Hodson Bay The Hodson Mile

Swim a mile in the very center of Ireland

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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.

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: TBC

Location: Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone

Swim Distances:1/2 Mile Open Water Swim - 11am1 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 Male & Female 2nd Male & Female 3rd Male & Female

Facilities Available on Swim Day:

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

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