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Great Eastern Delight for Open Water Harry

There were impressive performances in and out of the pool for City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) at the weekend.

In the pool, the club dominated the annual Cambs Cup competition in Cambridge, while in a reservoir somewhere near Ipswich, Harry Whiteman was storming to victory in the Great East Swim.

Whiteman (16) took the honours in the ‘5k mens elite category’ at Alton Water in a time of one hour, two minutes and 17 seconds.

He finished a minute clear of his nearest rival and seven minutes ahead of the third-placed swimmer. There were 171 swimmers in the race and the majority were older.

And he’s certainly no stranger to open water success.

He gained a podium finish in the 2016 Regional Open Water Championships to qualify for last year’s English National Championships and is on the Eastern Region Talent Pathway for potential consideration for the GB open water squad.

Next step is the Great London Swim on July 1 and then two weeks later the 2017 Open Water Regional Championships where he will again be looking for a podium finish to secure entry into the British Nationals.Open Water swimming is growing in popularity and Whiteman joins a group of COPS swimmers (ages 10-17) who train at Tallington Lakes each week.

The online newspaper article can be found here.