Well it seems that summer whizzed by in a flash, and Bircotes Swimming Club took a well deserved break – although our swimmers kept on swimming in their leisure time and on their holidays. We returned with a vengeance and this last weekend competed in our first event at Ponds Forge: the Robin Hood 2018 Open Meet hosted by Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club. We took 16 swimmers (some of our swimmers are pictured at the event) and competed in a total of 66 races. We had a great success with a great haul of Personal Bests, some swimmers achieving medals (Dom and Jake) and 2 more swimmers achieving County times (Seb and Jake) in 2 events. We know exactly what we need to focus on to continue improving and shaving milliseconds (yes, it is milliseconds that count!) off those race times. Elliot Clogg, an ex-member of the hosting club and Commonwealth swimmer was also present at the gala, and some of our swimmers were lucky enough to meet him.
An update from our Swimathon which you may recall was held in August. This was a sponsored swim (notably on an incredibly hot day, when the poolside officials were wilting... and they weren't the ones swimming for miles!). We raised a grand total of £704 to be shared equally between Asthma UK and the Club. Thank you to all those who supported the swimmers which included some as young as 6, and others who swam distances of 5 miles.
We have a packed calendar of events coming up – we have a friendly gala with Retford Swimming Club for the younger members of our Club and a big gala for the older competing swimmers the following week in Matlock. By the time you read this, we will have competed at both of those and be preparing for our next one a few weeks later. We wish our swimmers every success and hope to continue gathering a haul of PBs, medals and County times.