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Ireland's Pádraig Mallon and Milo McCourt competing in the 2015 technically difficult 500m International Extreme Race of Winter Swimming in the Yellow River on the Tibetan Plateau in China
Triskelion relay open water swimmers Olive Conroy (Ireland), Conor Turner (Ireland), Elina Makïnen (Finland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Rory Fitzgerald (Ireland), and Carole Laporte (France) that crossed 72 km across the Irish Sea between the Isle of Man and Ardglass, Northern Ireland on 17-18 June 2017 in 18 hours 8 minutes and 32 seconds
Triskelion open water swimmers Olive Conroy (Ireland), Conor Turner (Ireland), Elina Makïnen (Finland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Rory Fitzgerald (Ireland), and Carole Laporte (France), escort pilots Pádraig Mallon of Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services on AMac and Nicky Donnelly on Melody Bay, and support crew Milo McCourt and Jacqueline McClelland that crossed 72 km across the Irish Sea between the Isle of Man and Ardglass, Northern Ireland on 17-18 June 2017 in 18 hours 8 minutes and 32 seconds
Triskelion open water swimmers Olive Conroy (Ireland), Conor Turner (Ireland), Elina Makïnen (Finland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Rory Fitzgerald (Ireland), and Carole Laporte (France), escort pilots Pádraig Mallon of Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services on AMac and Nicky Donnelly on Melody Bay, and support crew Milo McCourt and Jacqueline McClelland that crossed 72 km across the Irish Sea between the Isle of Man and Ardglass, Northern Ireland on 17-18 June 2017 in 18 hours 8 minutes and 32 seconds
The IISA Ireland Medal given to ice kilometer swimmers at the IISA Ireland championships, designed by Pádraig Mallon and made by Brian Muckian

Pádraig Mallon is an Irish open water swimmer, extreme marathon swimmer, Ironman triathlete, ice swimmer, Ice Ironman, and renowned endurance athlete from Northern Ireland. He has many short and long distance open water swims to his acclaim including Channel crossings and ice swims. He is the vice Chairman of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association and one of the organisers of the 2014 Irish Marathon Swim Series. He is chairman and joint organiser with Aoiffe Lynch of the successful Camlough Lake Water Festival (CLWF) at Camlough Lake in Co. Armagh, Camlough, Northern Ireland. He also helps organise the H2O Play Swim Series in Northern Ireland. He is also chairman of the International Ice Swimming Association Ireland and a member of the board of directors of the International Ice Swimming Association.

He created the Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign that was nominated for and voted as the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. He also created and runs Infinity Channel Swimming and competed in the 1 km race on 1 January 2016 in the Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany.

He designed the IISA Ireland medal given to swimmers who complete an Ice Kilometer at the IISA Ireland national championships and was a guest on Open Water Wednesday on 1 April 2020.

Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services

Pádraig Mallon and Jacqueline McClelland launched Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services in February 2015 where they offer North Channel crossings, open water swimming training camps and mind training as well as nutritional advice and piloting expertise for solo and relay crossings of the North Channel, Dál Riata, Isle of Man and Irish Sea. Their open water swimming boot camp is 12-15 June 2015 in beautiful locations around Ireland where cold water acclimatization, nutritional advice, and support crew preparations will be detailed down to the last bit of Channel grease.


Pádraig enjoys being in, on, or around water but most of all at play in the sea with swimming, kite surfing and sailing as some of his accolades. He has two Guinness world record titles for team participation in ‘the greatest distance open water relay’ and ‘the greatest distance relay run’. If not organising a fantastic event on water Pádraig can be found helping other event organisers with their calendared events marshalling, at registration or often just before at the finish line to encourage others in achieving their goal.

Born and raised in the townland of Carrickbracken and Carrivekeeney in Co. Armagh he is the oldest son, born to Bridgeen and Mick Mallon both parents long distance swimmers his father a veteran Ironman triathlete and his siblings all successful in endurance and open water swimming events.

