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Couch To 5K Open Water Swim Challenge Comes To Lough Erne

14th April 2017
Dive into Lough Erne for the Couch to 5K Swim Challenge this summer Dive into Lough Erne for the Couch to 5K Swim Challenge this summer Photo: Paul McCambridge

#Swimming - Waterways Ireland has welcomed Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge’s efforts to bring their Couch to 5K Swim Challenge to Lough Erne.

The 10-week programme is designed to bring swimmers out of the pool and into the open water. The scheme will run over five fortnightly sessions from June to August 2017 and will provide swimmers with the knowledge, skills and training to ultimately complete a 5km swim event.

The coaches are Maureen McCoy, an English Channel soloist, and Paul McCambridge a North Channel relay swimmer. Both Maureen and Paul will guide swimmers through from the first outdoor swim to competing in this challenging event.

The Couch to 5K Swim Challenge is aimed at swimmers of varied levels who wish to either start swimming outdoors or improve their fitness and speed for events. The coaches have designed a programme that will challenge each swimmer and allow them to acquire new skills, no matter what their starting point.

The five fortnightly sessions will take place on Saturdays starting on 3 June, and will increase in intensity with the aim of completing a 5km swim in August.

There is a fee of £30 for participation. Register your interest at [email protected] or

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  • Comment Link Pauline Colton 1st June 2017 posted by Pauline Colton

    I am interested never swam in open water,not good swimmer,can do breaststroke and manage half a length front crawl.

  • Comment Link John Reilly 24th May 2017 posted by John Reilly

    i am interested in doing the course

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