Masters Summer Report
GB Long Course Championships
The Masters squad has enjoyed the first part of the summer with some excellent performances in the pool and outdoors.
At the recent GB long course championships in Swansea Kath Tunnicliffe (Etwall's most successfully national medallist) bagged another 3 gold medals to take her overall total to a hugely impressive 26.
Kath won the 50, 100 & 200m Backstroke events.
Rachel Joyce continued her come back into competitive swimming with two solid swims in the 50m Free and Breaststroke events.
Cinderford Masters Meet
6 swimmers made the trip to Ross-on-Wye for the inaugural Cinderford Masters Meet. All six swam well and gained enough points to win the top Visiting team trophy. Etwall's total of 103 points was enough to beat Gloucester Masters (75) into second with Credition in 3rd a further 4 points adrift.
The 'gold caps' were led on the day by Martyn Finney who bagged a maximum 25 points on his way to winning the 55-59 age group. Closely following the inform Finney was Paul Ingle who recorded some of his best times of the year to finish third in the 40-44 year age group with 18 points.
Mr and Mrs Forbes both enjoyed event wins which helped to ensure their places in the top three 30-34 band (Kirstie 1st with 15 points and Mike 3rd in the Men's competition with 5 points).
Fresh from racing at Swansea Rachel Joyce popped up to record event victories. Her points tally of 20 was enough to give her second place in the 45-49 category, whilst Chris Rolle produced four steady swims to win his 40-44 age group.
Front left to right: Rachel Joyce, Kirstie Forbes, Martyn Finney.
Rear left to right: Chris Rollé, Mike Forbes, Paul Ingle.
Thanks to Cinderford SC for organising an enjoyable meet.
Open Water events
In complete contrast to the 'indoor' team two Masters swimmers headed north for a weekend of open water swimming. Saturday saw the duo of Janet Briggs and Sue Wood tackle 3 swims in one day: sunrise at Trent Meadows, Noon in Hathersage and sunset in the Lake District!
The following day the pair took part in the Epic Swims Derwent Water event. Briggs covered the 3.8K distance in just under 73 minutes finishing 4th in the 50-59 yrs age group. In the 40-49 age band Wood finished 12th in just under 75 minutes.