MOTIVATION If your dreams don't scare you - you are not dreaming big enough.

ADVENTURE explore the environment we have around us. Master your own challenges within the confines of your own natural environment.

PREPARATION is everything. Poor mental preparation leads to failure – mental ability is more important than the physical ability if the mind fails you will never make it but, if the mind is strong you have the finish line in sight.

#therewillbebluebirds #vivelafrance
#nowaitingabout #brownfat
#livefortheweekends #playtime
#gottheswim#gottherun #workingonthebike#likealighteningbolt

2009 Setting the bar

ENGLISH CHANNEL SWIM – TEAM CAMLOUGH 14th July 2009 Distance: Time: Boat pilot: Reg Bricknell Team Name: ‘POKOS STAG'. Team: Milo McCourt, Aoiffe McCourt-Lynch, Micky Lynch and brothers Sean Mallon, Martin Mallon and Pádraig Mallon. During this period in 2009 whilst preparing for ‘POKOS STAG’ Channel Swim, the Camlough Lake Water Festival was born and has developed since into a successful annual event with swims including The Battle of Carlingford Lough and The Smile Mile held in local waters.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD 9th – 19th September 2009 Pádraig is one of three masterminds with Aoiffe McCourt and Mick Lynch who successfully planned the Guinness World Record open water relay in Camlough Lake. The support of the entire community was immense. Guinness World Record Distance: 680Km non-stop relay swim (Still held 01.10.2014). In the ‘World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Awards’ out of 9,144 votes cast by fans around the globe, 2,004 individuals voted for Camlough Team of Ireland.


CHALLENGE BARCELONA October 2010 Maresme Spain Finish Time: 14.44.46

2011 Another year's progress

ROBBEN ISLAND TO MOUILLE POINT SOUTH AFRICA 4rd February 2011 with Cape Long Distance Swimming Association Finish Time: 4 Hours 55 minutes.

NORTH CHANNEL SWIM - A SECOND TEAM SUCCESS 22nd August 2011 Distance: Time: Team Name: 'Camlough Lake' Irene Kennedy, Paul McCambridge, Aoiffe McCourt/Lynch, Micky Lynch, Martin Mallon and Pádraig Mallon.

IRONMAN AUSTRIA Klagenfurt Austria Finishing time 14.24.25


NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN SAILING April – June 2012 SAIL ON SAILOR with husband and wife duo Terry and Carol Hogan. From: Nassau, Bahamas To: Lagos On: 'COMMON SENSE Catalina c42'. Distance: 4068NM taking in the Bermuda Triangle Time: 49 days.

KEEPONRUNNING GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Newry July to August 2012 Team realy of 200 runners. Total distance: 4504.28 miles non stop over 16 days.

RUSSIAN WINTER SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS Siberia, December 2012 Venue: Tyumen Siberia Water Temperature: 0.5 degrees. Air Temperature -44 degrees

While attending ILDSA awards event in Fermoy, Co. Cork with Milo McCourt, the invitation came from Nuala Moore and Anne Marie Ward to travel to Russia to compete in much acclaimed Russian Winter Swimming Championships. He trained for this event with Micky Lynch and Andrew Coyle who would become the 2014 CAMLOUGH LAKE ICE TEAM. Pádraig placed 4rd in one of the Russian Winter Swimming Championship events. ‘Freezing to the face, feet to ice and hands to ladder’.


ICE SWIM CAMLOUGH LAKE 1800m ICE SWIM on his own doorstep January 2014 Pádraig would become Ireland's third overall and first Male Ice swimmer and International Ice Swimming Association member - Number 45. Venue: Camlough Lake , Co. Armagh N.Ireland. Water Temperature: 4.6 degrees C. Distance: Micky Lynch, (1000m) Andrew Coyle (1610m), Pádraig Mallon (1800m).


Boat crew: Reg Brickell, Aoiffe Lynch, Bridgeen Mallon, Clare Mallon:

Date: 6th July, 2014 Crossing: 14 hours 48 minutes.

