New Guinness World Record for Swim Ireland

Sunniva Batalden

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History is written in the National Aquatic Centre as Swim Ireland beat the 50x100m relay record with a whopping 9-minute margin.

55 minutes turned to 46 as 100 swimmers did their utmost to reach their limit of 33 seconds across to the other side. The Circular gives you every step of the nerve-wracking excitement as the timer closed in on this new world record.

The National Aquatic Centre Dublin. Photo: Sunniva Batalden
The National Aquatic Centre Dublin. Photo: Sunniva Batalden

As a part of a fundraising for The Northern Ireland Hospice and The Irish Cancer Society, the hope is to raise €100 per swimmer, resulting in a whopping total of €10 000 for this Guinness World Record.

29th of September, 19.04 – The crowd is pushing in as the last of the audience arrives at the arena. In the reception, a queue is filling up and the participants are being handed out goodie bags filled with a swim cap and t-shirts. Colorful plastic bottles fill up the edge of the pool and the local kids swim team is still poking up their arms from the water surface. As they finish the audience is taking their sets in the upper half of the center, eagerly awaiting the swimmers’ entry.

Local swim club finishing their last lap. Photo: Sunniva Batalden
Local swim club finishing their last lap. Photo: Sunniva Batalden

19.31 – Group Photo. The crowd is getting thicker and it is becoming more apparent something more is about to take place. ‘Best of Luck Swim Ireland’ is blinking from the yellow board in front of the swimming pool. Everyone in blue shirts is directed to the far end of the tribune. ‘Guinness World Record 100×50’ is written everywhere you turn.

20.00 – First swimmer in the water. Danielle Hill, Ireland’s fastest female swimmer in history starts off as the first of our 100 participants.

 

Swimmer of the 100x50 relapse. Photo: Sunniva Batalden
Swimmer of the 100×50 relay. Photo: Sunniva Batalden

 

20.21 – 30th swimmer starts out.

20.32 – Swimmer number 62, Craig Meek finishes his lap in a baffling 24.7 as one of the fastest swimmers this evening.

20.44 – Swimmer number 80 hits the water.

20.46 – Jack McMillan brings home the long-awaited victory and a new Guinness World Record is set at 46 minutes.

 

Every name have to be recorded in order for it to be valid.
Every name has to be recorded in order for it to be valid. Photo. Sunniva Batalden
Paul Curran at Aquatic Centre. Photo: Sunniva Batalden
Paul Curran at Aquatic Centre. Photo: Sunniva Batalden

The Circular congratulates all swimmers involved on their new victory.

 

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Sunniva Batalden

  • Stephen O’Leary

    Great report on an excellent event – congratulations to all involved!

  • I’ve read your article about the attempt on September 29th and was really curious if they made it! Really great article.

    • Sunniva Batalden

      Thank you so much.