Elaine Burrows Dillane
Burrows Dillane is an Honour Swimmer in the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland Class of 2022. Her Class of 2022 includes Honour Swimmers Finbarr Hedderman and Rosie Foley and Honour Contributor Kevin Williams (Administrator) and Honour Contributor Noel Browne (Crew).
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- She was awarded the 2022 Female Senior Swimmer of the Year by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association.
- She received the ILDSA John Earls Award for the Most Arduous Swim as a member of the Funky Fenit Femmes, together with Aisling Brosnan, Caroline Corkery, and Sandra Martin, for their 12 hour 49 minute 54 second relay crossing from Fenit Lighthouse to Loop Head Lighthouse on 19 September 2022.
- She completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 12 hours 45 minutes on 10 September 2019 at the age of 48.
- She swam 18.6 km from the Lock Gates at Blennerville, Co. Kerry to Sandy Bay, The Maharees, Co., Ireland on 14 July 2018 in 6 hours 28 minutes, the first woman to do so.
- In 2017, she became the first woman to swim 16 km from Blennerville to Fenit and back in Ireland.
- She completed the Irish Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2021:
- 21 km Fastnet Swim between Fastnet Rock and Baltimore Pier on 12 August 2020 in 7 hours 45 minutes at the age of 49.
- 13 km Galway Bay Swim between Aughinish in Co. Clare and Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill across Galway Bay in 2 hours 56 minutes on 19 June 2021.
- 35 km North Channel from Portpatrick, Scotland to Donaghadee, Northern Ireland on 21 July 2021 in 14 hours 54 minutes 30 seconds at the age of 50.
- She won the World Cup Ireland Ice Swimming 1 km Championships in Wild Water Armagh in January 2018 on 27 January 2018 in 17 minutes 22 seconds in 4.40°C water.
- She achieved the Original Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with the following 3 channel crossings:
2021 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination
Winner: Kate Steels (Great Britain)
First Runner-up: Elaine Burrows Dillane (Ireland)
Second Runner-up: Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic)
4. Mayra Santos (Brazil)
5. Merle Liivand (Estonia)
6. Shu Pu (Hong Kong)
7. Sarah Thomas (USA)
8. Amy Ennion (Great Britain)
9. Lexie Kelly (USA)
10. Maria Cotignolo (Uruguay)
11. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
12. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
13. Abigail Fairman (USA)
14. Kerry Kopke (South Africa)
15. Carina Bruwer (South Africa)
- Elaine Burrows Dillane Honored as the ILDSA Female Senior Swimmer of the Year
- International Ice Swimming Association bio
- The Original Triple Crowners More Than Doubled In 2022
- A Pioneer and Triple Crowner, Elaine Burrows Dillane
- David Conradie Completes A Fastnet Rock Crossing
- Dillane And The Dolphins
- Everyday Hero, Elaine Burrows Dillane
- Kerry woman completes gruelling Cork swim ranked as one of the most difficult in the world
- I now realise I’m tougher than I give myself credit for