April 4th 2016
In a tremendous three days for North East Masters swimmers at the G.B. Masters Championships in Sheffield it was the Newcastle Swim Team quartet of William Jolly, Rebecca Newman, Emily Charlton and Nick Valentine that stole the limelight with a World Record in the Mixed 100+ years 4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay with a time of 8:54.27.
In the same event the East Leeds 200+ years team of Julie Hoyle, Karen Graham, Stuart Hoyle and Kyran Parker set a new European Record with a time of 9:20.33 while their team mates Richard Jagger, Chris Knee, James Warren and Alistair Crawford swam a time of 3:41.12 in the 120+ years Mens 4 x 100 metres Freestyle team to also set a new European Record.
In the individual events Karen Graham (East Leeds, pictured below) was in excellent form and set three new British Records. These coming in the 200, 400 and 800 metres Freestyle. Karen was also the winner of the 100 metres Freestyle but as a distance specialist it was not a record time. Not far behind was her team mate Alistair Crawford who set new British Records in the 50 metres Butterfly and 50 metres Breaststroke. Alistair went home with 9 gold medals from 4 Individual and 5 Team events. Philippa Rickard continued the excellent form of the East Leeds swimmers with a British Record in the 400 metres Freestyle.
The Newcastle girls 100+ years team of Rebecca Newman, Emily Charlton, Claire Gilchrist and Kate Nicholson (pictured above) set a new British Record in the 4 x 100 metres Freestyle and claimed gold in the 4 x 200 metres Freestyle, while the East Leeds 160+ years girls set two British Records. The first coming in the 4 x 50 metres Freestyle Team event and the other in the 4 x 50 metres Medley Team. Julie Hoyle, Philippa Rickard and Nina Williams were in both teams with Lucy Churm swimming in the Freestyle Team and Lisa Dobson in the Medley Team.
The pick of the individual winners saw George Russell (Rotherham Metro) winning won five titles in the 18-24 age group 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres Freestyle and the 200 metres Individual Medley, Richmond Dales Colin Gerrard winning four titles in the 65-69 age group 50, 200, 400 and 800 metres freestyle and Newcastle Swim Team’s Julian Plumley winning four titles in the 50-54 age group 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres freestyle.
Colin Sage (Hull Masters) was the winner of four events in the 80-84 year age group. Colin won the 50, 100 and 200 metres Freestyle as well as the 50 metres Breaststroke. Kirsten Cameron (East Leeds) won three events coming out on top of the 200, 400 and 800 metres Freestyle. Another Rotherham Metro swimmer enjoying success was Rebecca Britten who won the 50 and 100 metres Backstroke as well as the 50 metres Freestyle. Backstroke specialist Stephen Allen (Hull Masters) took all three, 50, 100 and 200 metres, of the backstroke events.
Consett’s Verity Dobbie glaimed gold in the 55-59 years 50 metres Breaststroke as did Billingham’s Chris Wilkinson 25 – 29 years 400 metres Individual Medley. Will Jolly from Newcastle Swim Team took gold in the 25 – 29 years 800 metres Freestyle while his team mate Kevin Smith took gold in the 50 – 54 years 400 metres Individual Medley and 100 metres Butterfly. To round things of Brian Taylor (Adwick) claimed both the 100 and 200 metres Breaststroke titles.
All in all a successful championships for North East clubs, congratulations everyone who took part. The East Leeds club confirming their place as a Major force in British Masters swimming with the Runners Up spot in the Top Club Competition for the Cupar Trophy.