CBHSC 1st Inaugural Open Water Event
The first ever Carn Brea and Helston swimming Club Open Water Meet was recently held at Stithians Lake on Sunday 19th July - a beautifully clear and sunny day. The event attracted over fifty entrants who had the option of taking part in a range of distances Ė either 5k, 3k or 1k. Similarly there was the option to race against fellow competitors following ASA guidelines where no wetsuits are permitted, or to compete in the wetsuit permitted category. The event allowed swimmers to select an event to suit their preferences and strengths. Competitors came from a range of different swimming backgrounds Ė whether seasoned open water swimmers, surf club competitors, first timers who are more used to pool swimming or those who simply wanted to take on a challenge.
The 5K womenís event was won overall by 14yr old Jazz Harbour from Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club in an impressive time of 1: 12.50. The first over 18s female in the 5K was Launceston SC masters swimmer, Frances Baker.
The race for 3K was hotly contested, with 15yr old Keia Wardman from Portreath SLSC just beating CBHSC swimmer Sara Mazzeo by a half second margin, coming in with a winning time of 46.27.The womenís 1K was another very close event. It was won overall by 16yr old Sian Temple of North Cornwall Dragons in a time of 14.01 but Sian was very closely followed by 19yr old Sam Trestrail of CBHSC, who was the winner of ASA non-wetsuit category.
In the menís 5 K event all competitors wore wetsuits, bar hardy veteran swimmer Peter Stephens. The overall winner of this event was open water supremo Hadden Page of CBHSC, who swims in the 44-49 age group. His time was a very swift 1.09.26. The winner of the 18-29 age group, Ben Proctor , came in second followed by the winner of the U18s, Noah Bygrave, who came in third, giving the Newquay Cormorants SC second and third place overall.
The first swimmer to emerge at the end of the menís 3k was 14yr old CBHSC swimmer Steven Lewis who continues to have a superb season with open water distance events. His winning time was 42.35. The first ASA non-wetsuit winner was fellow CBHSC swimmer 20yr old Keiren Townsend.
The menís 1k was won outright by 15yr old Euan Dungavel of Truro SC in a fast time of 13.36. One of the youngest swimmers at the event, Max Wilton of CBHSC, put in a tremendous swim to finish second overall in this event and first in the non-wetsuit category. It was Maxís 12th birthday on the day and the win provided an additional well-earned birthday present.
Awards were presented to the winners of each distance, category and age group, whilst the venue at Stithians Lake provided comfortable facilities for swimmers and spectators, with good visibility of all events. The meet was praised by competitors and spectators alike for its organisation, atmosphere and proficiency. It marked a new and very successful venture for Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club, who are already well established and highly regarded in the running of pool based swimming events. This event will become embedded as a regular fixture on the swimming calendar so swimmers can now look forward to its return in 2016.