Support by way of written white board comments where a mental boost for Pádraig during his crossing. Having had many texts and messages from friends and family prior to the English channel Pádraig could relate to what was written. Some had a huge effect on his mind-set including one comment from Nuala Moore - at one point when Pádraig was feeling really tired her comment ‘leave it all in the channel’ gave him the boost to do just that and timely enough as it was he seen through the midst – the French coast although it would be another 4 hours off at that point. Once finished there now would be no teaching like the experience’s that Pádraig and the team could report on the swimmer Pádraig was only one quarter of the story - Clare, Bridgeen, and Aoiffe had been by his side the entire journey.

The Ultimate

The ultimate goal would always be the North Channel with the only obstacle in it's path (the English channel) now out of the equation a date could be set. Clearly it was evident that his journey in life, the coincidences, the challenges achieved, the learning and the adventures would bring Pádraig to this point. Rest until next season ? – no chance the North Channel would not be in 2014 it would be in 6 weeks. As a team they knew their approach was 99.9 % correct. The same preparation and event schedule for the crossing and their approach to Pádraig would apply for Channel 2. Clearly the motto you rest you rust was true. Phone calls were made, the team regrouped, fresh in their minds their duties, the homework and learning outcomes summarised, and in private the date was set – the North Channel was mission possible.


Boat crew: Brian Meharg, Aoiffe Lynch, Bridgeen Mallon, Observer: Andrew Coyle

Date: 16 August 2014 Crossing: 12 hours 49 minutes.

Once the date was planned, a short swim in the sea at Donaghadee gave Pádraig the reassurance’s that he needed. His mental attitude was clear and focused, the sea would take him safely on his journey. Asking permission from the sea was agreement that needed to be made after all he would leave himself open to all the elements of nature. The North Channel, (Irish Channel) which the most challenging of the “Oceans Seven swims” lies between the North of Ireland and the Mull of Galloway and is a distance of 18.6 nautical miles (45 km.) Reference Admiralty chart number 2198.

Well before dawn on the morning of 16th August after a bowl of hot porridge Pádraig left Camlough with his team for Bangor – there was no doubt given the weather, wind and wave forecast that once left Bangor the next stop would be Scotland. Having previously worked with Bryan Meharg and Bangor Boats Pádraig had full trust in him and his team to help guide his journey.

Cold and miserable, Pádraig did not get the most perfect of tides but agreeably in life you play with the hand of cards you are dealt. He wanted this finish line the most and was determined more than ever to reach it.


Pádraig is the 4rd person to have swum the English Channel and the North Channel in the same season - remarkably only 6 weeks between his two swims. The 1st person to complete this successful duo was Kevin Murphy in 1960 followed by Alison Streeter in 1988. (From current available information).


Even extreme marathon swimmers need ‘me’ time – Pádraig has been kite surfing in amazing venues like Byron Bay, Vietnam, Capetown, Thailand, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Egypt and Lake Garda as has amazing backdrops close to home in Cranfield and on the West coast of Ireland Favourite stop: Achill Island.

Lanzarote To Fuerteventura

Mallon completed a 15 km crossing across the Strait of La Bocaina (or La Bocaina Strait between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands off the west coast of northern Africa in 5 hours 1 minute.

Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign

The Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign by Pádraig Mallon and Camlough Lake Water Festival is nominated for the 2014 WOWSA Awards' World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

The Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign was nominated for and voted as the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year:

The nomination for the Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign by Pádraig Mallon reads, "Pádraig Mallon and the team at Camlough Lake push themselves to extraordinary distances and depths. With channel swimmers, Ironman finishers, triathletes and ice swimmers on this team they know well what it is like to set personal challenges and realize their own dreams and the potential sporting abilities of others. The 'Step out of the ordinary' Blue Letter campaign is a means to encourage others to identify and welcome a new challenge, any challenge. In the 'Step Out of the Ordinary' event, the CLWF team share their joy for life and adventure with others, inspiring them to step out and step up to a challenge within their grasp, but yet somewhat out of their comfort zone. For this uniquely inspirational and personalized campaign, for its highly effective means to motivate people to achieve their own dreams, for its innovative creations in the open water world, the Camlough Lake Water Festival's Blue Letter Campaign is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."

