Bedfordshire Masters & Seniors Decathlon 2017

Following the tremendous news that our Men’s Team finished in 10th place in the GB Team Decathlon Competition, the individual performances of all our competitive Masters in 2017 have been analysed.

Graham Powell and Karen MacKenzie were once more our highest ranked swimmers in the County but the year saw 8 of our male swimmers finish in the County’s Top 30 and 5 of our Ladies in the Women’s Top 30, even though none of them swum the maximum number of ten qualifying events.

Full data is given in the table below but in a year when a number of our swimmers of both sexes were “missing” from competition,  – for many months due to a combination of illnesses and / or injuries –  performances worthy of particular mention are:

**Alex Mason making a great impact in his first year of competing in Seniors (18 – 24 years) events, the “transition” age group into Masters swimming.

**Michael Poynton making his competitive debut as a Master. Only competing at one meet, Michael now knows the aim is to swim against the clock even if one is being out swum by younger swimmers!

**Amy Pelling in her first year as a Senior helping catapult our Ladies Team to 118th nationally, their best ever placing and third in the County.

**Gwen Skingley overcoming nerves for her first competitive pool swims, having been more accustomed to open water swims (without a wetsuit, regardless of the water temperatures).

With just one swim Nicola Pasquire joined Alex and Michael in the Beds Masters & Seniors record books. This brought the total number of our current squad members with County Masters / Seniors records (as at the end of 2017) to 13,  holding 38 Short Course and 47 Long Course between them.

The data shows that, whilst we may get older, our swimming by comparison (based on the decathlon points formulae) may continue to improve…even when we might record slower times!

 

Beds County
Ranking
Name   Age Decathlon Points (No. of races) GB Decathlon Ranking
2017 2016 2015 2017 2016 2015 2017 2016 2015
2 3 3 Graham Powell 61 5,349 (10) 5,279  (10) 5,121  (10) 33 29 33
3 Alex Mason 21 5,041 (10) 49
4 4 6 Dave Wright 56 4,267 (10) 4,215  (10) 3,810   (9) 104 98 124
5 5 4 Alastair Gibb 57 4,204 (10) 4,117  (10) 4,110  (10) 110 106 94
8 10 9 Colin Mayes 62 3,089  (7) 2,882  (7) 3,280  (8) 264 318 214
11 12 16 John O’Rourke 48 2,498 (10) 2,691  (10) 2,212  (9) 437 375 563
20 Michael Poynton 1,869 (4) 780
23 20 Jonathan Pennell 25 1,405 (4) 2,250 (6) 1,128 589
9 15 Malcolm Barton 62 2,884  (10) 2,252  (7) 317 542
15 19 Mark Wareham 46 2,512 (7) 1,977  (5) 453 725
33 Darren Hale 46 1,328 (4) 1,321
35 Ian Norman 48 409   (2) 2,075
Beds County
Ranking
 Name    Age Decathlon Points (No. of  races) GB Decathlon Ranking
2017 2016 2015       2017 2016 2015 2017 2016 2015
9 16 Karen MacKenzie 44 2,736 (7) 2,154  (6) 272 458
18 Amy Pelling 19 1,541 (5) 751
21 26 25 Glenda Mayes 61 1,218 (5) 1,151  (4) 872  (3) 983 1,106 1,181
27 22 Lorraine Sadler 46   884  (4) 1,477  (6) 1,265 864
30 42 Gwen Skingley 35 780  (4)    165  (1) 1,350 1,978
31 31 Sharon Thompson 50 704  (3)    863  (4) 1,409 1,347
34 Nicola Pasquire 19 602  (1) 1,475
28 24 Eloise Turner 45 1,004  (4) 964  (4) 1,223 1,100