Swilly Swimmers raised more than €1,000 for iCARE

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THE SWILLY swimmers raised more than one thousand euro for a local charity after taking part in their annual swim from Rathmulllan to Buncrana.

The swimmers braved the waters of Lough Swilly at the end of August to raise money for iCARE and the RNLI

The long established swim took place on August 30, after it was postponed for two weeks due to poor weather conditions.

A spokesperson for the group said the swimmers were in training from early May at Ned’s Point twice a week to build up their fitness and to familiarise themselves with the waters.

“No two days in the water are the same, tide, wind, undertow, current and recent rain all affect the conditions and the water must be treated with the greatest of respect. “Many swim in wetsuits but about a third swim in ‘skins’ i.e. in swimsuits only.

“This creates a further challenge as there isn’t the added buoyancy given by the wetsuit and there is no opportunity to take a rest in the water as you cool down instantly!”

The group spokesperson said even training during the summer proved challenging.

“This summer’s training proved challenging on many occasions, while July was a beautiful month, the apparent calm conditions hid some strong water. August brought persistent wet weather and very stormy seas,” he added.

“However, the mix of conditions provides great training and the swimmers increase their knowledge and swimming ability.”

The Swilly Swimmers praised local groups who participate in the event such as Inish Adventures, RNLI, Met Eireann and the boatmen who are on hand in case of any mishap and some navigational assistance at times.

He said the swim couldn’t take place without the assistance and help throughout the day.