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H2OPEN RACE SERIES A TOP SERIES


The inaugural H2Open Race Series proved a great success, with recent events in Scotland, Bray and Bournemouth showing the diversity of swims around the UK.





It happens every year: just as you feel that the summer has fi nally arrived, the nights start drawing in, British Summer


Time is about to end and the Saturday night TV schedules are fi lled with reality shows that will guide us through until Christmas. This also means that the H2Open National Ranking Series is nearly over, and while print deadlines mean that we can’t bring you the fi nal results, the end of the summer saw some fantastic racing at the Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Bray Lake and Loch Ness. Bournemouth off ered the challenge of salt water, sea currents and choppy waters, which meant times were slower than expected for 2.5km for many swimmers. Pip Bennet decided to tackle the 17C swim without a wetsuit and still managed to fi nish second overall. Liz Tarr was fi rst woman home (and third overall), while other National Series contestants who had good swims on the south coast include Glyn Bevans, Jeanet e Cardy and Angela Fisher, all of whom won their respective age groups. The Edinburgh swim was scaled back from previous years, but still


off ered a well-organised twist on standard events, as swimmers are driven to the start line across the bay in Musselburgh, and had to swim back to the fi nish in Portobello. Mat Baker, Doug Turnbull and Shiela Kelly all had good swims over the 2km distance. Many swimmers also competed in the 3km Bray Lake Swim the


following weekend, which took place in conditions that were perfect – blue skies, and calm, warm water. Again, Pip Bennet deserves a mention for his second non-wetsuit swim, as Glyn Bevans and Jeanet e Cardy won their age groups for the second week in a row. New to the roll of honour were Rebecca Ferbuyt, Nigel Downing and Lesley Cook, who also led their peers across the fi nish line. One week later and back up north, dawn broke on the morning of Swim Trek's Monster Swim, revealing an eerie mist hanging over Loch Ness, hiding Nessie and the challenge awaiting over 400 swimmers from view.


H2Open editor Simon Griffi ths (right) pictured with Lock Ness Monster Swim winner, Robbie More


Happily, just before the start of the race the sun broke through


revealing beautiful scenery and, clear, calm inviting waters that almost made you forget the warnings about the cold Scot ish water. In actual fact, it wasn't that cold at all, and swimmers were treated to a great event in wonderful surroundings (with a mass false start thrown in for good measure). Rebecca Stewart, Lesley Cook, Racheal Stead, Paul Broomfi eld and Anne Seager all fi nished fi rst ranking series swimmer in their age groups. ○


AT LOCH NESS SWIMMERS WERE TREATED TO A GREAT EVENT IN WONDERFUL SURROUNDINGS


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