Four members of the Masters swim team travelled to Ponds Forge in Sheffield this last week-end to compete alongside the best masters swimmers in the country in the Swim England short course National Masters Championships.
The star performance was from 42 year old Steve Allcock who had a great swim in the Mens 1500m finishing in Silver medal position in a time of 17min 57.31seconds – a time which would also have got him a medal in the much younger 25-29 year old age group, and the 30-34 age group AND the 35-39 age group. A great achievement and testament to the adage – it’s never too late!
Team mate Lee Williams swam at his first nationals as a masters swimmer and finished a very pleasing 5th in a strong field in the 50m Backstroke with a season’s best time of 32.21. He also finished 5th in the 100m Backstroke (1:12.46) and 11th in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 35.93.
Pam Lane was competing as a transplant athlete in the 55/59 age group. In the 50m Backstroke where she is European transplant champion she finished with a time of 50.06 which was an improvement on her Bronze medal time at the World Transplant Games in the summer. Pam also swam a season best time of 39.19 in her 50m Freestyle – a time that would have earned her the Bronze medal at the World Transplant Games. A very satisfying meet for her.
Carole Jepson had a very good swim in her 100m Breaststroke in the 35/39 age group where the competition was very close with a finger tip depriving her of Silver and Bronze medals. Carole finished in 4th place but with a pleasing time of 1:20.04. Competition was even tougher in the 50m Breaststroke with half a second dividing third to seventh places. Carole was pleased with her time of 36.46 which put her in 7th place.
In November, Carole and Lee will be joined by Grant Thompson and Elaine Fitchie who have all been selected to represent Lancashire at the Inter-Counties Masters event in Huddersfield. After that the next key event is in February 2020 where 12 members of the team will be taking part in the 39th International Forde Masters in Germany.