Seven Medals At National Masters

Twenty one year old Alex Mason spearheaded a highly successful weekend at the Swim England Masters championships in Sheffield with the club collecting a total of seven medals, and setting one East Region and two Beds County records. The squad of eight who competed  achieved over thirty top ten placings.

Having graduated from age group through to university championships, this Autum has seen Alex make his debut in Masters & Seniors competitions. He swam his best times of the year to collect bronze medals in both the 18-24 years’ 200m Breaststroke and the 400m Individual Medley. His time of 4:48.82 in the 400m IM demolished the previous County record by 20 seconds and was less than two seconds outside his age group’s East Region record. Swimming best times for the year in three further events the icing on the cake came with Alex claiming gold in the 400m Freestyle in a time of 4:17.01.

In the 60-64 years’ age group Graham Powell made a clean sweep of the silver medals in his 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke, finishing 4th in three other events and 5th in the 50m Butterfly. Five of his races saw Graham record his fastest times of the year, with his time of 2:43.14 in the 200m IM beating his own East Region and Beds County record from 2016 by nearly six seconds.

Colin Mayes, aged 62, was also in fine form recording best times for the year in all of his seven events, in each of which he finished in the top ten. His time in the 200m IM was six seconds faster than he had swum in 2016.

The club’s third medal winner was Dave Wright in the 55–59 years’ age group. Having already attained five top ten places, Dave came 4th in the 400m Freestyle with his time of 5:04.65 being just over two seconds outside the County record Come his final event of the weekend, the 200m Butterfly, Dave swam a well paced race to finish third in a time of 2:46.70.

L-R: Colin Mayes, Amy Pelling, Glenda Mayes, Pauline Harrington, Dave Wright, Graham Powell and Alex Mason. Front L-R: Alastair Gibb & John O’Rourke

Competing in the same age group, Alastair Gibb finished in the top ten in three of his seven events, with his best placing being 6th in the 400m IM.

In the 45-49 years’ age group John O’Rourke (aged 48) recorded his best times for the year in two events, the 100m and 400m IMs. His fifth position in the 400m IM came with a five second improvement whilst O’Rourke finished 11th in the 200m IM.

Glenda Mayes also claimed 5th place in her 50m Backstroke whilst finishing in the top ten in her three other races in the 60–64 years’ age group.

In a highly competitive field, 19 years old Amy Pelling finished just outside the top ten in two of her six events in the 18-24 years’ age group. Swimming in her first National Masters championships, Amy was 11th in the 100m and 12th in the 200m Backstroke.

After the weekend in Sheffield, the Men’s Team is currently up to 12th place in the British Team Decathlon competition with 18,365 points, smashing their previous best total of 16,495 points. Having so far this year competed in 39 qualifying out of a potential maximum of 40 events they are currently just an agonizing 65 points short of a top ten finish.

The Ladies have meanwhile risen to 115th place in their Team Decathlon competition. Their total of 6,379 points has been attained over just 21 from the potential maximum 40 events.