At least 500 swimmers braved the cold river water today in Dublin to participate in the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim. It was the 103rd event of the capital water challenge and it was Ronan Dalton and Roseanne Marshall who were first home from the male and female entrants.
Swimmers are not allowed to wear wetsuits and must prove competency in cold water swimming before they can competer in the 2.2km water race, which commences at Rory O’More Bridge, with the race ending at Customs House Quay, after competitors have swam under 11 bridges.
It was 60-year-old Ronan Dalton’s 42nd time to compete in the race, in what was a fiercely contested challenge, with Louis Masterson finishing in second place and Adam Lynch in third.
Dalton (from the Half Moon Club) was joined on the winning podium by Roseaanne Marshall from Guinness Swimming Club, with Ealbha Ní Shiadhails in second, and Gemma Farrelly in third.
Mr Dalton said he was ecstatic to finally win the race, have finished in the top ten for several years, and extra special given that it was the 125th anniversary of the club this year, and he was serving as President.
Photos Jason Clarke Photography
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