England’s swimming stars narrowly clinched the win over Team Scotland in the British Gas Battle of SwimBritain on Saturday 17 May 2014.
This friendly competition between the three home nations gave all of the swimmers a chance to size up the opposition in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the year.
The three SwimBritain teams also hoped their performances would inspire members of the public to get their own relay teams together and take part in the British Gas SwimBritain events in September 2014.
The England Team secured first with an impressive time of 11:28 for the teams collective 1000m. Scotland a close second, just seven seconds behind England, and Wales came third with a collective time of 12:10.
Despite the obvious competitive spirit, all of the swimmers shared camaraderie throughout the event. Both Aimee Willmott (England) and Robbie Renwick (Scotland) got new records for their 250m performances, Robbie knocking nine seconds of the men’s record and Aimee knocking an incredible 26 seconds off the women’s.
British Gas SwimBritain is a relay event which involves each team member swimming a distance of either 500m or 1000m depending on which course they choose when the team is registered. Each entered team member will swim the full distance in four legs, giving the public a chance to join athletes and SwimBritain ambassadors taking on the relays at pools across the nation in a celebration of swimming.
Registration of teams is now open. For more info, click here.
Aimee Willmott said about the event: “Challenges like SwimBritain; it’s the preparation that counts so a good training schedule can’t be underestimated.
“I’d love to see as many people as possible giving SwimBritain a go later this year and with the training app available to all participants alongside training plans, you have all the tools you need to put in your own medal-winning performance!”
Registration is now open for British Gas SwimBritain and teams can begin signing up and accessing all of the training tools online. Participating training pools are also now running instructor-led sessions to help the country prepare for the relay challenges at the end of the summer.
To find your nearest participating pool, register a team or for more information visit www.swimbritain.co.uk