Shortly after lockdown measures were eased, East Leeds members were back in racing suits. Veteran Open Water swimmer Nick Parkes has taken part in nearly every open water swim the country has had to offer, notably placing on the podium, in his age group, on every occasion.
Results from events are as follows:
Epic Swim Wigan
Three sprint converts converged on Wigan to compete at Epic Swim’s 750m and 1,500m races. James Barwick embarked on his first ever Open Water race with a 20th overall finish in 1,500m event. World record holders, Paul Clemence and Nina Williams were both in a class of their own, winning their respective age group and the overall titles in the 750m event. Paul, who usually doubles up in the 50m and 100m freestyle events, entered both the 1,500m and 750m races. His success continued in the 1,500m event, dominating his age group and placing 9th in the Open.
Epic Swim Coniston
A lone East Leeds member travelled to Coniston to tackle the gruelling 3,800m and 1,500m races. Nick Parkes, an open water doyen showed his class, winning his age group (50+) with ease. Placing 4th and 9th overall, respectfully.
Chill Swim Ullswater
Just 3 weeks after his stellar performance in Coniston, Nick took on his toughest open water swim of the year. Tackling both the 3,800m and 1,500m once again. Again, Nick dominated his age group, taking 1st place. Nick also placed 6th overall, in both events. Parkes had this to say on social media, following the event “Absolutely bashed to hell by the waves and wind, I’m actually pleased coming in 6th overall in both races”.
Epic Swim Windermere
East Leeds members showed true dominance at this year’s Epic Swim Windermere. The event was again, organised by Epic Swim, who put on a well organised, COVID compliant event. Tim Hobbs, the distance wizard, bulldozed the field winning his age group and the overall title by over 2 minutes. Nick Parkes was back in his wetsuit again, with an age group 2nd place (behind Tim) and an overall 4th place finish.
In late September, Bill Moore, who was notably crowned the UK’s most active person over 65 in 2015, competed in an open water event at the Blue Lagoon, Leeds. Completing an open water race at 83 is no small feat and is an inspiration to us all.
Well done to all members on a successful year to date. I hope everyone is staying safe and good luck in forthcoming events. If members have competed or will be competing in any events, please email the club on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any other news or relevant photographs for our membership will be greatly received.
Posted by: Sam Lawman