Imelda crewed for 7 different English Channel solo swimmers from 2006 to 2010: Danny Coholan, Ray Terry, Eddie Irwin, Liam Maher, Finbarr Hedderman, Rob Bohane and Lisa Cummins over and back (35 hour) swim. All were successful on their first attempt except for Rob who returned later to conquer the channel.
She also crewed for Carmel Collins Myrtleville to Monkstown in 2015 (10 km) and the Allez Les Verts English Channel relay in 2015 (13 hours and 37 minutes).
For her first swimmer Danny Coholan, she planned, inspired and accompanied him on several first ever local training swims: multiple times Sandycove to Speckled Door 4-way (20 km), 3-way (15 km) and 2-way (10 km) plus Kilmacsimon to Speckled Door (23 km). She also swam with him to Inisbofin.
Imelda was a trusted observer as on several marathons:
Stephen Redmond: Fastnet to Schull – First Ever
Anne-Marie Ward: North Channel unsuccessful swim
Carmel Collins: Ballycotton to Ardmore (25 km) – First Ever
All three of these swimmers went on later successes. Redmond the first Oceans Seven and induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Ward competed the North Channel and was the World Open Water Swimming Association Female Swimmer of the Year and Collins completed the North Channel and set a world record for the longest Ice Swim of 3 km.
Imelda is an accomplished marathon solo swimmer as well:
English Channel (second from Cork) in 2005 in 14 hours and 34 minutes
Strait of Gibraltar
WakenitzMan from the Ratzeburger Lake to Luebeck Germany (14km)
Her relays include:
English Channel – over and back and single
Fastnet to Schull (24km)
Lake Zurich (26.4km)
Windemere – over and back (34km)
Imelda played a large part in the success of the Sandycove Island marathon swimmers over the last decade and a half.
Her rookie swimmers didn’t make typical mistakes which contributed to an amazing success rate. She is one of the local “knowledge repositories” for marathon swimmers and crews”, often consulted well in advance and held in very high regard. Imelda never took pay for her time.