The International Liffey Descent 2017 race took place this afternoon with four Galway-based paddlers bringing medals back to the West.
Originally from Clare but now based in Galway,Sinead Frawley won her category (Ladies GP) to take the gold in a time of 2hrs 48mins.
The race course is 28.2 kilometres consisting of 10 Weirs and 1 portage (paddlers have to get out of the water and carry their boat for approximately one kilometre). It starts at the The K Club above Straffan Weir, Co. Kildare and finishes at the Trinity College Rowing Club in Dublin.
Approximately a third of entries are in the true racing classes and the remaining places are taken up with ‘fun’ paddlers who are there to enjoy the event no matter how long it takes them to get to the finish line. The challenge is always to make it to the finish without capsizing your boat and going for an unexpected swim!