5th of September 2011
Irish Sea Swim: Ronan Keating reaches Dublin
Sea Kayaking UK support team for The Swim.
A team of celebrities completed their gruelling 56-mile (90km) charity swim across the Irish Sea from Holyhead on Thursday morning.
Olympic medallist swimmer Steve Parry, pop star Ronan Keating, TV presenters Jenny Frost and Jason Bradbury, and Strictly star Pamela Stephenson arrived north of Wicklow pier at 08:18 BST.
It took them 35 hours and 18 minutes to complete the challenge.
Sea Kayaking UK would like to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to all swimmers
"The Swim"! What an adventure. Nigel, Eila and the 3rd kayaker, friend, Chris Kitson, successfully led the 11 strong team of heroic swimmers including Steve Parry, Ronan Keating, Pamela Stephenson, Jenny Frost and Jason Bradbury along with the awesome swimmers Jonathon, Becky, Nikki, Lianne, Olly and Colm in the 35 hour and 18 min swim from Holyhead Sailing Club to Wicklow in Ireland, across the Irish Sea. The 3 paddlers worked a 2 hours on and 4 hours off shift.
The team of Paddlers had to keep the bearing and ensure the swimmers stayed close offering immediate support if required. The swimmers were incredible; Steve Parry went from treading water to 2.6kn instantaneously!
Singer Ronan Keating took the plunge into the Irish Sea at Holyhead last night at the start of a charity swim from the UK to Ireland.
The relay for Cancer Research UK will see five celebrities swim 56 nautical miles (120km) from Holyhead, in Anglesey, North Wales, to Dublin. They are hoping to raise 1 million.
To follow the progress of the swim, visit the-swim.co.uk