Three Double Victors In ‘The Edge Sports’ Sandycove Challenge

Three Double Victors In ‘The Edge Sports’ Sandycove Challenge

Ned Denison reported on the ‘The Edge Sports’ Sandycove Island Challenge, site of one of the world’s great swims.*

The 1.1-mile competition took swimmers around the famous Sandycove Island in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland.

Lisa Cummins, the only Irish swimmer ever to complete a two-way English Channel swim, presented the prizes. Three of the winners enjoyed their second victory in the event: Carol Cashell in the female wetsuit division (2010 and 2009), Sarah Clifford in the female non-wetsuit division (2010 and 2008) and Ross Higgins in the male wetsuit division (2010 and 2008).

Chris Mintern, following several other wins in the local Munster swims this summer, won the male non-wetsuit division. Ned Denison won the masters division as the non-wetsuited swimmer with the fastest time relative to the 800m freestyle world record for his age group.

Owen O’Keefe, the youngest Irish swimmer of the English Channel, was awarded the Mike Harris Trophy as best representing the commitment and ethos of open water swimming.

Ciaran O’Connor, chairman of “The Edge Sports” Sandycove Island Challenge Swim, reflected on the day, “The conditions on the day were challenging with water temperature at 14°F (57.2°F) with moderate swells and chop. Several swimmers celebrated their first mile swim in the sea while at the other end of the range, the crowd paid tribute to 13 of the local swimmers who took on the English Channel this past year.”

* Sandycove Island is not only site of one of the world’s great circumnavigation swims, but also one of the world’s greatest open water swims period.

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