SWIM/Run results from 13 August

August15/ 2013

I’m sitting down to write this report just after reading the account of Paul’s AMAZING feat of swimming  Windermere – there and back. So it seems tame to report on a mere 700m swim and 5K run.  But nonetheless, it was a challenge for those who took part and it represents just what this club is all about. We encourage people in a huge range of events from small Club-based races to feats of endurance like Paul has just achieved.

Last Tuesday evening was calm in Steyning but surprisingly windy and gloomy in Shoreham and the sea was a little rough. We had five swimmers taking part, Jon, Shane, Simon (Marsden), Lydia and Moyra. After a brief briefing, they headed out into the water, to swim out to the second yellow buoy, and then head westwards (straight into the waves) towards the buoy at the turnaround point. Visibility was terrible and all complained that they couldn’t see the turnaround buoy at all – luckily Laurence, wearing his bright yellow hoodie, was acting as a beacon on the shoreline, level with the buoy and that helped. Shane was first to turn, having detoured a little too close to shore initially and he was followed soon after by Lydia, then Jon and Simon, and finally Moyra. (Moyra was taking her time as she was only doing the swim, not the run, and therefore stopped a few times to admire the view from offshore and practice a little breaststroke in rough water). It was a relief to those of us watching from the shore to see everyone safely returning to shore.

Shane was first out of the water, and was out on the run a full minute before Lydia hit transition. Jon and Simon followed a minute after Lydia and we were treated to a demonstration from Simon of how to do a leisurely transition. Sit down, dry your feet, change your shorts, socks on, (then off again) and finally out onto the run. He made up for it by posting the second fastest run split but still didn’t manage to catch Jon, Lydia or Shane. Shane was first home, Jon chased Lydia all the way on the run, almost making up the minute she had on him leaving transition, but didn’t quite manage to overtake and finished four seconds behind her. Simon romped home just over a minute later.

So the final results were as follows (the 5K is actually longer than 5K by the way!):




5K Run

Total time

Shane Bridgeman





Lydia Jordan





Jon Brook





Simon Marsden





Moyra Amess


Well done to all who took part, and a huge thank you to the helpers – to Jo for marshalling out on the run course, to Lawrence for acting as a land-based marker buoy, to Nigel for marshalling the T1 to Run section and to Dave (TV star in the making!) for scribing for me.

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