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Coaching Career

Mallon also helps prepare emerging ice swimmers for 1 km or 1-mile Ice Swims at the Ireland Ice Swimming acclimatization training course in Camlough Lake.

Ireland Ice Swimming Championships

Video by Pádraig Mallon at the 2015 Ireland Ice Swimming Championships, hosted by the Camlough Lake Water Festival and sanctioned by the International Ice Swimming Association at Wild Water Armagh (Conroy Pond) in Northern Ireland.

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2015 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Greatest Watermen in Open Water Swimming History

He was named as one of the Greatest Watermen in Open Water Swimming History by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2015:

1. Zacharias Alexandrakis (Macedonia): Marathon swimming enthusiast, open water swimming promoter, lifeguard, swimming coach and lifesaving leader.
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González (Mexico): Triathlete, ultra-endurance athlete, channel swimmer and author
4. Stathis Avramidis, Ph.D. (Greece): Researcher, swimmer, author, speaker, and lecturer
4. Peter Bales (South Africa): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, governing body administrator and escort pilot
5. Vito Bialla (U.S.A.): Extreme relay swimmer, professional sailor, and escort pilot of the Farallon Islands, California
6. Paul Blackbeard (South Africa): World-class pool swimmer, ocean swimmer, and life saver
6. Lord Byron (Great Britain): Poet, author and pioneering sea swimmer
8. Dick Campion (Australia): Olympian, coach, trainer, author, promoter, and professional marathon swimmer
9. Daniel Eulogio Carpio Massioti (Peru): Four-time Olympian, Channel swimmer, professional racer, and solo swimmer
10. Bruckner Chase (U.S.A.): marathon swimmer, ocean advocate, ambassador to the disabled, filmmaker, paddler and surf lifesaver
11. Buster Crabbe (U.S.A.): Olympic champion, ice swimmer, promoter, and movie star of 4 pulp fiction heroes
12. Guy Delage (France): Ocean swimmer, extreme adventurer, diver, submariner, and sailor
14. Marcos Díaz (Dominican Republic): Marathon racer, extreme swimmer, surfer, governing body administrator, and event director
14. Shannon Eckstein (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
15. Ian Emberson (Kauai, U.S.A.): Channel swimmer, original Ironman triathlete, ocean swimmer, event director, and triathlete
16. George Freeth (Hawai, U.S.A.): Ocean swimmer, surfer, paddler, and lifesaver organizer
16. Alfréd Hajós (Hungary): Olympic champion, professional racer, and architect
18. Trevor Hendy (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
19. Colin Hill (Great Britain): Ice swimmer, Channel swimmer, television commentator, and event director
20. Craig Hummer (U.S.A.): Competitive swimmer, kayaker, paddler, Ironman lifesaver, and Olympic television commentator
21. Ky Hurst (Australia): Ocean swimmer, two-time Olympian, body surfer extraordinaire, and champion life saver
22. Zhang Jian (China): Marathon swimmer, Channel swimmer, ice swimmer and university sports director
24. Captain Tim Johnson (U.S.A.): Marathon swimmer, author, professor, shark cage designer, analyst, and historian
24. Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaii): Ocean swimmer, Olympic champion, surfing legend and ambassador of aloha
25. Grant Kenny (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
26. Guy Leech (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
26. Luiz Eduardo Carneiro da Silva de Souza Lima (Brazil): Two-time Olympian, stand-up paddler, ocean swimming coach, pioneering ocean swimmer and promoter
28. Pádraig Mallon (Ireland): Marathon swimmer, Channel swimmer, ice swimmer, event organizer, promoter and triathlete
29. Vojislav Mijić (Serbia): Marathon swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer and event organizer
40. Masayuki Moriya (Japan): Coach, channel swimmer, event organizer, clinician, and governing body administrator
41. Keo Nakama (Hawaii/U.S.A.): World champion, world record holder, pioneering ocean swimmer, event organizer and coach
42. Aaron Peirsol (U.S.A.): 6-time Olympic medalist, surfer, lifeguard, coach, and body surfer extraordinaire
44. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, ocean advocate, ambassador, author, and speaker
44. Kevin Richards (South Africa): Competitive swimmer, triathlete, surf lifesaver, and coach
45. Philip Rush (New Zealand): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, professional racer, escort pilot, channel administrator, and fire fighter
46. Wayne Riddin (South Africa): Competitive swimmer, race director, aquapreneur, coach and promoter
46. Veljko Rogošić (Croatia): Two-time Olympic swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer, swimming ambassador and marathon swimmer
48. Kenny Rust (Hawaii, U.S.A.): Ocean swimmer, lifeguard, aquapreneur, and event safety official
49. Ori Sela (Israel): Sea swimmer, coach, therapist, pioneer relay swimmer and aquapreneur
40. Borut Strel (Slovenia): Coach, swimmer, clinician, planner and logistic expert
41. Martin Strel (Slovenia): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, extreme adventurer, film protagonist, and camp clinician
42. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos, M.D., Ph.D. (Greece): Research scientist, physician, expedition medic and Channel swimmer
44. Christof Wandratsch (Germany): Channel swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer, ice swimming record holder and event promoter
44. Captain Matthew Webb (Great Britain): Channel swimmer, extreme adventurer, and professional racer
45. Johnny Weissmuller (U.S.A.): 4-time Olympic champion and movie star with a household name
46. Alick Wickham (Solomon Islands): Ocean swimmer, high diver, body surfing promoter, surfboard shaper, and freestyle ambassador
46. Patrick Winkler (Brazil): Competitive swimmer, ocean swimmer, stand-up paddler, race promoter and publisher of The Swim Channel Magazine
48. Jabez Wolffe (Great Britain): Channel aspirant and coach in the early generations of channel swimming
49. Doug Woodring (Hong Kong/U.S.A.): Marine environment ambassador, ecology advocate, aquapreneur, ocean event director, paddler, diver, and ocean swimmer
50. David Yudovin (U.S.A.): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, aquapreneur, benefactor and mariner


