Just some additional info for posterity !
John actually broke the Shannon Sprint record which most would agree is actually more difficult than setting it !!
The record was first set in 1992 by my team, broken by an RNLI team a year later and broken by Johnny's team a year or so later again before being broken again a year later by Damian xxxx ? ( My Mind is blank right now on his name - Mad Fecker from Galway !!but I'll edit when I remember) to where it now stands.
The Shannon Sprint in 1991 covered the then navigable Shannon from Battlebidge to Limerick City. When Johns team ran, the navigable Shannon had just been extended from Dowra to the Estuary and the longer record set by John's team became known as the Shannon Descent with the older and shorter Shannon Sprint records included as a record within a record.
A unique feature of all the records was the friendship and camraderie and support between the existing holders and the challengers at each attempt. Records are there to be broken rather than guarded !
In these days of political correctness, the days of haring down 250 K of Shannon at high speed at 7 in the morning in November are probably over for good, but they were great days and great fun and raised a lot of money for charity.
Delighted to hear of John's current venture ( I've just returned today from a month working abroad). I'll text him this evening with "advice" and see what support / contacts we can rustle up !
Originally Posted by Ezgoing
Godspeed to John Plumber who sets off on Saturday to do the round Ireland in his Redbay 6.5. John is known to many for setting the record for the Shannon descent some years back and his many ventures up the Scottish Isles. He is also known for his generousity to many in his provision of rescue cover at a range of events each year.
John is taking this run a bit leisurely allocating two weeks of the diary for the adventure. Any offers of logistics support, local knowledge tips, petrol info, net warnings etc by text to John on 00 353 87 2875937.