Tuesday 20 February 2018

Brave warriors take to the sea

ONE of the country's toughest tests of athletic endurance.

A 6k open water sea swim from Rosses Point to Strandhill. A total of 193 brave participants started the 'Ocean FM Warrior of the Sea' on Saturday morning last.

At the finish, 190 returned-some enjoying outright success in the various categories-others just happy to complete the gruelling course.

Conditions weren't ideal.

A Southerly wind blew in to the Yacht Club prior to the 'off.

Swimmers were told to expect choppy conditions around Coney Island head. And, Race Director, Scott Reid, warned of jellyfish, particularly near Strandhill. Scott has seen the event grow from 26 swimmers in 2010.

He said: "The interest is amazing."

Swimmers from 7 different countries took part on Saturday.

In the wetsuit category, Matt McGarrigle from Ballyshannon, and now living in Sligo, led them home in 1.24.45.

The make skins winner was Gerard Curran of Enniskillen.

He finished in 1.34.02.

Second was Paul Colville, 1.43.03, with Luiz Guzman third in 1.45.31.

Sarah Browne was ladies skins winner in 1.50.52.

Rosin Kelly was second (2.17.39) and Corinna Nolan third in 2. 24.50.

The women's' wetsuit winner was Doireann Barnicle in 1.35.46, to finish 14th overall, with Clodagh Murray second in 1.35.54 and Emma Keane third in 1.42.37.

Scott said: "It was another great event.

"Conditions were somewhat difficult but we had 190 finishers."

Full results are available on RaceSplitter.

Sligo Champion

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