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


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


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