Swim England Short Course Masters Nationals, Sheffield – 29–31 October 2021

Day one of the National Short Course Masters at Sheffield saw drama, trepidation and glee. Kath, Lindsey and Richard were all at Ponds Forge whilst Martyn Finney battled every constraint to reach the venue on time. Frozen to a standstill on the M42, Martyn looked to have no hope whatsoever of reaching the poolside for the 5.00pm deadline. However, given the smallest of chances, Martyn broke all legal (+illegal) means, parking his car, catching a tram and running the final lap into the pool. Congratulations Martyn, a true team player. To cap it off, the squad were delighted with their bronze medal in the the 240+ Mixed Medley.

Elsewhere in the arena Kath won gold in the 100 free and within the hour followed up with a win in the 50 back in a tight finish. Lindsey won bronze in the 100 free and swam an excellent 50 breast to achieve silver in grand style.

Mid way through the National Masters Championships in Sheffield and Richard Hinsley started his account in the pool with a couple of very respectable swims. 2.37.57 in the 200 free and 5.30.36 in the 400 metres. Kath had to be at her best to take the crown in the 50 Free. In a highly competitive field she broke the 34s barrier with a 33.89, a season’s best. Lindsey followed up with an excellent bronze in her 50 Free with another seasons best of 31.34. Later Kath was disqualified in her 200 back for a technicality on her final turn.

The relay squad Kath, Richard Woodall, Martyn Finney and Lindsey, battled throughout their 240+ Freestyle Relay to gain a bronze behind a strong Barnet Copthall team and close to Trafford Metro. Thanks to Richard and Martyn for travelling to the meet just for club relay swims.

Best call the final Sunday of the National Masters Championship in Sheffield ‘Brilliant Butterfly Day’. Lindsey Gowland claimed a scintillating victory in the 50 Fly in 35.55; her nearest rival was nearly 5 seconds behind. Richard Hinsley was well pleased with his own 50 fly with a time of 35.02. Kath Tunnicliffe finished her weekend with Silver in the 100 Backstroke. A great meet and BCPM swimmers were certainly in the mix, well done guys!

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