Mallon was the navigator for the 4-person relay team called teamRIPTIDE (Michelle Brooker, Jack Boyle and Noel Grimes) that became the first TRiO team to make the Dál Riata Channel Swim crossing between Northern Ireland and Scotland. In June 2016, teamRIPTIDE started at the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland and made landfall south of Cushendun, Northern Ireland in 6 hours 44 minutes 21 seconds with support crew Milo McCourt and Afreen Ahmed and navigators Charles Stewart and Mallon. The Dál Riata Channel Swim, previously known as the Mull of Kintyre Swim, is a 16 km (10.5-mile) channel swim was pioneered by Wayne Soutter from Mull of Kintyre in Scotland to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland. It is part of the Irish Triple Crown.

From The Isle of Man To Ireland

Oa Channel Crossing

Mallon will escort Olive Conroy, John McElroy, Ruth McGuigan, Patrick Corcoran, Noel Grimes and Fergil Hesterman on the 45 km Celtic Quadrant swim across the Oa Channel from the Isle of Islay in Scotland to Ireland in 2016.

2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

Mallon was named to the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2016 (alphabetized by last name) by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
4. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
6. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
14. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
16. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
24. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
26. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
40. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
41. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
42. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
44. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
44. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
45. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
46. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
46. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
48. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
49. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
44. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
46. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa

Two-way North Channel Crossing

Mallon served as the escort pilot for Caroline Block's two-way crossing attempt of the North Channel on 4-5 August 2016 that took 28 hours 55 minutes.

Irish Sea Relay

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