Exmouth swimmers make their mark in lake District

12:10 28 August 2014

The four Exmouth swimmers who did so well at Ullswater in the Lake District

The four Exmouth swimmers who did so well at Ullswater in the Lake District

Archant

Four long distance swimmers from Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society travelled to the Lake District to compete in two races organised by the British Long Distance Swimming Association, writes Ian Lang.

First up was the Ullswater championship which is a seven mile race from end to end!

With hurricane Bertha promising to spice things up a little, the race got underway early in calm conditions.

However, by the end of the race the wind picked up, white horses for the accompanying kayaker, Jordan Hamilton to deal with.

First man home in a time of three hours-and-one minute to land the impressive trophy for the winner, was Exmouth swimmer Olly White, who was competing in the freestyle race.

White was involved in quite a tussle for the lead for much of the race, but pulled away over the final two miles.

Mark Westaway, competing in the breaststroke event, not only won his race, but knocked an astonishing 36 minutes off the old record finishing in 3:49 and this is a record that is likely to stand for some time!

Having dominated the Ullswater event on the Saturday of the two-day meeting Exmouth fielded two swimmers, Jamie Page and Adam Tapp, in the five-mile Derwent Water championship.

The Exmouth swimmers were quickly into their stroke and took an early lead.

Page used all his experience of swimming the Channel in 2012 to set a good pace, but Tapp, who is more accustomed to pool swimming, revelled in the calm conditions and it was he who emerged victorious in a time of 2:06 with Page swimming into second place in 2:16.

Only one other Exmouth swimmer has ever won a BLDSA event, Alan Franks back in 1997.

Exmouth are experiencing a golden era of open water swimming with many talented youngsters coming through.

For more info visit www.exmouthswimming.org

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 08:02

Point-to-Point horse racing enthusiast will be heading to Black Forest Lodge this coming weekend, where it’s the turn of the Silverton to host their meeting on Sunday (January 22), writes Donna Harris.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:02

Beer Albion Reserves beat South Zeal 4-3 in a thrilling Macron League Division Five contest at the Furzebrake on Saturday to earn much needed points, writes Richard Honnor .

Read more
Tue, 11:50

The first action of 2017 in the Honiton Netball League saw the top two Division One sides in action, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Mon, 12:20

Sidmouth A made it two wins from two outings in the Sidmouth Leisure Centre Indoor Cricket League with victory over Clyst Hydon A.

Read more
Mon, 09:00

Sidmouth Warriors Under-9s defeated Lympstone B 7-0 when the pair met in an Exeter Youth League game.

Read more
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sidmouth Town sprung a big South West Peninsula League Eastern Division surprise with a 5-3 win at Appledore.

Read more
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sidmouth ladies welcomed the Devon Lady Patrons for an enjoyable afternoon of bowls followed by a lovely afternoon tea, writes Susie Bonnell

Read more
Friday, January 13, 2017

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) men’s teams return to action this Saturday (January 14).

Read more
Friday, January 13, 2017

Ottery St Mary became the first team to stop the winning run of Macron League Four leaders Thorverton as they held the Thors to a 2-2 draw in Mid Devon.

Read more
Friday, January 13, 2017

Sidmouth Running Club had one senior and two junior members involved at the South West Club and County Cross Country Championships, held at Exeter Racecourse, writes Terry Bewes.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications