Beth Britton wins Junior Open Water Trophy
24th June 2016
Beth Britton took part last week in the Arun swim. Following in the footsteps of many of her current and ex colleagues Beth finished as the fastest junior swimmer. Open water swimming is different to swimming in the pool but is good fun and all of you at some point should have go. Really well done to Beth who has worked hard all year in training, and stuck well to her programme that is designed to take her from the age group training she was used to into a more challenging senior programme. We asked Beth to write an account of her experience which makes great reading below.
As this was my first ever open water swim I was very nervous, I'm used to the comfort of a clear, warm swimming pool and from what various people had been telling me I was expecting a scramble at the start.
To begin with I did make the mistake of going a bit too quick so I slowed down and realised I was not exactly going in a straight line, more of a zigzag. You have to look up often to see where you are in comparison to the other swimmers but I found my rhythm and started to get warm. If I'm honest I had no idea how long I had been swimming for so just kept going until I saw the finish line! Then I picked up the pace and gave everything I had left.
So overall with a time of 55 minutes and 14 seconds I came 21st out of 366, and as for the females I came 5th out of 137. During the presentation at the end, to my surprise, my name was called out and I went up and asked "Where did I come?" And they replied, "You won the junior age group!" Not too bad I thought to myself, got a little trophy and a sports towel.
The atmosphere was supportive and there was a great sense of achievement, so if you aren't sure whether to try and do an open water swim, then just go for it!