Hughes retains open water title on final day at Rother Valley
29 July 2013
Nathan Hughes retained his age group title on the final day of the British Gas ASA Open Water Championships 2013, held at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield.
The boys and girls 12/13/14 age group 1500m kicked off the morning’s action. Hector Pardoe (Ellesmere College) took home gold in a time of 19:13.50 for the 12 years category. Cleethorpes swimmer William Hendry and Tyler McLean (Ellesmere College) fought hard for silver and bronze, Hendry just ahead touching in 19:53.30 and McLean (19:53.80).
“I just wanted to try and get ahead of the pack, even with a tricky headwind up the far side.” – Nathan HughesHatfield swimmer Nathan Hughes came victorious for the second year running in his age group, 13 years. Hughes lead the pack for the majority of the course to cross the line in a time of 17:58.10 and knocking off two minutes off last years time.
Luke Parker (Ellesmere College) secured second place on the podium (18:46.50). Thomas Stacey (Team Mercia) claimed the bronze just shy of Parker with a time of 18:54.10.
It was a tight race for the 14 age group category. Charlie Humphries (Nova Centurion) secured the gold medal for the second year running in his age group finishing with a time of 18:00.60. Hugo Bellamy (Aversham) and William Ritchie (Camforth) showed no sign of giving up on a podium position as they made their way round the lake, Bellamy clocking 18:14.90 and Ritchie touching in 18:36.80.
Molly Webster (Farnham) claimed the gold medal in the 12 years age group category in a time of 20:38.40. City of Coventry’s Lydia Clarke declared the silver medal in 20:45.80 and Ellesmere College competitor Ellinor Southward took home the bronze with a time of 20:55.00.
Northampton’s Sarah Branch conquered the lake and took home the gold medal for the 13 years age group category (18:38.10). Murran Dairymple (Ellesmere College) crossed the line to finish second with a time of 18:46.00. LouLou Vos (Hillingdon) secured third place on the podium touching home in 18:47.50.
European Junior qualifier Rosie Rudin (Nova Centurion) dominated the girls 14 years age group race and stormed to the finish line in 18:26.30. Harriet Rothwell (Ellesmere College) took home the silver medal crossing in 18:34.20. Lilyella Craw-Seaman (Royal Wolverhampton) came in just shy of Rothwell in a time of 18:34.50.
City of Glasgow swimmer Scott Deans claimed the gold medal in the boys 15/16 age group 2000m touching home in a time of 23:20.40. Toby Robinson (Wolverhampton) secured the silver medal with a time of 23:22.70. Hatfield swimmer Timothy Shuttleworth claimed the bronze medal touching the home flag in 23:24.30.
Highland swimmer Rebecca Smith took home the gold in the girls race in the 15/16 age group category. Plymouth Leander swimmer Charlotte Hill secured second place in 24:07.40 and Ealings Erin Nabney fought hard to claim the bronze medal in a time of 24:18.40.
It was double gold for City of Glasgow swimmers Mark Deans and Camilla Hattersley in the boys and girls 17/18 age group 3000m. Deans completed his three laps of the course in 33:42.0 to take victory. West Suffolk swimmer Danny Proffitt showed shear strength as he swam neck and neck with Deans till the end finishing in 33:44.8. Timothy Robinson (Wandsworth) took home the bronze (34:05.8).
Camilla Hattersley stole the show in the girls race touching home in 35:35.6. City of Manchester Aquatics swimmer Lauren Toms claimed the silver in a time of 36:37.3 and Kate Alexander (Guilford City) secured the bronze in 36:39.1
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