Swim Lough Rynn 2019
Sunday July 28th, Lough Rynn Recreational Facility, Co. Leitrim
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Swim Lough Rynn is a unique laned swimming event, held over the new international standard rowing course outside Mohill, Co. Leitrim. It provides a unique opportunity to swim a spectacular stretch of laned waterways usually reserved for rowing and canoeing regattas. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our main event sponsor Aura Leisure Ireland and also Leitrim County Council, without who's support we could not have put on this event without
By Car:- the venue is approximately 15 minutes drive from Carrick on Shannon to the north and Longford to the south. The nearest main national route is the N4 and you should exit the N4 at Dromod towards the town of Mohill or opposite the Masonite factory if coming from the Carrick on Shannon side. Once in Mohill follow the signs towards Lough Rynn Castle. Drive PAST the avenue entrance to Lough Rynn Castle for approx. 400m and the Facility is on your left hand side.
CLICK HERE for a link to a location map - 'Lough Rynn Amenity Area' is the name of the venue on the map.
There is parking for approx. 220 cars within the grounds of the facility. Please follow the parking marshalls once you enter the grounds. We would ask where possible for competitors to carpool as spaces will become limited during the day.
There are 3 race distances and times for each race is as follows:-
750m – 10am (Skins & Wetsuits)
2000m – 10.45am (Skins & Wetsuits)
4000m – 12pm (Skins & Wetsuits)
Race briefings will take place 30 minutes before each race start beside the water entry / exit point. Please leave yourself 5 minutes to walk to this area from the car park / enclosure area. ALL COMPETITORS must attend the Race Briefing
Race Registration Times
Registration will take place in the office located in the main building at the Caravan Park. Note registrations will close strictly on time to allow us get each race underway so please arrive in plenty of time. There will be no registration allowed after the end times outlined below under any circumstances.
750m – 8am to 9am
2000m – 8.45am to 9.30am
4000m – 10.15am to 11.00am
At registration you will receive a coloured swim hat (which must be worn during the race itself) and a timing chip (which must be worn on your wrist). Your race number will also be written on your hand in black marker as a backup to the finish judges. You will also be asked to sign the 'Suitability to Swim' document and outline any medical ailments you may have - please CLICK the MS Word Document attached below to review last years document in advance of the race as there is information you may need to have with you in order to complete registration
The start line for all 3 distances will be approx. 25m back from the lanes themselves.
On the Day Checklist
Here's your recommended kit list for the day:-
• Swim kit (swim costume, wetsuit, you will be supplied with a hat) - feel free to wear your own swim hat under the race specific hat should you wish.
• Flip flops / runners to walk to the water entry point ** NOTE footwear to the water entry point is mandatory as you will be walking on stony surface
• Sun cream
• Bottled water / sports drink
The water temperature as of 22nd July was 18 deg
Safety boats are being provided by Rivermania Adventure Co (kayakers), Longford Sub-aqua, & Rinn Shannon and District fishing boats while on land support is being provided by the Irish Red Cross ambulance service.
If you need assistance during the race please lie on your back and raise your hand in the air – a member of the safety team (kayakers) will make their way to you and provide any assistance required. If marshalls feel you are not able to continue you will be taken from the water. If you decide to retire from the race yourself it is vitally important that you inform one of the marhsalls so that you can be accounted for. All swimmers are counted into the water for each wave and each are counted out also so please be aware of this and it is a must you inform one of the land marhsalls that you have retired so you can be included in the final count.
Race Routes – reference map above when reading
750m – Start 25m back from the start Lane 2 – once you start you will be funneled into Lane 2 and swimming up this lane for 360m in a straight line with small buoys every 10m to guide you at which point you will turn right at a large yellow buoy and swim the 13m across lane 1 and turn right again and swim down the outside lane to the finish pontoon. Once you arrive at the finish pontoon raise your wrist with the timing chip on it and touch the finishing mat with it (note the finish mat is approx. 1foot above water level on the edge of the finish pontoon and will be clearly marked) – once your time has been taken you swim the short distance back to the water exit point.
2k (1 x 2000m lap) – Start 25m back from the start Lane 2 – once you start you will be funneled into Lane 2 and swimming up this lane for 970m in a straight line with small buoys every 10m to guide you at which point you will turn right at the 2nd large yellow buoy you will pass and swim the 13m across lane 1 and turn right again and swim down the outside lane. You will pass one large yellow buoy over half way down this side and keep swimming until you reach the finish pontoon. Once you arrive at the finish pontoon raise your wrist with the timing chip on it and touch the finishing mat with it (note the finish mat is approx. 1foot above water level on the edge of the pontoon and will be clearly marked) – once your time has been taken you swim the short distance back to the water exit point.
4k (2 x 2000m laps) – Start 25m back from the start Lane 2 – once you start you will be funneled into Lane 2 and swimming up this lane for 970m in a straight line with small buoys every 10m to guide you at which point you will turn right at the 2nd large yellow buoy you pass and swim the 13m across lane 1 and turn right again and swim down the outside lane PASSING the finish pontoon on your left hand side until you reach another large yellow buoy. Turn right here and swim across lane 1 and turn right at the large yellow buoy and continue up Lane 2 again for the second lap. Swim as per lap 1 and once you arrive at the finish pontoon raise your wrist with the timing chip on it and touch the finishing mat with it (note the finish mat is approx. 1foot above water level on the edge of the pontoon and will be clearly marked) – once your time has been taken you swim the short distance back to the water exit point.
It is not permitted that any swimmer use any form of propulsion aid during the races and these include the likes of fins, webbed gloves etc.
Toilets & Showers
Toilets and showers are available in the main building at the event site both before and after the races.
We would ask that all competitors make arrangements for the safekeeping of their own valuables etc on race day.
There will be a range of food / drink available on site throughout the day.
We have had the water quality in Lough Rynn tested a number of times in recent weeks and it has always passed minimum swim quality standards quite easily. Whilst water quality tests provide an indication of the suitability of a venue for open water swimming they do not mean that that there is a complete absence of potential pathogens. You are advised to adopt the following procedures to minimise the risk of infections:-
• Cover all cuts and abrasions, however minor, with sticking plasters. You should not consider swimming if you have deep cuts.
• Wash hands in fresh water before eating after you have swam.
• Take a full shower at the earliest opportunity.
• Try not to ingest water while swimming.
Wave results will be available a short time after each wave finishes on www.coretiming.ie
We will have a trophy for each of the wetsuit race winners and also cash prizes for wetsuit 1, 2 & 3 and cash prize for the skins winner.
We really hope you enjoy what we have to offer and fingers crossed for a calm pleasant day on Sunday. See you then!
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