Victory for Robert
Bray pair win Tracie Lawlor Cup
Wexford Masters Openwater Swimming Club held their annual swim for the Tracie Lawlor Memorial Cups on Sunday, September 6 at Curracloe beach.
Over 70 competitors turned up on what turned out to be a glorious sunny day in the sunny south east and almost perfect conditions for long distance swimming.
About 50 men set off at 1.30pm on the 1.45 km swim for the men's cup and first to the finish was Robert Clarke, Eastern Bray. Robert is a long time fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis as he has lost three children to the disease and is still fighting for a cure as he still has another child with CF. The swim is in its fifth year and after last year's swim.
Robert told Tracie's parents, Philomena and Ian, that one of his ambitions was to win Tracie's Memorial Cup and when he emerged form the water today in first place the emotion and smile could be seen by everyone who applauded him to the shore.
Next up was the women's race which set of at about 2.30pm and turned out to be a great race. The winner of the ladies cup was Jennifer Murrin, also from Bray.
Both Robert and Jennifer recorded great times on the day, well below 20 minutes.
Colin Wilson, Chairman of the Wexford Masters Openwater Swimming Club, thanked everyone who turned up to support the swim, the Red Cross, Wexford RNLI, Kevin Murphy of The Winning Post, his fellow members of the club, and all the boats and canoes who helped make the swim a very successful and safe one. A special word of thanks must got to Mick McGinley who has been there every year with Pat Whitley.
The presentation of the prizes were made by Colin and Tracie's mam Philomena at the Winning Post where refreshments were served to finish off what was a memorable day for everyone, as one competitor put it, "The sun was shining, the water was warm and the hospitality was excellent, looking forward to next year already".
The Tracie Lawlor Trust would like to thank Wexford Masters Openwater Swimming Club for another great event.
Both cups are sponsored by Pat Whitney and funds raised are donated to the TLT4CF.