The ASA National Masters Open Water Championships 2016 take place tomorrow, 23 July, at Rother Valley Country Park near Rotherham.
The two races, 1.5km and 3km, make up part of the inaugural ASA National Open Water Festival. The weekend features fun for the entire family to enjoy, as well as the National Age Groups Open Water Championships.
This year the Masters events have proven hugely popular, with 194 total entries over the two events.
There will be first time competitors as well as seasoned open water swimmers, all pitting themselves against others in their age group categories.
Masters swimmers defending their titles
Last year’s 80-84yrs champion in both the 1.5km and 3km events, Keith Godbehere of Rotherham Metro, is taking on the double once again. Keith is a prime example of how age is nothing but a number when it comes to swimming.
Harry Crisp of Norwich Swans put in a fantastic swim in last year’s competition. The young swimmer took the 1.5km gold in the 19-24yrs age group. He is entered into both races this year and will be looking to retain his title in the 1.5km.
Jennifer Titterington of Cambridge took both national titles in 2015. She saw off the competition in the 19-24yrs age group in style. She will also be aiming to hold onto her titles in the 1.5km and 3km events.
The Masters events will be split into waves due to the high number of entries again this year, with the 1.5km split into three waves and the 3km into four. The first race will start at 10am and the second at 2:30pm.
The 1,500m Challenge event
In between the two Masters events, there will also be the new 1,500m challenge event, which will see many newcomers to open water swimming taking part in a 1.5km course in the middle of the day.
Don’t forget, there is fun for all the family across the whole weekend, with a festival atmosphere and plenty to get excited about.
Entry for spectators is completely free, so bring along friends and family. They may even be inspired to get involved next year.