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In the sport of open water swimming, it must be said that the Hampton Court Swim is an event of quite some history and prestige. Not only does the scenic course meander past the regal Hampton Court Palace – scene of many a great show of its own – but also this was the fifth anniversary year. With such an epic milestone, it was time for the 2014 edition of the race to truly lay down a marker for what might be to come in the future.
Hordes of eager and prepared looking swimmers gathered in their masses on Sunday 20 July at the start area for one of the most famous 2.25 mile swims in all of the UK. The talk all week had been of rain and electric storms, but as the clocks ticked over to 8.30am (the start for the first wave of swimmers), the only electricity in the air came courtesy of the incredibly vibrant atmosphere. The weather was warm, even the river was warm – a positively balmy 21.6°C! - All was set for what would turn out to be some racing for the ages.
In the women’s event, the top 3 females all finished in the top 10 amongst all swimmers in the event, a monumental feat. This time, it was Joanna Desmond (46.32) who took the coveted title ahead of Becky Monaghan from Sevenoaks Swimming Club (46.47) and third-placed Helen Mussen from Serpentine RC (46.56).
Becky's strong swim against adult competitors allowed her to place 1st in the Youth group.
In the Men's 2.25 mile race, Sevenoaks Open Water swimmer Chris Metcalf completed in 47.23 minutes placing 11th, whilst colleague Nigel Robson placed 54th after finishing in 52.19 mins. Julian Metcalf placed 71st finishing this gruelling distance in 54.13 minutes.
Congratulations to all Sevenoaks competitors !
Perfect conditions awaited more than 500 swimmers, who took the plunge to challenge themselves in the water of the River Thames on the 1st June. Historic Windsor provided a beautiful venue for the annual Windsor Swim which also attracted plenty of spectators who lined the river banks to cheer on their loved ones and enjoy the sunshine.
Swimmers gathered from 7am, many of whom were sporting wetsuits from Human Race partner blueseventy, ready to take on the challenge. Due to the fast flow of the river, race organisers took the decision to amend the distances for the safety of all those taking part. The 750m swim was amended to 900m, the 1500m swim became 1800m and the 3k swim was shortened to 2.7km.
Sevenoaks' Becky Monaghan finished in an overall position of 7th out of 181 competitors (2nd out of 48 females) in a total swim time of 37.57 minutes over 2.7km.
Next up in the Human Race Open Water Swim Series is the WomenOnly Swim at Dorney Lake on 6 July, followed by the Hampton Court Swim on 20 July.
report courtesy of Humanrace
The hit and miss British weather was back up to its usual tricks as competitors were greeted with grey skies and rain in the air on the 26th May at the beautiful Eton Dorney rowing lake. With distances from 750m to 10km, this year’s event attracted over 1,200 entrants of all manner of abilities.
The day’s racing was kicked off with the marathon of swimming: the 10km distance. As a wetsuit offers swimmers more buoyancy, warmth and allows easier movement through the water; those brave enough to take on the distance without wearing one were split from those who were wearing a wetsuit in a separate start wave. With the water temperature at a cool 16.5 degrees they certainly deserve a special mention!
Chris Metcalf placed 8th (out of 222) in the 10k swim returning a time of 2:18:45 whilst colleague Jon Yates completed in a respectable 2:33:22 to place 28th.
In the 3k event, Becky Monaghan placed 9th out of 247 competitors returning a time of 43:46 whilst Julian Metcalf placed 27th in a time of 49:35
All participants enjoyed receiving an event medal plus a refreshing Vita Coco to hydrate them. There was even Spatone liquid iron supplement samples available to those felt like they needed a bit of an energy top up. Plus 10km and 5km swimmers were rewarded for their extra special achievement by getting a free FT Eton Swim water bottle after crossing the finish line.