A Dublin man has decided to brave the cold Irish Sea to raise money for a good cause.
Gavin Doran, 27, hopes to be the first solo swimmer to successfully complete the 35-hour long journey across the sea from Holyhead to Dublin.
The Malahide man has started a GoFundMe page to raise €10,000 for Pieta House as part of the challenge.
Gavin told Dublin Live: “I’ve been swimming most of my life and looking to do something different. It feels like the only swimming that hasn’t been done.
“A few people have tried it and a few relay teams over the years, but no one has really made it through solo. So it seemed like it was calling me.”
He said he wanted to turn the big challenge into an opportunity to raise money for the mental health charity with a number of events planned over the next few months before the big swim.
Gavin, who is the Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Club‘s operations manager, said he planned to swim the 58 miles under standard open water swimming rules, meaning without a wetsuit or thermal aid. All he’ll be wearing is a hat, goggles, and a pair of toggs.
Speaking about his previous experience as a swimmer, Gavin, who has raced internationally in triathlon and once in modern pentathlon, said the challenge was “a bit scary I guess, but it wouldn’t be worth it if it wasn’t a little scary”.
He said: “I have the support team there with Malahide Yacht Club who look after the support of the boat which is fantastic.
“They’re also going to partner with the Malahide Sea Scouts, so there’s a lot of support there. I’ll be surrounded by experienced sailors.”
He added: “My preparation is a combination of three factors at the moment, working on the nutritional side of things and trying to get enough calories.
“I did my first major training swim just over the weekend. I did 34 miles at the Aquatics Center in Blanchardstown. So it was a nine and a half hour swim. So that was 10,000 calories burned during these 10 hours.
“Then I work with a physio team to keep the body healthy with the amount of swimming and the volume on the body. And then there’s the swim training itself. So those three factors together me will hopefully cross the line.”
If you want to help Gavin raise funds for his cause, you can donate here.
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