Wednesday 22 November 2017

It all goes swimmingly for mother and daughter team as Anne-Marie wins gold

Heather (14) hugs her mother, the women’s race winner Anne-Marie Bourke, from the Dublin Swimming Club, after they both competed in the 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim on Saturday. More than 500 competitors took part in the race that has been going since 1920. Photo: Barbara Lindberg
Heather (14) hugs her mother, the women’s race winner Anne-Marie Bourke, from the Dublin Swimming Club, after they both competed in the 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim on Saturday. More than 500 competitors took part in the race that has been going since 1920. Photo: Barbara Lindberg
Heather (14) hugs her mother, the women's race winner, Annmarie Burke (resides in Milltown) from Dublin Swimming Club after they both competed in the 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Barbara Lindberg
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

It is a race for only the most hardy of swimmers and one mother and daughter team proved they are made of stern stuff.

Braving frigid temperatures and floating city detritus, Anne-Marie Bourke from Milltown was the winner of the women's race at the 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim at the weekend.

Her delighted daughter Heather (14), who also completed the 2,200m swim through the capital, was the first swimmer under the age of 25 to finish the race.

It was a sweet victory for Anne-Marie, a member of Dublin Swimming Club, who has previously come in second place in the annual event and finished the race in a winning time of just over 30 minutes.

More than 500 competitors took part in the race this year. The annual event has been running since 1920 and is a considered to be a highlight of the open sea swimming season.

Enthusiastic crowds lined the Liffey along the quayside, the city's boardwalk and 12 bridges along the route to cheer on the swimmers.

Irish Independent

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