly warmer summer water temperatures.

"Swimming as a means of covering long distances has been a largely unexplored field of human endurance and in attempting this circumnavigation we will be stepping somewhat into the unknown, this fact excites our whole team,” said David.

“We are proud of our adventuring track record and believe it was built on careful planning and dogged persistence.

"This will be our single greatest physical test and will hopefully conclude with an Irish team, supported by an Irish company completing the last great endurance challenge on this island."

David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,400KM taking 90-120 days around Ireland backed up by Philip Hatton and Leisha McPartland in aid of Gorta_Self Help Africa and the RNLI.
David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,400KM taking 90-120 days around Ireland backed up by Philip Hatton and Leisha McPartland in aid of Gorta_Self Help Africa and the RNLI.
David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,400KM taking 90-120 days around Ireland backed up by Philip Hatton and Leisha McPartland in aid of Gorta_Self Help Africa and the RNLI.

On June 1st the Costcutter Swim 360 Team – which includes Expedition Lead Phillip Hatton and In-water Support Leish McPartland - will begin the daunting expedition from Dublin, swimming clockwise and south along the east coast of Ireland.

Hyper weight loss -  up to 7,000 calories per day - and the constant threat of hypothermia will be just two of the obstacles facing the team, who aim to raise funds and awareness for their charity partners, the RNLI Lifeboats and Gorta Self Help Africa.

Magnus highlighted the difficulties that the team would face.

"Spending up to 12 hours in the water each day and through the night presents a significant issue in terms of maintaining a stable body temperature,” he added.

"Recent long distance open water swimming expeditions have experienced extraordinary difficulties with fat and muscle loss.

“A recent expedition saw the swimmer lose in excess of 35% of his bodyweight.”

The pair will also have to tackle the full strength of the Atlantic Ocean as they swim North along the West Coast, at times up to 25km offshore.

Expedition Lead Phillip Hatton said the success of this expedition will largely hinge on the teams ability to adapt to, and deal with,changeable weather and sea conditions, carefully balancing progress with safety.

“’Professionalism’ and ‘concentration’ are the buzzwords of the team who are now counting down the days until they pit themselves against the physical, mental and climactic battles that lay ahead on the waters surrounding this island,” he added.

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