Northumberland and Durham Open Water Camp Battle with the Elements

11th June 2016
Today, swimmers from Northumberland and Durham attended the second part of the county’s open water training camp which was held at Bishopton Lake in Stockton.

The day at the lake followed on from a day in the pool earlier in the season that was held at the Louisa Centre in Stanley. In the lake, swimmers put in to practice techniques and skills they had learned in the pool sessions, as well as new ones such as sighting and drafting. The wind and at times the rain really tested the swimmers, however they did a great job and remained focused and hardworking throughout.

During classroom sessions, lead coach for the camp, Borough of Kirklees Mark Lappin  spoke to the swimmers about tactics during open water swimming races, as well as what to expect on a race day and the opportunities available to them as open water swimmers. Mark was supported during the camp by Newcastle Swim Team’s Tom Forrester, Middlesbrough’s Tom Harforth, Richmondale’s Chris Dove and Tynemouth’s Tracey Smith. Open water official and North East Safety Advisor Alan Capstick also attended part of the day and joined in conversations around rules and regulations during open water racing. The camp was also supported by the RNLI who provided safety cover during the swim and the lifeguards joined in with the classroom workshops.

Many of the swimmers who attended the camp are competing in the regional championships in Salford Quays this month, with some also competing in the Open Water National Championships at Rother Valley at the end of July.

The day was a great opportunity for open water swimmers within the county and it’s hoped that more will be held next season. Well done to everyone who attended today.