Husband-and-wife pair Tom Healy and Rachel Lee took top honours in the annual Boyne Swim through Drogheda yesterday (Saturday 15 June).
Tom claimed the overall race title with a time of 27.25 minutes, while his wife Rachel Lee finished a close second (27.58 mins) and claimed the overall female title.
The annual Boyne Swim, in association with Drogheda Port and Aura, celebrated its sixth year with 251 swimmers taking part — making it one of the most favoured events on the Irish open water swimming calendar.
“Whether it’s the beauty of the Boyne, the stunning Ronan Halpin trophies or the prestige and challenge of the race itself, swimmers arrived in their droves on Saturday to battle the 2.7 kilometre race,” said the organisers.
The course started at Mell and meandered eastwards, passing under five bridges through Drogheda Port before finishing up at the Boyne Fisherman’s headquarters.
While most swimmers entered the water in skins or wetsuits, a few others opted to brave the elements in togs or swimsuits.
This year a team from Drogheda’s Red Door Project took part in the race after training for many months. The team were swimming to raise funds and awareness for the national children’s cancer charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.
Each of the four category winners were presented with Drogheda Port perpetual trophies:
- Overall Winner: Tom Healy (27.25 mins)
- Overall Female Winner: Rachel Lee (27.58 mins)
- Overall Male Junior: Sean Black (30.05 mins)
- Overall Female Junior: Aoife Doran (29.22 mins)
The sixth Boyne Swim was again organised by the Drogheda Triathlon Club with the assistance of a number of local voluntary organisations.