The Lough Erne 50 mile relay challenge was born in June 2007 when a 6 person relay team successfully swam the entire length of both upper and lower Lough Erne (From Crom Castle to Belleek) in an inaugural time of 22 hours and 12 minutes.
The team that year consisted of mainly based English Team and one Northern Irish swimmer with 6 ladies, Maureen McCoy, Nuala Muir-Cochrane, Julie Bradshaw, Pip Spibey , Lucy Roper and Rose Levein.
Then in June 2008 an ILDSA team attempted to break the record with 4 swimmers, George Meenan, Trevor Woods, Jeff Wilson and Chris O’Sullivan. (The team was initially supposed to consist of 6 but unfortunately 2 swimmers had to withdraw due to family commitments.)
Although the weather was not on their side (Especially in the “Broad Lough”) the guys ran the record extremely close but just missed out on it by a mere 22 minutes finishing in a time of 22 hours 30 minutes.
In 2010 an ILDSA 6 person relay team again attempted to break the record and finished in a respectable time of 22 hours 45 minutes but unfortunately they also came up short by 37 minutes.
The team that year was Colleen Mallon, George Meenan, Trevor Woods, Jeff Wilson, Ger Carty and William Ferguson.
2011 saw Sky Sports presenter and Fermanagh man Graham Little assemble a formidable 6 person team consisting of himself, Chelsey Wilson, Paul Colville, Tony McNulty , Adam Heayberd and Colin Hill.
The team romped home in an impressive time of 19 hours 6 minutes thus finally breaking the record set by the ladies back in 2007!!