The 100th edition of the Liffey Swim saw one of its youngest ever winners, as 15-year-old Mark Hanley from Meath clinched the men’s title yesterday afternoon (Saturday 3 August).
“Never in a million years did we think he’d win it,” his father Barry told Independent.ie of the schoolboy who has to juggle training with studies for his recently completed Junior Cert.
Fellow Meath swimmer Sinead Delaney was victorious in the women’s division of the race from St James’ Gate to Custom House Quay.
This year’s centenary event went ahead amid concerns over the river’s water quality following heavy rains earlier in the week that once again overwhelmed the city’s wastewater treatment infrastructure.
Dublin City Council warned that the most recent test results were “exceptionally poor”.
But race winner Mark commented: “It was grand, I actually think it was cleaner this year than last year. Less gunk on the top.”
Independent.ie has more on the story HERE.