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.

Clive 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!

40 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 time limit.

Smith (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.

A canoe accompanied Smith throughout the swim and assisted with drinking and feeding although no actual contact was allowed.

Smith raised over £2,000 for the Derby Hospitals Charitable Trust (Children's A&E and Prostate Wards).

Back in England Janet Briggs and Sue Wood took on the impressive challenge of the Chillswim Coniston.

The event is a mass participation swim, taking on the full 5.25 miles of Coniston Water, in the Lake District.

The 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 category.

In the wetsuit category Wood came home in 3 hours 16 minutes taking 27th place in her respective age group.

The bulk of the Masters squad will be back in action later in the autumn with competitions in Wales, Sheffield and Derby.


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