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Hodson Bay - The Hodson Mile

Can you swim a mile in the very center of Ireland? Our Hodson Mile and half mile swim will be run from the spectacular grounds of the Hodson Bay Hotel on the tranquil shore of lough Ree on the mighty Shannon.

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Take the challenge to swim a mile (or a shorter half mile course) at the reputed geographical centre of Ireland. Standing proud on a tiny Island off shore and within view of every swimmer as you complete your mile challenge is the 'Hodson Pillar' the legendary centre of Ireland. Like several other Irish loughs including some of our other venues which are steeped in folklore , Lough Ree has been the scene of many sightings of lake monsters so be warned. Whether you choose our half mile course or the Hodson Mile challenge this is an event which will live on in your own story telling,  with either a possible sighting of a winged lake serpent or the unique opportunity to have swam in the centre of Ireland or more importantly having completed your swim goal for 2020. Registration is now open so take advantage of our early bird deals.

Take your pick of the half mile or 1 mile courses. And remember, if you are felling extra fit you can swim both distances for the one entry.

Swim details

Date: 18th July 2020
Location: Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone
Swim Distances: 1/2 Mile Open Water Swim - 11am
1 Mile Open Water Swim - 12am
Closing Date: July 15th (or sooner if sold out)
Age Limit: 13 years old on the day of the event.  HOWEVER we would ask anyone between 13 and 17 to contact us as we may require you to bring your own COMPETENT kayaker that will accompany them for the swim
Swim Registration:

8-10.30 am for 1/2 Mile  8-10.30 am for 1 Mile. Swim Cap, race numbers and goodie bags can be collected at this time.


 Course map 1/2 mile & 1 mile map link

Please review our Swim Briefing, Tips and FAQs in preparation for the race!

1/2 mile Open Water Swim
1st Male & Female
2nd Male & Female
3rd Male & Female
1 Mile Open Water Swim
1st Males & Female
2nd Male & Female
3rd Male & Female








Facilities Available on Swim Day:

  • Full First-Aid service on site.
  • Toilets.
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel & bar


1ST LYNNE ALGAR  (FEMALE 1ST) 20.42.99 1
2ND MARK SHERIDEN 20.47.13 7
3RD CIARAN WHELAN 23.44.16 2
5TH BARRY HALL 23.58.74                                4A
6TH PIERRE FAYOLLE 24.00.67                                6A
7TH NIALL TUDY 24.14.44                               16A
8TH COLM DALY 24.30.69                                A17
9TH AMY KILLEEN  (FEMALE 3RD) 26.42.99 3
10TH LIAM DEELY 27.24.51                                 9A
11TH RACHEL TURNER (FEMALE) 28.1245.                                20A
12TH MARIE DUFFY (FEMALE) 28.43.81 6
14TH SEAN O KELLY 31.44.04                              10A
16TH EVIE MALONEY (FEMALE) 33.46.98                               12A
17TH AMY CARTY  (FEMALE) 45.27.09 10
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