Sunday 21 July 2019

250 hardy souls take to the water for the Boyne swim

The annual Boyne swim in association with Drogheda Port and Aura took place on Saturday and in its sixth year entry numbers were at full capacity with a staggering 251 swimmers taking part, making the Boyne swim a favourite for many 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.

The overall race title went to Tom Healy with a time of 27.25 minutes. His wife Rachel Lee finished a close second and claimed the overall female title.

The course starts at Mell and meanders eastwards passing under five bridges through Drogheda Port before finishing up at the Boyne Fisherman's Headquarters. The event is a great spectacle and family day out with food and entertainment at the race finish.

The 251 swimmers entered the water in skins/wetsuits, others feeling a bit braver in togs and swimsuits! What an enlivening site to watch all the green Boyne Swim hats bobbing speedily left to right, arms crashing into the water and legs kicking like mad. The Boyne Fisherman's headquarters was filled with family and friends waiting for their heroes to come into view.

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 Aoibheanns Pink Tie.

Each of the overall winners were presented with the Drogheda Port perpetual trophies and the category winners were as follows; Overall Winner Tom Healy with a time of 27.25 mins

Overall Female Winner Rachel Lee with a time of 27.58 mins

Overall Male Junior Sean Black with a time of 30.05 mins

Overall Female Junior Aoife Doran with a time of 29.22 mins

Drogheda Independent