European Masters Championships
With the exception of Steve Allen and John Major, Hull Masters had never attended such a large event as the European Master’s Championships which were recently held in the Olympic Pool in London. A total of 15 swimmers attended the meeting which took place over 4 days with swimming starting at 6 am in the morning and concluding after midnight on some days. Swimming took place in both the Olympic Pool and the training pool (which was converted to a competitive pool) at the same time so warm up times were restricted and there was no swim down facilities at all. To have some idea of the enormity of the event for the Men’s 100 metres Freestyle there were 208 heats in a 10 lane pool and over the 4 days there were almost 30,000 swims in the pools as well as relays.
Yet again pride of place must go to Colin Sage in the Men’s 80-84 years category.
Colin took an incredible 4.9 seconds off his Yorkshire time to win a European Bronze Medal in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1.31.05
He was also 7th in the 100m Backstroke with a time of 1.56.30
And 8th in the 50m Backstroke with a time of 49.41 Sec
Betty Grayson in the Ladies 80-84 years category also had top 10 finishes
She was 6th in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 1.05.44
And was 6th in the 50m Backstroke with a time of 1.11.09
Steve Allen was swimming his favourite backstroke events and also had top 10 finishes in all 3 of his events. Steve was:
9th in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 2.40.20
9th in the 100m Backstroke with a Time of 1.13.18
And 10th in the 50m Backstroke with a time of 33.61 sec
Gregan Clarkson was concentrating on the freestyle events. He was 34th in the 800m Freestyle taking 3 seconds off his National time finishing in a time of 10.30.82
He was 44th in the 400m Freestyle with a time of 5.00.05, improving on his National time.
And was 71st in the 200m Freestyle with a time of 2.20.08
John Major was concentrating on the sprint events:
He was 52nd in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 26.88 Sec
He was 68th in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1.01.02
And was 90th in the 50m Butterfly with a time of 30.97 Sec
Suze Williams who has been out of training for some time was competing in the Ladies 35-39 Years category:
Suze was 58th in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 32.47 Sec
And 72nd in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1.14.08
Vicky Hewick swimming in the same age group had a good swim in the freestyle events.
She was 79th in the50m Freestyle with a time of 34.79 Sec
And 91st in the 100 m Freestyle with a time of 1.17.73
David Staniforth was making his come back in the Men’s 35-39 years category:
David was 85th in the 50m Butterfly with a time of 30.75 Sec
91st in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1.02.49
And 93rd in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 28.28 Sec
Cleve Meyerhoff finished 90th in the Men’s 50m freestyle in a time of 33.86 Secs
Nina Curran finished 104th in the Ladies 50m Freestyle in a time of 36.95 Sec
Nicky Benstead achieved a P.B. in the Ladies 50m Breaststroke in 49.35 Sec
Kim Clarkson was competing for the first time in over 2 years after a major illness and only 6 weeks after surgery:
Kim finished 122nd in the Ladies 100m Freestyle in a time of 1.20.99
And also completed the 50m Freestyle in a time of 35.00 Sec, which under the circumstances was a personal triumph for herself.
Suzanne Clarkson competed in the 50m Backstroke in a time of 1.12.86
And the 50m Freestyle in a time of 50.86 Sec
Tracy Meyerhoff swam 2 PBs in the 50m Backstroke in a time of 51.00 Sec
And took almost 4 seconds off her 50m Freestyle in a time of 41.63 Sec
Ann-Marie Blowman was our final competitor swimming 3 events:
She swam in the Ladies 400m freestyle in a time of 7.03.00
Also the ladies 200m Freestyle in a time of 3.07.00 P.B.
And the Ladies 100m Freestyle in a time of 1.26.60
Ann-Marie accompanied by Suze Williams, Vicky Hewick and Kim Clarkson swam for the first time as a relay team in the Ladies 120 Years+ category came a creditable 34th in a time of 2.18.27
This was a great experience for all of our swimmers to be able to swim against the best in their age groups in Europe and the number of PBs swam over the event is tantamount to the hard work put in prior to the event by them. They have done both their club and their city proud.