Dublin Race in Killiney 2015
Dublin Swimming Club held their annual race at Killiney on July 12, 2015. Conditions were almost flat calm, in contrast to the previous day, when another race was held there in choppy waters. 117 men and 86 women took part in the races. Leading them home in the men’s was Karl Wilkes of North Dublin, second was Shay Dillon of Guinness and the first Dublin swimmer home was Jody Clarke in third, with Paul Nolan close behind in fifth. The team prize was won by NAC, with Dublin coming second.
Joan Delaney of Phoenix took the women’s title followed closely by Dublin member Julie Anne Somers – last year’s winner. Tiffany Quinn from Dublin was fourth and Dublin ladies also won the team prize.
This had been the third of three races over the course of the weekend, so there were lots of team points at stake. Dublin ladies currently lead while Dublin men are now in third place. In the swimmer of the year league, Dublin legend Claire or Dwyer has opened up a 4 point lead, while in the men’s, Niall O’Sullivan has moved up to fifth.
Dublin swimming club is the oldest swimming club in Ireland, having been established in 1881. The race today was one of 28 taking place over the course of the summer under the auspices of the Leinster Open Sea Committee, culminating in the Liffey swim on September 19.
HUGE well done to Keith Butler today from Dublin SC at the Windsurfers Race, and to the Dublin men for the team win - Keith (1st), Jody (8th), Niall (15th) and Dermot (21st). Not forgetting Elena in the ladies who came in 10th. LOTS of team members out, so great day overall for the club!
There was a nice symmetry to Keith's result as it was the Special Olympics Charity race and Keith will soon be representing Ireland at the Special Olympics World Games in both open water and pool competition. Keith has been a member of Dublin SC for many years, having joined as a junior. See also link for more
Great first swims also from Jack and Brendan and for Jenny in only her second race being well up the field.
Gerry Wins in Wicklow
One of the club's stalwarts, Gerry took full advantage of race conditions to register his first win since starting sea swimming over a decade ago. On a beautiful day in clear sea conditions, competitors swam from Glen Strand to Travel a Hawk beach just south of Wicklow Harbour. There were other strong performances with Paul taking vets prize in 9th, Phelim in his third race claiming 14th and men's team captain Ron making it in in 22nd, having lead at the half way mark. Another Monaghan man Dermot, came in 28th with many other men also finishing, especially well done to Dannii.
Ann Marie almost made it a Dublin double when finishing second. With her daughters Alison in 8th and Eleanor in 25th and great swims from Eithne M in 4th, Christine 10th and Teresa in 16th, Dublin claimed the team prize to extend their lead in the championship.