Distance Free Trophies

There are four Distance Free trophies, awarded to the fastest senior and junior (U16) swimmers in the 800m and 1500m Freestyle at the ASA National Championships.

Distance Free Trophies

Click or tap the name of the trophy below to find out more about each.

Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free)Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free)

The Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free) is awarded to the fastest male senior swimmer in the 1500m Freestyle at the National Winter Championships (25m).

Until 2015, the Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free) was awarded to the fastest male senior swimmer in the 1500m Free at the ASA National Championships (50m).

Timothy Shuttleworth
  • Year: 2016
  • Names: Timothy Shuttleworth
  • Team: Loughborough University
  • Time: 14:24.00

Past Winners: Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free)

YearWinnerClubTime
2015Jay LelliottBath University14:39.49
2014Joel KnightMillfield15:28.26
2013Stephen MilnePerth City15:23.40
2012Sergii FrolovUkraine15:19.36
2011Richard CharlesworthHatfield15:30.75
2010Richard CharlesworthHatfield15:25.03

History of the Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free)

Horace Davenport was president of the Swimming Association of Great Britain from 1880 to 1883 and again from 1890 to 1894.

He was also a great swimmer and won many of the first trophies which were at the time not perpetual. If a swimmer won the trophy three years in a row they got to keep it.

The Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free) was originally awarded to the winner of the annual one mile swimming championship.

Brigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial TrophyBrigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial Trophy

The Brigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial Trophy is awarded to the fastest female senior swimmer in the 800m Freestyle at the National Winter Championships (25m).

Until 2015, the trophy was awarded to the fastest female senior swimmer in the 800m Free at the ASA National Championships (50m).

Holly Hibbott
  • Year: 2016
  • Names: Holly Hibbott
  • Team: Stockport Metro
  • Time: 8:19.19

Past Winners: Brigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial Trophy

YearWinnersClubTime
2015Aimee WillmottLondon Aquatics Centre PP8:19.81
2014Jessica ThielmannDerwentside8:29.73
2013Rachel WilliamsBath University8:42.75
2012Rebecca AdlingtonNova Centurion8:19.03
2011Rebecca AdlingtonNova Centurion8:24.77
2010Sasha MatthewsNova Centurion8:40.43

History of the Brigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial Trophy

Brigadier Welchman was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery from RMA Woolwich in 1914 and served in France, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia.

Between the wars, his postings included instructor at the School of Artillery and Assistant Superintendent at the Shoeburyness Experimental Establishment.

In 1939 he was commanding 28 Field Regiment in India, taking his regiment to East Africa as part of 5th Indian Division, supporting 10 Indian Brigade, commanded by Brigadier WE Slim. Both Welchman and Slim were lightly wounded in the same Italian air attack.

Welchman re-joined his regiment in time for the Keren battle. He returned to India and became Commander, Royal Artillery (CRA) of 17th Indian Division in India and Burma and then Commander, Corps Royal Artillery (CCRA) of Slim’s 1st Burma Corps before finally becoming Brigadier, Royal Artillery (BRA) of the 14th Army, where he remained for the rest of the war.

Welchman assumed the duties of hon secretary in 1926 of the Army Swimming Union and held this post for 10 years, during which he accomplished invaluable work in helping to raise the standard of Army swimming.

In 1953, he was elected ASA President, having been nominated by the Western Counties ASA. This is an honour no other serving or former Army Swimming Union individual had matched before or has matched since.

Surbiton SC TrophySurbiton SC Trophy

The Surbiton SC Trophy is awarded to the fastest male junior swimmer in the 1500m Freestyle at the National Winter Championships (25m).

Originally awarded for the half mile event and promoted by the Sporting Life paper, Surbiton Swimming Club presented the cup as a perpetual trophy to be awarded annually to the winner.

Until 2015, the trophy was awarded to the fastest male swimmer in the 1500m Free at the ASA National Youth Championships (50m).

Samuel Osborne
  • Year: 2016
  • Names: Samuel Osborne
  • Team: City of Birmingham
  • Time: 15:34.73

Past Winners: Surbiton SC Trophy

YearWinnerClubTime
2015Nathan HughesHatfield15:26.04
2014Daniel JervisSwansea Aquatics15:17.68
2013Nicholas GraingerCity of Sheffield15:26.97
2012Stephen MilnePerth City15:36.90
2011Jack BurnellLincoln Vulcans15:40.73
2010Thomas SunterCity of Sheffield15:36.69
Willesden CupWillesden Cup

The Willesden Cup is awarded to the fastest female junior swimmer in the 800m Freestyle at the National Winter Championships (25m).

The Willesden Cup – also known as the C P Parkin Trophy – is awarded in memory of Cyril P. Parkin who was ASA President in 1973. Cyril was a long-standing Southern Counties official whose contribution to the sports spanned four decades from post World War II through to the 1970s.

Until 2015, the trophy was awarded to the fastest female swimmer in the 800m Free at the ASA National Youth Championships (50m).

Annalea Davison
  • Year: 2016
  • Names: Annalea Davison
  • Team: Newcastle Swim Team
  • Time: 8:33.82

Past Winners: Willesden Cup

YearWinnerClubTime
2015Annalea DavisonNewcastle Swim Team8:40.13
2014Ellena JonesSwansea Aquatics8:44.68
2013Rachael WilliamsonKingston on Hull8:46.86
2012Jessica ThielmannCity of Newcastle8:38.88
2011Danielle Hall-JacksonCity of Leeds8:39.30
2010Danielle Hall-JacksonCity of Leeds8:44.58
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