As our Masters squad grows in numbers it was perhaps not surprising that this year we had our greatest ever medal haul at the East Region Masters championships. Nine individual, two relay Golds, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze medals were claimed. With the GB National Masters’ only 4 weeks away, everyone was in fine spirits.
Sharon Thompson set us off, winning her first ever Regional title, the 50 -54 years’ 800m Freestyle, in only her first competitive race at the distance.
Kelly Cooke also claimed her first title, winning the 40 – 44 years’ 100m Freestyle in 1:10.02 to qualify for a further event at the Nationals, having come 2nd over 50m in 32.14 seconds.
Michelle Neal came 2nd in the same F/s sprint in the 35 – 39 years’ with Jodie Armstrong edged out into 4th place after being distracted by a false start. Jodie exacted her revenge to claim silver in the 100m, with Michelle bagging the bronze.
Alice Pinney also collected a silver for her 18 -24 years’ 100m Freestyle to go with a bronze from her 50m.
Karen MacKenzie joined in with Jodie, Michelle and Kelly to claim the Ladies 160 + years’ 4 x 50m Freestyle relay title, following on from their County record breaking swim at Barnet a fortnight previously.
Our Men’s team of Graham Powell, Dave Wright, John O’Rourke and Ian Norman emulated the Ladies to win their 200 years+ 4 x 50m F/s relay.
On this occasion it was Sam Bradley who claimed a new Beds Masters County record, winning the 25 – 29 years’ 200m Backstroke. In a packed programme of seven individual events, Sam also won his 200m IM whilst collecting three silvers over 50m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and 400 Freestyle.
John O’Rourke swam in five individual races in the 50 -54 years’ age group, recording his best performances of the year in each one. He was further rewarded with a bronze for his 200m Backstroke, 400m & 800m F/s.
In the hunt for valuable team decathlon points, Dave Wright picked up a bronze for his 55- 59 years’ 50m Breaststroke whilst winning his preferred events, the 100m Butterfly, 200m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle.
Graham Powell won golds in both his 60 -64 years’ 400m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke.