OWS Aquathlon Race 6 - 30 August 2014
The OpenWaterSwim.co.uk’s aquathlon race 6, held on Saturday 30 August, saw athletes return to the Little Marlow venue for the series final. In addition to racing for the podium places for race 6, the athletes were also racing for series points and the OWS series trophies.
Despite the water temperature having dropped more than 6 degrees since aquathlon race 5, the lead athletes had a fantastic swim with Gary Dressel first out of the water in a time of 10min 31, second was India Lee in a time of 10min35, beating her swim PB by 33 seconds, and third was Richard Munday in a time of 10min39.
Once out of transition, India Lee took only a short time before she gained the lead. With a busy elite racing schedule for 2014, India was only able to race 3 of the OpenWaterSwim.co.uk aquathlons but in each race she was 1st overall. Keeping to this tradition, India held on to finish in a time of 27min50. Eighteen seconds behind was Richard Munday, third was Ben Veitch in a time of 29min33, fourth Gary Dressel (30min04) and fifth overall and first junior was Kai Furnell-Brennan in a time of 30min54.
In the junior women’s race it was a battle fought out in the run between Hannah Alexander and Alice Horton. Alice was first out of the water with an 11 second lead over Hannah however Hannah worked hard on the run to take first junior female in a time of 37min19.
A number of our top athletes were unable to join us for race 6 due to racing in the World Triathlon and Aquathlon Champs in Edmonton. This included elite athlete Hannah Kitchen who finished 3rd in the elite women’s aquathlon in Edmonton, Michael Fabes who finished 4th in the 16-19yr age group aquathlon, Jess Thorpe and Austin Swain.
Aquathlon race 6, being the series final, was worth double points in determining the total series points and our 2014 Aquathlon Series Champions. Despite being absent for race 6, Michael Fabes was crowned OWS Aquathlon Overall Male Champion with Ben Veitch second and Kai Furnell- Brennan third. Mel Brookes was Overall Female Champion with Indie Lee second and Hannah Kitchen third. Prizes were also awarded for first junior male (Kai Furnell-Brennan), first junior female (Hannah Alexander), 40+ male (Sharkie Jaggard), 40+ female (Mel Brookes), 50+ male (Bruce Davidson) and 50+ female (Claire Moore). In addition to this, Kevin Spence took the most improved award reducing his personal best over the course of the season by 4min41.
Well done to all the athletes who took part in the OpenWaterSwim.co.uk 2014 Aquathlon Race Series. Dates for our 2015 series will be out during October. In the meantime, if you are looking to make some improvements in your swim, bike and run times, join us for our autumn and winter swim clinics (www.frontcrawlswimclinic.com), turbo training session (Mon & Wed 7pm) and track training sessions (details available on our website shortly).
OWS Swim Series Race 6 - 21 August 2014
A big congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in our 6th and final swim race for the 2014 season. A special congrats to Hannah Kitchen and David Stannard who both posted new course records in the 1500m and 3.8km swim race events respectively in (Hannah) 18:27 and (David) 52:28.
We saw a close race in the U16's 750m swim race with Grace Stockland getting a short lead on Sian Morgan to finish 6 seconds ahead in a time of 11:03. Sian's older brother, Daniel, also had a fantastic race sticking close to elite athlete Hannah Kitchen around the 1500m course and only losing two seconds to Hannah as they came into the finish. While having Daniel on her tail helped push Hannah to a new PB and course record!
We also saw a new course record in the 3.8km event with David Stannard taking victory in a time of 52min28.
OWS Aquathlon Race 5 - 2 August 2014
The OpenWaterSwim.co.uk Aquathlon Race 5 saw many new faces racing for the first time in the aquathlon series including elite Xterra athlete Louise Fox and Commonwealth Games athlete David Cottle, who represented Trinidad and Tobago in the triathlon in Glasgow. In addition to our first-time athletes, we had lots of familiar faces aiming for PBs and series points ahead of the final race of the series on Saturday 30 August.
An overcast and humid morning greeted the athletes as they arrived to register with a number of the athletes electing to swim without a wetsuit, as the water temperature was a lovely 24 degrees. The warm water contributed to a fast swim with our first place swimmer, Antonio Almaraz Serrano, setting a new course record. Antonio completed the 750m swim and moved through transition and onto the run in a fantastic time of 10min16. Eleven seconds behind him was our male (and junior) series leader Michael Fabes, in a time of 10min27, equalling his previous swim PB.
First female out the water was elite athlete Hannah Kitchen in a time of 11:08 (non-wetsuit swim). As Hannah was racing the London triathlon on Sunday she retired after the swim leaving the next four fastest female swimmers, Jess Thorpe (11:38 - non-wetsuit swim), Hannah Hawkens (12:26), Louise Fox (12:57) and Mel Brookes (13:41), to battle it out for the podium positions.
Saturday was a day of records with Kevin Spence smashing his PB by a huge 3min 8sec having reduced his 750m-swim time by 1min33 and his 5km run time by 1min35. Sarah Wenger too made some huge improvements, knocking 18 seconds off her swim PB and 25 seconds off her run PB. Matt Baker was 13 seconds quicker in the swim and 1min20 on the run. Jamie Young reduced his swim time by 20 seconds and Mark Stringer (20sec), Ben Veitch (38 sec) and Keith Wiltshire (18 sec) evidenced that practice does make perfect with PBs all round.
Out onto the run and Michael Fabes was flying, catching Antonio by the end of the first lap and holding the lead to finish in a new course record time of 27min31 – 31 seconds quicker then Michael’s previous PB. Ben Veitch, our race 2 male winner, also had a fast run moving through the field and up into second place with a time of 30min02. Antonio held on to second place in a time of 30min24, with our second place junior Kai Furnell-Brennan taking fourth overall in a time of 30min57.
Once out of transition, the leading ladies battled it out on the run course with Louise Fox showing her run strength taking first place in a time of 31min10. Second place, in 31min30, went to Jess Thorpe with Mel Brookes taking third in a time of 32min27. Hannah Hawkens had a fantastic first aquathlon, finishing first junior female and fourth lady in a time of 34min32.
Our final aquathlon race for the season will be on Saturday 30 August with this race contributing double points towards the overall series points tally. With great series prizes plus the champion cups up for grabs, it should be a fantastic morning of racing. To enter, head to www.openwaterswim.co.uk.
OWS Swim Series Race 5 - 31 July 2014
We had a great evening of swim racing tonight at our Little Marlow venue. A big congrats to all our competitors especially our juniors who posted some fantastic times.
Our final swim race of the series is on Thursday 21st August at 6:45pm. Online registration is available at www.openwaterswim.co.uk. We look forward to welcoming you then!
OWS Swim Series Race 4 17th July 2014
OWS Aquathlon Race 4 12th July 2014
Saturday brought sunshine and perfect racing conditions for race 4 in the OpenWaterSwim.co.uk’s Aquathlon race series held at Westhorpe Farm, Little Marlow. The Aquathlon, consisting of a 750m swim followed by a 5km run, brings together local athletes from 12 years old to 60 years young and novices to elites.
Race 4 took a fast pace from the gun, as regular podium finisher Michael Fabes pushed the swim leg in an attempt to get an early lead on the rest of the pack, especially swim course record holder Hannah Kitchen. Elite triathlete Kitchen however had other ideas, passing Fabes and managing to hold him off to exit first out the water in a new swim course record time of 10min21, 4 seconds quicker then her previous personal best. Michael benefited too from the rivalry in the water, exiting transition in a time of 10min27 – 33 seconds faster then his previous PB.
Swim PBs weren’t reserved for Hannah and Michael, with Kai Furnell-Brennan also posting a PB time of 10:53 - 29 seconds quicker then his previous race and placing him third out the water. Mel Brookes was 14 seconds quicker, placing eighth in a time of 13min27. Sarah Wenger also had a fantastic swim, knocking over 1 minute off her previous best swim time. And our youngest competitor, at 12 years of age, Mark Stringer also posted a swim PB with a time of 16:23 - 7 seconds faster then his previous race.
Onto the run, Michael continued with the fast pace, catching Hannah early to take the lead however with the Shock Absorber elite women’s triathlon to follow on Sunday, Hannah let Michael go and eased around the course to finish fourth overall and first female. Michael‘s run, like his swim, was too strong for the rest of the field taking first place overall in a time of 28min02 – 47 seconds faster then his previous personal best and the first time he has topped the podium. At 16 years of age, Michael is a young athlete to watch.
The juniors were showing the seniors how it’s done with 14 year old Kai Furnell-Brennan taking second place, 8 seconds in front of newcomer Jim Thorn who finished third. In the ladies race, Mel Brookes finished second female and sixth overall with Olivia Ross-Hurst placing third.
Local triathlon club, Berkshire Tri Squad and local running club Datchet Dashers were represented in the team event, which saw Kevin Spence and Anna Spence take on Jamie Young and Chris Murray. The team event is a new addition to the aquathlon race series and allows new comers to the sport to perform one discipline of the race while a teammate completes the other.
OpenWaterSwim.co.uk is located at Westhorpe Farm, Westhorpe Farm Lane, Little Marlow and is open for open water swimming every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5pm to dusk, Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and certain Thursday evenings for our swim race series. Aquathlon Race 5 is on Saturday 2 August. For more information visit www.openwaterswim.co.uk.
OWS Swim Race Series - Race 3 - Thursday 26 June
The third instalment of the OWS swim race series ‘An introduction to open water racing’, was a mixed affair with the weather. The afternoon started warm and sunny, as had been the case for the past ten days or so. But by the start of the race the air had cooled and the rain had started. With the water temperature above 22 degrees it was strange to see dark grey clouds looming on the horizon. Mist appeared in the corners of the lake as the three races, 750m, 1500m and 3.8km, set off at the sound of the horn.
Kevin Ormerod led from start to finish in the 750m event, finishing in a time of 12:14. In the 1500m swim race Hannah Kitchen had a commanding lead over the rest of the field and after a hard week of training was pleased to finish close to nineteen minutes in 19:16. Second place went to India Lee and third to Jennifer Dunleavy. All three ladies had a significant lead over the first male finisher, Patrick Dunleavy, who in closing the gap on his daughter improved his previous time by 24 seconds! Other significant improvements were seen by Mira Pavlatova who was 48 seconds ahead of her previous best and, in the 3.8km event, Chris Carter managed a 34 second personal best. With the courses remaining the same throughout the series, these are genuine improvements and significant motivation to continue with regular training.
The 3.8km distance proved the most popular with our entrants as Ironman races fast approach. So it was no surprise that the race produced some fast times. Austin Swain from Lane4 crossed the finish line in this season’s fastest 3.8km time of 54:32. Not far behind and all the way from Brazil was Luiz Eduardo Castro, who is visiting the area for a month and swimming in several other races including The Henley Classic and The Boulter’s to Bray. First female over the finish line was Rachel Coleman, significantly under the hour in 56:19.
With regular lake training sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5pm and Saturday morning swims starting from 12th July, those who wish to race in the series can have plenty of practice in advance of the next race on the 31st July. Please enter here.
OWS Aquathlon Race 3 - Saturday 21 June 2014
On the most glorious Saturday morning to date this year, OpenWaterSwim.co.uk had their third aquathlon of the 2014 season. Such a sunny and still morning gave the promise of super fast times and PBs and we were not disappointed.
Having lead the elite women out of the swim at the Windsor Triathlon last weekend, Hannah Kitchen continued this trend and also set a new swim course record with a swim and transition time of 10min25. Next out of the water was youngster Michael Fabes in a time of 11min, 49 seconds quicker than his swim leg in race 1 in early May. Close on Michael’s heels was race 2’s overall winner, India Lee, with a swim and transition time of 11min15.
Many of the returning competitors broke their swim PB in today’s race, helped in part by the increased water temperature of 20.2 degrees, but none quite as convincingly as Jamie Young and Kevin Spence who smashed their previous swim times from race 1 by 2min33 and 1min37 respectively!
While the rest of the field were exiting the water and navigating transition, a battle was being fought for first place out on the run course between our top 4 competitors – Hannah, India, Michael and Mat Clarkson. With the recent warm weather the previously wet and muddy run course had dried hard creating an exceptionally fast run. An unexpected consequence of the hardened of the surface was the ease at which sharp corners could be cut and fast lines found, setting up further PBs.
India caught Hannah at the end of the third lap and the two girls continued to fight to stay clear of the two men, the young and improving Michael Fabes and former series champion Mat Clarkson. Meanwhile not far behind, another junior Kai Furnell-Brennan and the senior Austin Swain (50-55) were in battle for fifth.
While Mat managed to catch Michael, neither managed to overtake the ladies, making it three aquathlons in a row that first place (and in this case, also second) was taken by the ladies. India maintained the lead to finish in a time of 27:59 with Hannah close behind in a time of 28:24.
With one final place left on the women’s podium strong swimmer Jennifer Cardy looked solid in third place going into the final lap. However, series veteran, Mel Brookes was closing fast and by the end of the final lap had overhauled Jennifer to finish third in the women’s race.
The video of the race can be found here .
The next aquathlon race in the OWS Series is on the 12th July enter online here.
The OWS swim race series continues on Thursday 26th July enter online here.
Swim Race Series - Race 2 - Thursday 5 June
Our second swim race in the 2014 series was blessed with still conditions and a break from the recent rain, providing perfect race conditions for some fast swimming and PBs - and we were not disappointed! All of our swimmers departed together - with those racing the 1500m completing one full lap of the lake and those taking on the 3.8km event having to complete 2 full laps and one half lap to reach the finish.
Hannah Kitchen and India Lee, both racing the 1500m event, lead the field from the gun. Hannah took the lead after the first buoy, with India taking prime position just on Hannah's feet however Hannah was able to pull away towards the finish to take first in a time of 18:46 with India less than 30 seconds behind in a time of 19:15. The ladies will be racing each other again this weekend in the Elite wave of the Blenheim Triathlon - we wish you both a great race!
The ladies continued to dominate in the 1500m event with Jennifer Dunleavy taking third in a time of 21:35. Jennifer was extremely happy, not only to have beaten her dad who came fourth in a time of 23:13, but also to have beaten her 1500m time from last year by over 6 minutes. And Jennifer's improvement was also evident from her time in our race 1 (having completed in the 750m race in a time of 12:06) swimming 10sec faster per 100m. What a great effort!
The "chicking" continued in the 3.8km event with Beky Cann taking first once again in a fantastic time of 1hr6sec, taking 56 seconds off her PB which she set in race 1. Beky took joint first place in the 3.8km event in race 1, having swum side by side with Helen Lawrenson, pushing each other to a fantastic time of 1hr1min2sec. Unfortunately Helen could not make race 2 but we are all looking forward to race 4 when hopefully both ladies will be back to take each other on again.
Second in the 3.8km race and first male, Matt Conrad-Jones had a great swim despite not feeling 100%, finishing in a time of 1hr2min38sec. Both Matt and Beky are in the final stages of their training for the Nice Ironman - we wish them both a super fast swim and a fanastic race!
Taking our most improved prize this race was Jo Gundle swimming a significantly faster 1500m than twice her previous 750m time.
With 3 weeks before the next swim race, and temperatures set to rise, I'm sure we will see more course records and PBs in race 3. Great prizes up for grabs including most improved. To enter online, click HERE.
OpenWaterSwim.co.uk Swim Race - Race 2 - Results
OWS Aquathlon Race 2 - Saturday 24 May 2014
After enjoying a stunning few days of weather recently, the final May bank holiday weekend started very wet indeed. With the air temperature cool and water temperature warm, mist was rising on the lake as athletes approached the start line.
Conditions were even wetter than the first race so course records were unlikely however the rain could not effect the swim times. Fastest around the 750m course in race 1 was Hannah Kitchen in 11:18. In today's race, India Lee lead the field and exited transition in a time of 11:08 setting a new standard for the swim through transition time and only eight weeks after breaking her wrist!
Second out of the water, beating her own swim transition pb and record, was Hannah Kitchen. Hannah wasn't alone in beating her swim transition time pb - all of our athletes who had competed in both race 1 and today's race 2 improved on their swim times with special mentions for Jennifer Londe with an improvement of 55 sec on the swim, Kai Furnell-Brennan - 48 sec faster, Tom Hales - 45 sec faster and David Young - 43 sec faster.
Once onto the wet run India was in her element showing a muddy pair of heels to the rest of the field, including the men, to finish in 1st place overall in a time of 29:40. Closely following India out of transition was Hannah. As with the first aquathlon in the OWS series, Hannah will be racing twice this weekend as she travels up to Shropshire to race for qualification to represent GB at the World Champs later this year. With this in mind, it was clear Hannah was conserving her energy on the run as she cruised along to finish 2nd female and 7th overall.
Chasing down the ladies out of transition was youngster Kai Furnell-Brennan who exited transition in 3rd place. Second male out of the swim was newcomer Ben Veitch who moved through the field with the fastest run split of the day (18:26) to finish 1st male and 2nd overall. Kai managed to hold on to third place (2nd male and 1st junior) to finish in a time of 31:31 - a 23 second improvement on his results from race 1.
With a month to go before the next race, and temperatures set to rise, I'm sure we will see more course records and PBs in race 3. Great prizes up for grabs including fastest junior male and female and most improved. To enter online, click HERE. Also check out for photos and videos of the event.
Swim Race Series - Race 1 - Thursday 22 May
OpenWaterSwim.co.uk - Aquathlon Race 1 - Saturday 10 May
On a damp May morning, but with the lake unusually warm for this time of year, OpenWaterSwim.co.uk held the first aquathlon in its 2014 series. A new course and at a new venue, meant course records were up for grabs.
In the men's race we saw OWS aquathlon regular, the youngster Michael Fabes, take on the experienced Stephen Skates, who is nearly twice his age. The women's field saw young elite athlete Hannah Kitchen, after a successful winter cross country season, aim to improve on last seasons series and regain the OWS aquathlon female course record. Melanie Brookes also joined the starting line up, looking to retain the women's 40+ trophy.
Not long after the gun went, a lead group formed including Stephen Skates, Michael Fabes and Hannah Kitchen. However shortly after reaching the first buoy, Hannah Kitchen had split from the front pack as a result of taking the most direct route. On reaching the second buoy, Hannah had a slight lead which she extended to 31 seconds to lead out the water and out of transition onto the run.
Out onto the 5km run course, Hannah retained her lead for the first of the four laps, with Michael Fabes close behind. Stephen however clearly had his skates on as he closed in on the young athletes ahead. Despite the drizzle, the flat run course allowed for some fast times to be posted, settling the bar high for the rest of the season. This was especially true for our top three finishers with Stephen holding the lead to finish with a superb run time of 16:28, followed by the outstanding youngster Michael coming in at 17:10 and our first lady and third overall, Hannah with 17:55.
Hannah, annoyed at not holding the men off in Saturday's aquathlon, raced again on Sunday at Hatch End Triathlon and this time managed to maintain the lead to the finish line successfully chick'ing the whole mens field.
OpenWaterSwim.co.uk's next aquathlon is on Saturday morning 24 May at their Little Marlow venue at Westhorpe Watersports. Great prizes (not to mention course records) are up for grabs including for best male and female junior, and first 40+, 50+ and 60+ me and women. For more information and to enter head here.
Aquathlon Race Series 2014 Race 1:
Aquathlon Race 6 Series Final 7th September 2013:
Aquathlon Series Points Table upto race 5:
Open Water Swim.co.uk Swim Series Race 6 21st August 2013:
Aquathlon Series Race 5 17th August 2013:
OWS Aquathlon Race 5 Report 17th August 2013
Almost perfect conditions welcomed the Aquathletes to race 5 of the OWS Aquathlon Series 2013. With the water temperature just over 20 degrees fast swim times were expected, but we were not prepared for the stunning performance by Katie Henderson.
Fresh from victory the previous weekend at the English Senior Aquathlon Championships, Katie lead the 750m swim from the gun exiting the water and leaving transition in a superb 9:07. Hot on her heals was Glen Hall in 9:08 and third onto the run was Richard Stannard in 9:16.
Richard Stannard ran from third to first on the run and not too far behind was the fast improving 15 year old Michael Fabes one to watch in the future. But the true action was in the women’s race. Katie Henderson had a forty second lead over second female, Hannah Kitchen, at the start of the 3 lap 5km run. Hannah narrowed the gap on each lap and with half a lap to go it looked like she may catch Katie who had beaten Hannah by eight seconds at the Nationals the previous week. Katie, however, had other ideas and responded to Hannah’s attacking run, holding on to win by three seconds and breaking the course record in a time of 28:30.
The Open Water Swim Aquathlon Series women’s course record has now been broken three times this season. Once by Hannah Kitchen, once by India Lee in race 4 (who finished third in race 5), and now by Katie Henderson with Hannah also breaking India’s previous record. Katie, Hannah and India will all be in action in the Aquathlon World Championship in Hyde Park on 11th September, however, they may all go head to head again in a dress rehearsal on the 7th September in the OWS Aquathlon final race Race 6.
OWS Aquathlon Course Records: (750m Swim 5km Run)
Women's Record: Katie Henderson (17/08/2013) Swim: 9:07 Run: 19:23 Total: 28:30
Men’s Record: Richard Stannard (10/06/2007) Swim: 8:40 Run: 16:02 Total: 24:42
To enter the final race in the series ENTER HERE.
Open Water Swim.co.uk Swim Series Race 5 7th August:
Aquathlon Series Race 4 20 July 2013:
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Aquathlon Series Race 3 22 June 2013:
Open Water Swim.co.uk Aquathlon Series Race 3 22 June 2013
After a few days of summer sun hitting the lake, the water temperature soared to a wonderful 17.6 degrees which on Saturday morning was warmer than the air temperature! This made a pleasant change for those racing the third race in the OWS series, who could not wait to get in the water.
At the briefing Richard Stannard informed the athlete’s he would once again be wearing his sponges during the swim section, putting his six year unbeaten record in OWS aquathlons on the line. Richard, who is trying to regain his World Championship aquathlon crown this year in Hyde Park, is likely to have to beat the current champion Richard Varga from Slovakia in London. In order to do this Stannard will have to swim with the current ‘fastest man in the water’ Varga, who lead out the Olympic Games Triathlon last year in Hyde Park. The sponges are one of the tools the world most successful aquathlete will use to get to the top of the podium.
With the aquathlon field made up of experienced veterans and up and coming youngsters in both the women’s and men’s competitions, the race was going to be fast from the gun. The early lead went to Pavan Rooprai who shot out of the deep water start. Next to him was Richard Stannard, swimming the inside line. In the women’s field ,fresh from her silver at British Elite Championships in Windsor in only her second triathlon, was India Lee. Indie, who has been suffering a tummy bug all week post her stunning performance, led former world number one duathlete and London World Championship qualifier Annie Emmerson throughout the swim. In the men’s race however, it was Richard Stannard who took the lead after 400m and began to pull away from the chasers.
Out of the water and now free of his sponges Richard was closely followed by Pavan and former series champion Deon Coetzee. A fast transition allowed Richard to gain a small advantage onto the run which began to extend as the athletes reached the spit. In the women’s race both Indie and Annie struggled with their wetsuits in transition and headed out onto the run together, however it was the experience of the former world number one which prevailed, with Annie finishing the three lap 5kms ahead. Indie finished 19 seconds behind closely followed by fastest female runner on the day Mel Brookes.
