BRAVE hopefuls took to the water for the Dee Mile on Wednesday night.
Ninety-one competitors were in action in the historic event, which started in 1922.
Ian Aguilar, of Leyland Barracudas, was first over the line in 22mins 45secs as the swimmers raced downstream from the Red House pub to the finish line under the Queen's Park suspension bridge at The Groves.
'Home water' winners included Chris Malpass (Chester Triathlon Club) who took the male championship prize with 23:58, and Joanne Morris (City of Chester ASC), winner of the female championship in 26:48.
The race provided Chester Tri club members with the perfect preparation for the Dee Triathlon on Sunday, June 25.
Dee Mile organiser Janine White, of Chester Triathlon Club, said: 'Despite the name of the event, the distance covered was more like 2000m.
'Since the Deva Triathlon started using the River Dee in 2001, the Dee Mile has been a favourite warm-up for triathletes and yet again we've had a bumper turnout.'
Members of Chester Triathlon Club put in some very competitive performances with Matthew Fisher speeding over the line in 25.21 followed by Tim Fowler
(27:07), Sean Simmons (27:08), Jonathan Bradshaw (27:53), Mark Bennett (27:57) and Duncan Bailey (28:06).
The club's other finishers were: Dominique Miller (28:45), Peter Cobb (28:47), Jan Rogers (28:50), Phil McDonald (28:54), Mark Tabor (29:15), Colin Wilson (29:20), Joel Hotchkiss (30:15), Nick Minion (30:17), Sue Ellis (30:31), Phil Townshend (30:33), Lorain McCann (30:37), Gerard Wilkinson (31:08), Mia Young (31:15), Wendy Williamson (31:20), Ted Rose (31:25), Colin Johnson (31:27), Simon Greenwood (31:43), Shona Simmons
(32:10), Dave Taylor (32:23), Steve Eastwood (32:37), Terry Walsh (33:51), Caroline Frank (33:52), Andy White (32:54), Ian Weaver (32:56), Linda Worrall (33:00), Denise Penny (33:11), Diane Hughes (33:25), Sue Haslam (34:27), Sam Titman (35:00), Nick Campbell (35:50), Janet Frost (35:53), Andrea Mageean (36:00), Michael Lee (36:04), Brian Treadwell (36:07), John Kane (37:02), Dave Humphreys (37:18), Sian Vaughan-Jones (37:36), Sarah Bayliss (38:27), Victoria Brailsford (38:59) and Jan Clews (40:40).