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Zone 3 River Arun 3.8km swim
Posted by: Press Releases
Posted on: Monday 15th June 2015


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It's very rare to see so many personal bests at once in a race but that's what happened at Littlehampton in West Sussex for the annual 3.8km Ironman Distance swim in the River Arun. The river has the second fastest flowing current in the UK and unlike previous years where athletes start during a period of 'slack water' which gradually turns in favour of the swimmers half way down the course, organisers decided to opt for a mass start on the turn of the current. 415 athletes were transported from the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Littlehampton to the remote Marina at Ford, 2½ miles upstream. The late arrival of the buses meant the start was delayed for 30 minutes which resulted in a superfast swim that was enjoyed by the entire field. The increase in water temperature a few days before the event (15.8 degrees) saw swimmers of all abilities head down to the RNLI at Littlehampton for their early season adventure. The river is closed for the duration of the swim by the Harbour Master which ensures swimmers have a unique experience navigating their way downstream to the RNLI launch ramp in Littlehampton.

Once again the ladies and juniors dominated the race. Previous winner 18 year old Chloe Pollard from Bodyworks XTC swam clear of the field and set a course record that is unlikely to be beaten for many years with a time of 39:49. Teammate Chloe Cook (daughter of triathlon legends Glenn Cook and Sarah Coope in the 1980s & 1990s) was second in 42:03 and third place went to Shaun Challis from Hove in 42:07. Third place female and fourth overall was Liz Price (42:37) from G29 Swimmers in Eastbourne, second male was Supervet Gary Brickley also from Bodyworks XTC and 3rd male was Andy Tester from Arundel Trinity. First Vets were Geoff Goodwin from Crawley Swimming Club (42:49) and Nicole Patterson-Lett from Tuff Fitty Tri Club (43:55). First Supervet prizes went to Nick Emens from Crawley Swim Team (43:59) and Ali Strach (45:35) from Shoreham. Probably never to be repeated again, but over 75% of the field finished in under the magical hour.

There was a great atmosphere on the quay before and especially after the race when local charity swimmer Steve White 'The Swimming Gardener' finished the course with both legs bound and one arm tied behind his back – Steve finished in a stunning time of 1:09. As usual with this event part of the entry fee goes to supporting the great work of the RNLI.

Another charity swimmer, 18 year old Nathan Abbott is looking for fellow endurance swimmers to join him in his latest charity attempt to swim from the Ferring to Littlehampton Pier (5.5 miles) on 22nd August; for details go to www.facebook.com/groups/swimmingmilesforsmiles or freestyleforssmile@gmail.com

The Raw Energy Road Show now moves onto the Worthing Triathlon on 26th July and then the Arundel Triathlon in the River Arun on 6th September. For details go to www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk


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