The Swim England Open Water Festival 2017 opened with a 2km team event.
The inaugural Team2K saw 11 teams take to the water in a relay style event.
Many of the swimmers were new to outdoor swimming. Elaine McNish, Swim England’s head of health and wellbeing, had her first training session swimming as part of Team Quake in my Wake just two weeks ago.
Elaine said “This was my first open water swim. Although I’ve done a lot of pool swimming, I’ve only been swimming outdoors for a couple of weeks so this was my first competition. I was a bit nervous before the race, but I absolutely loved it. I was swimming with a great team and the atmosphere was brilliant. I can’t wait to do it again.”
Thirteen-year-old Millie and 12-year-old Ashwin were the youngest competitors. Swimming with mums Chris and Helen, the Fab Four team enjoyed taking part in the event. They said: “We know each other from Trident and City of Lincoln Pentaqua swimming clubs and wanted to give it a go. We have had a really good time and would definitely do it again. Next year we are hoping for two teams – mums versus kids!”
The fastest team was Bexley Swimming Club, followed by the Blue Lagooners and the Chesterfield Allstars.
After the event participants were able to enjoy the Swim England Masters National Championships. There were also a range of stalls and a bouncy castle.