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MASTERS ENDURE UPSTREAM EVENT

MASTERS ENDURE UPSTREAM EVENT

 

Sunday 28 June (or is it still Saturday?!) 1:30am wake up! 

Heading out for a 4:30am race start...must be the Henley Classic! The 2.1km upstream swim as the sun is rising might not be everyones ideal race but for five hearty Masters it was just the challenge we were looking for!
 
The conditions were perfect for a fast race, water temperature 18.5C, low current. We set off in waves with Hilary Johnson in the Elite wave followed by the waves of male and female swimmers in wetsuits and then the "Traditional" wave, no wetsuits, followed lastly by the "Sporting" wave. 540 competitors in total.
 
Hilary finished the race in 35:43 making her first female Masters 55+ and 80th overall. Nuala Muir-Cochrane swam a blistering 34:03 winning the Traditional category outright (beating all competitors in that category, male and female) and finishing 57th overall. Lucy Ogilvie swam a superb 35:09 making her 70th overall. Elizabeth Knowles managed to shave 10 minutes off her time from last year and finished in 42:45, 236 overall. Stephanie Afaganis finished in 58:16 in the Sporting Category.
 
A wonderful event, superbly organised...and we were home for breakfast!