Photos and report courtesy of Jacqueline Galway of the Camlough Lake Water Festival team from the shores of the North Channel.

Colleen Mallon earned her way into the history books with a 9 hour 56 minute crossing of the North Channel.

Mallon became the first Northern Ireland woman to achievement this crossing when she swam to Scotland on August 7th, maintaining a constant 78-80 stroke per minute pace. “She was powerful, peaceful, patient and persistent, the 4 elements to great success,” observes Jacqueline Galway.

She braved Force 5 winds and 5-foot waves in the North Channel crossed with a new Irish record and the third fastest in the world.”

A former triathlete, she has crossed over two sports and shown her depth of commitment and athletic talents in both.

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