09 September 2014
Summer is normally a rest
period from competitive swimming for the Masters section, however during the
past few weeks a trio of intrepid swimmers had very different ideas.
Smith successfully completed his marathon Lake Zurich swim in 10 and a half
hours, an incredible effort when you consider you would have to swim 1,056
lengths of the pool (without stopping) to match his efforts!
solo swimmers and 21 teams from all over the world started the swim early in
the morning at Rapperswil with the target to reach Zurich within the 12 hour
(45) had to overcome some early navigational challenges, seasonally high
temperatures and a shoulder injury which occurred with over 10 kilometres still
to swim. However his preparation and mental toughness ensured he finished in
11th place in the 40+ years non wetsuit category.
canoe accompanied Smith throughout the swim and assisted with drinking and
feeding although no actual contact was allowed.
raised over £2,000 for the Derby Hospitals Charitable Trust (Children's A&E
and Prostate Wards).
in England Janet Briggs and Sue Wood took on the impressive challenge of the
event is a mass participation swim, taking on the full 5.25 miles of Coniston
Water, in the Lake District.
experienced duo finished strongly with Briggs (swimming without a wetsuit)
completing the swim in 3 hours and 14 minutes, taking 5th place in her age
wetsuit category Wood came home in 3 hours 16 minutes taking 27th place in her
respective age group.
bulk of the Masters squad will be back in action later in the autumn with
competitions in Wales, Sheffield and Derby.
Lake swimming report