Swim Ireland is attempting a Guinness World Record – And you can join

Sunniva Batalden

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Paul Curran from the Eastern Bay Swimmers earlier this May. Photo: Sunniva Batalden
Paul Curran from the Eastern Bay Swimmers. Photo: Sunniva Batalden

Ever wanted to be a part of a world record? Here`s your chance.

Swim Ireland is asking you for help to reach the next Guinness World Record. Friday, 29th of September at 8 pm more than 100 athletes are required to jump in the National Aquatic pool and finish 100x 50m as fast as possible in order to break the current record of 55 minutes. Each participant will swim 50 meters before they release the next person, with an average time of 33 seconds each. 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.

The Guinness Record history

Guinness World of Records came to life in the 1950s over an argument about which is the fastest game bird in Europe and ended in a collaboration between researchers Norris and Ross McWhirter, hired to present a book of facts and figures that we today know as the famous record book. In 1955 the first book was officially released and already catching the eye of the audience by Christmas the same year. Today it is known as a trusted brand and bestselling book worldwide.

The Circular talked to Paul Curran, a member of the Eastern Bay Swim Club also attending tonight’s event.

-It’s not often you get to compete for a world record and when the opportunity opened up I immediately jumped on-board. The attraction to this event for me was to team up with some of Ireland’s fastest swimmers.

Tonight’s events will host swimmers who compete not only in local clubs but also in national and international competitions.

-I’ve taken part in sports fundraisers in the past, such as the Liffey Jump or Dublin City marathon, but this particular event is unique in that we have such a large number of athletes cooperating together to break the world record.

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Eastern Bay Swim Club earlier this May
Eastern Bay Swim Club earlier this May Photo: Sunniva Batalden

Paul continues by stating that he`s looking forward to tonight’s events.

-The atmosphere will be competitive and fun and we’ll give it everything we have to see what we’re capable of. Each swimmer has been raising money with their sponsorship cards for the past two weeks. The world record isn’t only our goal, we also hope to raise €10 000 to donate to the Irish Cancer Society and the Northern Ireland Hospice.

So if you are a moderate swimmer and able to finish 50m in under 33 seconds, here is your opportunity. You have to act fast though – the registration starts tonight at 7 pm and there are only 100 spots to be filled.

(If you wish to pre-register you can do so by clicking here.)

 

Paul Curran from the Eastern Bay Swimmers earlier this May. Photo: Sunniva Batalden
Paul Curran from the Eastern Bay Swimmers. Photo: Sunniva Batalden

Schedule :  

7.00 pm: Registration and distribution of goodie bags

7.15 pm:  Group Photo

7.30 pm: Briefing

8.00 pm: Record Start

8.50 pm: Signing of the Log Book: Everyone must sign this, as it is needed for the record- so please don’t disappear.

9.05 pm: Tea or Coffee with refreshments

Eastern Bay Swimmers. Photo: Sunniva Batalden
Eastern Bay Swimmers. Photo: Sunniva Batalden

 

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