Escape From Ireland Swim


Sunday 24th June 2018

Entries Open HERE Now

2017 Event Results HERE

2017 Event Photos on Howth Challenge Series Facebook Page

Openwater Swim for Experienced Swimmers Only

Swim Route subject to Strong Tidal Currents!

Wetsuits Permitted but not compulsory - No Class differentiation

WHAT:  ~1900m Openwater Swim

WHERE: From the island of Ireland's Eye to the mainland beach just east of Howth harbour


WHEN: Sunday 24th June 2018 at 9.00am -This is race start time

Race sign-on from 7.00 to 8.00am

Boats to island leave from Howth from 7.45 to 8.30am

Entries will close when race limit is reached

This happened in mid-June in 2017 and we expect early sell-out again in 2018


Entry includes boat transfer from Howth Harbour to Ireland's Eye for start of swim, tech tee, swim bag, latex swim hat and entry system provider's commission, etc


There will be strictly limited numbers for this event due to the necessity to transport participants to the island and to ensure adequate safety cover is available for all participants

This "Escape From Ireland" event take place in tidal waters with strong currents.
It is a challenging swim and should only be attempted by those experienced and confident in their ability to complete it without assistance!
The fastest swimmer is expected to take 30 minutes and you should be confident of completing this section comfortably in under an hour. It is highly recommended that athletes will have completed a swim of this length in similar openwater conditions and temperatures in the month preceeding this event.

If in any doubt about your swimming ability please do not enter this event!

Links to previous Race Results given below


Race sign-on takes place at the Scout Hall (This is on the left just after the Dart Station and before the harbour as you enter Howth village) between and 8am to allow transfer of participants to the island from 7.45 to 8.30 in time for the start

Key drop is at registration area in scout hall

We will transport your outer clothing/ sandals / flipflops etc back from the island in a drawstring bag that we will provide.

This bag will be available at the beach at the finish so you can cover up and cheer others as they finish

Drinks and some food will be provided after event completion

Very basic changing and toilet facilities will be at Race Sign-On Area in the Scout Hall

There will be NO Registration on the Day

Note: Wetsuits are recommended but not compulsory - there will be no differentiation of classes based on wetsuit or not.

The "Escape From Ireland Swim" event is for experienced and competent openwater swimmers only

You will be asked to confirm when entering that you are confident in your experience, abilities and training to safely complete this event.

Please do not put your or other's safety at risk by attempting this event if you are unsure of your ability to safely do so!

It is our aim as organisers to keep the Howth Challenge Series events as a fun and friendly with some spot prizes to be given to non-prizewinners.

In addition to some spot prizes we will have commissioned potter prizes for the first 3 men and women and first 40+  outside the top 3 in each gender

No differentiation in rankings between wetsuit clad and not for prizes cool 


Other 2018 Howth Challenge Series Events


Race1 - Mon 21st May

Race 2 - Mon 11th June

Race 3 - Mon 9th July

LONG RACE @ 19.30 Hrs:- ~1000m swim & 7.4 km run

SHORT RACE @ 20.00 Hrs:- ~500m Swim & 3.7 km Run


2018 Aquathon Entries Soon HERE


Escape From Ireland Swim 2016 Results Here

2016 Event photos from  Action Photography at the Howth Challenge Series Facebook Page & Action Photography's Website

Escape from Ireland 2015 VDO HERE

Escape from Ireland Swim Final 2015 RESULTS HERE

Race Photos at Howth Challenge Series Facebook page and Action Photography website 

Participant VDO Link Here

2014 Escape From Ireland Swim Results HERE

Previous Howth Aquathon Results and Photos Here

Final 2013 Escape From Ireland Swim Results Now HERE

2013 Escape From Ireland Race Photos are HERE

Many photos now on Howth Challenge Series and Outfront Facebook pages to share and tag too

Final 2012 Escape From Ireland Swim Results HERE

2012 Race Photos Link HERE from Action Photography

2011 Escape From Ireland Results Here

2011 Race Photos HERE

2010 Escape From Ireland Swim Results HERE

2010 Event Photos available HERE


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