First man home was Ger Wilkes, from Malahide and a member of North Dublin swimming club.
“The hardest bit thinking people are coming up behind you, thinking, ‘Am I doing enough?’ I knew I was in the lead from about the Hal’penny Bridge. It was only a matter of hanging on then. O’Connell Bridge is liking going through a big dark tunnel, but it’s great. I put a lot of training in during the year, so I’m delighted, but shattered.”
Rachel Lee, a member of Guinnness swimming club and a paramedic with Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB), was greeted by cheers from many of her colleagues on duty by the quayside, as she came in first in the women’s race.
“I can’t believe it. I’m delighted,” she said. The hardest moment for her, she said, was “finding the finish point at the end”.
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