It’s official – Camlough swimmers enter Guinness Book of World Records

February 16, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

Following verification from Guinness World Records, the Camlough Lake swimmers have been officially recognised as world record holders of the Longest Continuous Open Water Relay Swim.

Confirmation of the result was received from Guinness head office on Thursday after video footage, time-keeping logs and witness statements from the event were checked and verified by the group’s invigilators.

On September 9th, more than 200 swimmers from across the country embarked on an ambitious attempt to set a new world record for continuous open water relay swim.

The brainchild of swimming enthusiasts Aoife McCourt-Lynch and Padraig Mallon, their aim was to break the previous world record of 120km held by New Zealand.

In the end, they completely smashed this, swimming continually for 232 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds.  And by September 19th they had added a massive 205.5km, setting a new record of an impressive 685.5km.

Media co-ordinator for the event, Maria Murphy said the driving force behind the swimmers’ success was the support and involvement of the local community.

“The level of participation by everyone in Camlough and the wider south Armagh area was fantastic.  This was a very serious, and ultimately very successful, attempt to break the world record for the longest continuous open water relay swim,” she said.

Maria says the people of Camlough and south Armagh will now prepare for what is destined to be an ‘equally marathon celebration’ of this fantastic achievement.

The celebratory event will take place on Saturday March 13th in Carrickcruppen GFC.

Everyone who participated in any way is cordially invited to attend.