first_imgPrint NewsCommunityLimerick grandad Ger is still making waves as the oldest ice-swimmer in townBy David Raleigh – February 26, 2021 357 Ger Purcell swimming in the icy cold Shannon River near Mill Road, Corbally and (inset) before taking the plunge.Photo: Liam BurkeA 66-YEAR-OLD Limerick man who occupied himself during the lockdown by swimming in the River Shannon has become the world’s oldest Ice-Mile swimmer.Ger Purcell from Richmond Park, Corbally trained over winter within 5km from his home before completing the challenge in freezing conditions in just over 43 minutes.Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mr Purcell, of the Limerick Narwhals club, became the oldest male athlete to complete an ice-mile under international ice swimming association regulations, when he swam a mile non stop in 4.93 degrees celsius water, three weeks ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “During the summer I swim across the bay in Kilkee every day, so my friends said I should have a go at the ice-mile swim.“My response was to ask them, ‘do I look mad enough to swim through the winter in ice cold weather?.“Then the lockdown happened and basically I kept swimming. The weather started to go downhill     over November, December, January, but I kept going. It was something to keep me occupied over lockdown too.”“The biggest problem I had was getting swims in during the lockdown, but I managed it within the 5km because the River Shannon is situated near where I live.”Mr Purcell, who is also a member of St Michael’s Rowing Club, said he nearly didn’t finish the challenge due to the extreme conditions.“I was doing very well but then I struggled over the last 400 metres. As I went around the buoy. I kind of swung off it because I was getting a bit tired, and the sun was beating down on my face. I looked up and my eyes hit the sun and I took a mouthful of water.”“It was cold and I got a bit disorientated, and I was trying to get my level right, to get to the next buoy, which I couldn’t see because of the sun, so the last 200 metres were fairly tough.”Despite the cold temperatures, he kept to the ice-mile regulations which only allow competitors to wear swimming togs, a swimming cap, and goggles.“The water was 4.9 degrees and I couldn’t wear Vaseline or anything else, so you’re bare. My recovery took about two hours. I had to have someone with me to help me out of the water, because my feet and hands were like ice blocks.“You can’t get dressed because you can’t feel your hands, so you need to get warmed straight away. I’m told that in other parts of the world where it has been done that they go to a jacuzzi and steam room afterwards, but I was just getting dressed in my car.”Mr Purcell, who has three grown up children and seven grandchildren, has always enjoyed sport and challenging himself.“I’ve done a couple of triathlons but I damaged my ankle so I need an operation on that, but I still do a bit of cycling.”“My son thinks I’m mad, but now I can say I’m the oldest ice swimmer in town.”The previous record was held by a 64-year-old man.Mr Purcell said he won’t be doing the ice-mile challenge again, but is now campaigning for Limerick City and County Council to redevelop the swimming baths in Corbally      to attract international ice mile swimmers to Limerick.“We have the most ice milers in the world at the Limerick Narwhals club and we are building it up, especially among the younger guys. We need a place and there is talks about the council developing the Corbally baths this year.”“It would be brilliant, because you could bring international swimmers into Limerick and have international events there,” the new world record holder added.For more watch Meghann interview Ger below: Twitter Email Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleOn This Day: U20’s fall to Kerry in Munster as Mary I overcome LIT in Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finalNext articleInformation being withheld from Limerick Covid contact tracers David Raleighlast_img read more

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