In the men’s race Stannard held off Rooprai with Deon finishing third ahead of fastest runner on the day Matt Clarkson. With the series prize still wide open in both the Women’s and Men’s fields the next race on 20th July looks set to be a cracker!
Enter online at www.openwaterswim.co.uk
SWIM RACE SERIES 2013 RACE 2:
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Race 2 25th May 2013:
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With the Bank Holiday weekend set for lovely weather, the second Open Water Swim Aquathlon for 2013 took place Saturday morning in Datchet under blue skies. However, with the changeable weather we have been having, the water could only be described as chilly. It was Richard Stannard towing his trademark sponges who led out of the water in 9min50, some 18 seconds faster than race 1 despite the cold conditions. Hot on his heals with a super fast transition, was the youngster Sam Wade in 9min54.
In the women’s race, it was former world number one duathlete Annie Emmerson vs newcomer and current European duathlon age group champion India Lee. India lead out of the swim in a superb personal best of 11min13, 1min4sec faster than race 1. Annie was second out in 11min54 but lost a little time sitting in transition to put on her shoes - not a technique used to win her Bronze at the European triathlon championships in 2001!
Out on the run, Sam Wade stormed to victory in 26min28 recording a 16min34 run split. Second went to series veteran Mat Clarkson in 28min39 and third to a surprised Richard Munday in 29min04. Bringing it home for the ladies and fourth overall was India Lee in a quick 29min21. Annie Emmerson crossed the line in second in 31min38. And rounding up the podium, having stormed through the field was Mel Brookes in a time of 33min15.
The next race in the series is on 22 June. Enter online at www.openwaterswim.co.uk. Between now and then, if you are looking to improve your open water swimming, Richard Stannard is pleased to bring you his Open Water Swim Masterclass on the 1st June with video analyse of the mass race start. Sign up online at www.owsmasterclass.com.
Race 1 4th May 2013:
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Open Water Swim.co.uk Aquathlon Series Race 1, Datchet 4th May 2013
Saturday morning saw the first race in the OpenWaterSwim.co.uk Aquathlon Series. With London hosting the ITU World Championships in September the summer series of Aquathlons could prove extremely useful training for those hoping to medal at the ITU season finale.
Despite the bitterly cold winter spring has arrived in force over the last few weeks and the lake is considerably warmer than this time last year at 13.8 degrees.
Race organiser Richard Stannard who is also preparing for the ITU World Championships was not first out of water as expected but it was newcomer Glen Hall in 9.51, followed out of transition by an in form Hannah Kitchen and then Stannard. Just over 30 seconds back was the real super star of the day 14 year old Michael Fabes in his second year racing at Datchet, was only a minute back out of the water and gaining on the leaders.
Stannard moved into the lead on lap one of the 3 lap run, with Fabes, Richard Munday and Darrel Oliver all hot on the heels of Hall and Hannah Kitchen who had moved into second. With each lap the positions changed and the runners in the field started to make their presence felt. Former series champion Mat Clarkson was charging through the field and also running extremely strong was new comer and recent European Duathlon Age Group Champion India Lee. It is interesting to note that Indie as she is known is also racing Sunday in the GB Age Group Aquathlon Qualifier at Box End, with so little experience in multi sport the former track star who ran at Iowa State, was using the Open Water Swim Series race as a warm up! Along with Michael Fabes it may be a case of watch this space!
Crossing the line ahead of the field was Richard Stannard, Mat Clarkson with the fastest run of the day takes the first prize and with his fastest run to date on the off road 5km 15 year old Michael Fabes finished with a 17.52 run split to take the prize for second. In the women’s race Hannah Kitchen held on for the win in 29.11, with fastest run going to India Lee in 18.03 for second and Faith Cripps finished third.
The next race in the series is on 25th May. Enter online here.
Series Results 2012:
Race 6: 8th September 2012
Race 5: 18 August 2012
Race4:21 July 2012
Wednesday Night 750m or 1500m.
22nd August 2012: