A record number of swimmers plunged into the River Dee for the annual Dee Mile race on Sunday.

Celebrating its 95th year, the Dee Mile is one of the oldest river races in the UK.

“The race was split into two parts with the 1k swim starting on the Meadows and the 2k race starting from further upstream, “ said organiser Ciara Murphy.

“It was a fantastic sight as the waves of 415 swimmers turned the water white as they headed down river towards the finish at the suspension bridge where there was a real festival atmosphere amongst the crowds enjoying the spectacle,” Ciara added.

Most swimmers chose to wear wetsuits but those brave enough to go without competed for the title of Dee Mile Champion, the winner having to live within five miles of the Cross in Chester.

Championship honours went to Alisdair Grubb of Chester Waterpolo Club who completed the 2km course in 24:45 retaining his title and beating last year’s time by 19 seconds and Joanne Morris from Chester Triathlon Club in a time of 26:33. Jo now holds the female record of a total of 6 Champion of the Dee titles.

“It’s worth saying that the flow of the river makes a significant difference to the swim times year on year,” Ciara explained. “Nevertheless, whilst the rain held off the 2017 race produced some fantastic performances in what we believe was the first open water swim for many of the competitors.”

In the “All Comers” 2km non wetsuit category the winners were Andy Cooper of Trafford Metro and Helen Mason of Durham Triathlon Club whilst the wetsuit 2km categories went to Les Church and Holly Jones of Biddulph.

In the Junior section completing the half distance, race honours went to Fraser Cooke of Southport Swimming Club and Alexandra Shardlow of City of Derby Swimming Club whilst in the Senior race the winners were James Dingley of Wolverhampton Swimming Club and Claudia Miller.

Chester Triathlon Club hosted the race and there were some excellent performances from home entrants in both races. These included Zara Gautier-Price and Liam Lewis-Jones who placed 4th and 5th in their respective junior events and Emma Sharpe who was 6th female overall.

Dee Mile 2km Results

Dee Mile 1km Results

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