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River Arun Swim report 2013
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Posted on: Monday 10th June 2013

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Mick Dicker from reports from the 2013 L Guess Jewellers River Swim.

L Guess Jewellers River Swim

Saturday 8th June 2013 – Littlehampton, West Sussex

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An unseasonably cold spring and low water temperatures forced organisers Raw Energy Pursuits to re-vamp their traditional tidal swim in the River Arun in West Sussex so it became a two lap version in Littlehampton Harbour. Fortunately temperatures increased from 12 to 15 degrees in the week leading up to the event and the format not only offered swimmers a safer swim but also a chance for spectators to witness the event from the quay and local footpaths. The Harbour Board and Action Boat provided the safety cover and closed the river to traffic during the race. Three waves started the course which would see swimmers negotiate the current on at least one and maybe two occasions. Get the timing right and maintaining the pace and you're flying! The star performance was that of overall winner 16 year old Chloe Pollard from Bodyworks XTC. She dominated the race and won by more than two minutes in a course record 44:13. Pollard has recently qualified for the British Youth Open Water Swimming Championships to be held at the end of July in Sheffield with a PB over 800m of 9.25. First male and second overall was senior lecturer in exercise physiology at the School of Sport and Service Management Dr Gary Brickley who put his methods to good use with a time of 46.27; two seconds ahead of Worthing's Paul McDavitt.


Despite the Arun being regarded as the second fastest flowing river in the UK the 30 minute period of slack water enabled most competitors to clock similar times to those seen in 2012. Previous course record holder Nick Finch from Horsham Amphibians Triathlon suffered from the cold but still finished fifth in 47:09. Finch's previous course record was 46.35.

New for 2013 was the addition of a 1.5km Swim which saw competitors covering a slightly shorter one lap course. Podium finisher at most of the previous river swims Liz Price from G29 Wild Swimmers dominated the race and finished in 21:16, almost two minutes ahead of Rob Hunter from Littlehampton Swimming Club who finished second in 23:05. This was 15 year old Hunter's first ever experience of open water swimming and no doubt one to look out for in the future.


As usual with this event part of the entry fee goes to supporting the great work of the RNLI and The Swimming Gardeners ‘Splash 4 Cash', who'll be attempting to swim 10 hours in the English Channel and River Arun and asking people to guess how far he'll cover.

The Raw Energy Road Show now moves onto the Worthing Triathlon on 30th June and then the River Adur in Shoreham for a 2.5km & 3.5km swim on 11th August.

3.8km Ironman Distance Swim 2013
Chloe Pollard Bodyworks XTC 47.48 1st Female (FJ)
Gilly Brown Bodyworks XTC 52.32 2nd Female
Lydia Jordan Steyning AC 53.38 3rd Female
Gary Brickley Bodyworks XTC 46.27 1st Male (MV)
Paul McDavitt Worthing 46.29 2nd Male (MV)
Paul Bareham Cobham 46.47 3rd Male (MV)
Mike Field London 48.47 1st Male Vet
Robert Burkett Worthing 50.18 2nd Male Vet
Ali Strach Worthing Swimming Club 54.11 1st Female Vet
Lisa Maynard Chichester 55.18 2nd Female Vet
Dave Oakley St Helier 48.50 1st Male Supervet
Alison Gwynn Mid Sussex Marlins SC 58.50 1st Female Supervet
Josh Bishop 1066 Swimmers 54.31 1st Male Junior
Tess Laurantani Littlehampton Swimming Club 59.24 1st Female Junior
1.5km Swim 2013
Liz Price G29 Wild Swimmers, Eastbourne 21:16 Ist Female
Suzy Standen-Payne Bodyworks XTC 27:22 2nd Female
Natasha Palmer Tuff Fitty Tri Club 28:40 3rd Female
Rob Hunter Littlehampton Swimming Club 23:05 1st Male
Neil Bradford Chichester Westgate Tri Club 23:53 2nd Male
Steve Mcmenamin Mid Sussex Tri Club 24:03 3rd Male

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