Richard Fee and Mark Kennedy, representing Eye Feel Good, took part in their first Liffey Descent in Dublin on Saturday 8 October 2011 and finished in 10th place in the Touring Candians Class with a time of 3 hrs and 4 mins.
750 canoeists from Ireland and abroad took part in the 52nd Liffey Descent. 30 million tonnes of water were released by the ESB for the event which brought the river up to flood level, transforming small rapids into foaming white water.
The 18 miles course starting at Straffan weir at the K-Club Co Kildare and wind sits way through Maynooth, Celbridge, Leixlip, Lucan, Palmerstown and Chapelizod before reaching the finish line at Memorial Park, Island Bridge.
After getting off to a great start and putting the Straffan Weir behind us we successfully navigated all of the other weirs and rapids that the river had to offer. That is, until we reached the Palmerstown Weir.
The infamous Palmerstown Weir ate us up and spat us out without mercy and taught us that you can never beat the river. At this stage of the race we were in 6th place and our thoughts were more focussed on the finishing line and a 3 hour finish rather than getting down the weir. A valuable lesson was learned and, if we are honest, we were both glad of the swim as the temperatures for October were unseasonably warm.
We would like to thank Lyle Creighton and Jason McMahon from First Antrim Youth Club who finished in 3rd place with a time of 2hrs 46mins. Lyle and Jason gave us lots of invaluable advice for navigating the river and making the drops.