Malcolm Barton and Dave Wright joined a number of our more junior club members in the East Region Open Water championships held in Norwich.
In what was his very first open water competition, Malcolm Barton won the Men’s 1,500m race for the 60 years and overs. Especicially satisfying for Malcolm, his winning time of 27 minutes 38 seconds would have also placed him 2nd in both the 40 – 49 years and 50 – 59 years age groups.
Having now “mastered” a 400m IM, a 200m Butterfly and Open Water, could the next challenge for Malcolm be a cross channel swim? Not if Maria, Malcolm’s wife, has a say! Somewhat unfortunately, she was literally sick during his swim. Shame. So many tumble turns is not an enviable prospect for Malcolm if he has to compromise next with just a 1500m “pool” freestyle race.
Fifty five year old Dave Wright won a silver medal for the Men’s 50 – 59 year age group 3,000m race in a time of 49 minutes 37.7 seconds.
These East Region races also served as the basis for determining the Beds County Open Water championships for 2016. Accordingly, in the “Boys 18 years and over” Malcolm and Dave both finished in second place for their events. Quite an achievement as the winners in both events were their juniors by over 30 years!