Distance Championship 17 km & The National Championship 17 km (Swim
Fermangh Northern Ireland to Enniskillen Lakeland Forum Northern Ireland
The Erne system comprises the Upper Lough, the Lower Lough and approximately 12km of river joining the two Loughs.
The location in all it’s beauty offers the Irish Championship at 17km Open Water Swim.
It is the longest Open Water swim on the Irish Swim Calendar and as well as acting a huge and significant goal in the championship it has acted as a stepping stone for the longer events such as the English Channel and beyond.
Fresh Water swimming is on the up in Ireland and this race attracts participants for far and wide, where the country is surrounded by challenging water and coastline the inland waterways have a equal challenge to its swimmers.
The lake in its nature is quite challenging and the temperatures vary at 14deg upwards but the freshwater is very dependant on the climate as the water running off the land can really affect the water temperature. Fine weather can equally increase the temperature.
The Irish Record is held by Colm O Neill Dublin, in 3hrs 46mins a mere 14 minutes slower than the course record held by Simon Lee England at 3hrs 32mins significantly both set in 2003. Weather has a lot to play in Open Water.
Lough Erne itself has hosted some amazing challenges including a 50 mile relay challenge since 2007 initially set by world record holder Julie Bradshaw,MBE Nuala Moore Cochrane and their team at a fantastic 22hrs 12mins and despite several attempts through the years the record was finally broken last summer with a super team including Fermanagh man Graham Little, Colin Hill and their team.
So if it is the Irish Championship that is attracting you, canoeing, supporting or the thoughts of challenges bigger than the 17km Lough Erne is the place for you.
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