Lough Gill Hospice Swim 2012

Yesterday was the Lough Gill Hospice Swim. 57 brave souls took to the water at Parkes Castle, Leitrim and swam 10km to reach Doorly Park, Sligo. All in aid of North West Hospice.

The event is the brain child of Paul McGarry (on the left of this photo). Paul sadly lost his nephew Neil McGarry to cancer. The excellent care he received at the NW Hospice inspired Paul to organise a fundraiser for the hospice. The primary purpose of the swim is to raise much-needed funds for NW Hospice, Sligo. Last year they raised over
€11,000. It also acts as the ILSDA Connaught 10km championships.

Robert Smith on the left of this photo was the first swimmer home in the amazing time of 2 hours 6 minutes. This was a photo of him before he took to the water.

It was a great site to see all the swimmers and kayakers take to the water. They all did an amazing job.

There were dancing fish to welcome the swimmers when they got to Doorly Park. Also a great crowd turned out and the sun was shining. All in all it was a brilliant event.

I have to say a big thank you to Ita and Ciara. Ita (who was filming the event)  I knew from twitter but had never met and Ciara (the official photographer) who I didn’t know until yesterday. They were both so friendly and welcoming and didn’t mind me getting in their way. Also well done to the organisers and all who took part, there was a lovely atmosphere. The rest of my photos are here.

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