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SAGE AND ALLEN STUFFING

 

It has been a very busy couple of months for the Hull Master’s Swimming Club with members preparing for and competing in The National Masters, Yorkshire Masters and finally the European Masters Championships.

 

NATIONAL MASTER’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

The National Masters Long course Championships were held in April at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Pride of place must go to Colin Sage who from 6 swims came away with 5 Gold medals and one Silver Medal in the Men’s 80-84 year category. His golds came in the:

100m Backstroke with a time of 1.48.96

200m Freestyle with a time of 3.47.28

50m Freestyle with a time of 41.48 Sec.

50m Breaststroke with a time of 51.06 Sec.

100m Freestyle with a time 1.33.41

His Silver came in the 50m Backstroke with a time of 49.56 Sec.

 

Steve Allen was close on Colin’s tail with 3 Gold Medals from 3 swims. Steve swims in the men’s 50-59 years age category and his victories came in the:

100m Backstroke with a time of 1.13.80

200m Backstroke with a time of 2.42.01

And the 50m Backstroke with a time of 33.46 Sec.

 

Our third individual medallist was Gregan Clarkson who was concentrating on Freestyle events and who picked up an injury during the event which affected some of his later times. Gregan was competing in the men’s 30-34 age category.

 

He picked up a bronze medal in the 800 m Freestyle with a time of 10.33.30

He was also 6th in the 400m Freestyle with a time of 5.02.44

11th in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1.20.87

15th in the 200m Freestyle with a time of 2.32.72

28th in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 28.92 Sec.

 

Further medals were also won by the Mens 200-239 age freestyle relay team of John Major, Cleve Meyerhoff, Steve Allen, and Ian Harman who won the Silver Medal in a time of 2.00.51.

The Men’s 160-199 Years age category Medley relay team of Steve Allen, John Major, Ian Harman and Gregan Clarkson also won the Silver Medal.

 

John Major was swimming in the Men’s 35-39 years age category

He was placed 6th in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 35.70 Sec.

8th in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 27.24 Sec

And 9th in the 50m Butterfly with a time of 30.31 Sec

 

Our final swimmer at the Nationals was Suzanne Clarkson who was swimming at her first Nationals and first Long Course event. She was swimming in the Ladies 60-64 Years category and was placed 8th in the 50 m Backstroke with a time of 1.09.83

And 10th in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 49.69 Sec.

In total the club came away from the nationals with a total of 12 medals:

8 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze.

 

YORKSHIRE MASTER’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

A much larger contingent of swimmer’s competed in The Yorkshire Masters Short Course Championships which were held in Leeds at the John Charles Centre in May.

 

Pride of place should go to Colin Sage swimming in the Men’s 80-84 Years age Category.

In his 50 metre Breastsroke Colin actually broke the British Record for his age group.

That Record now stands at 50.48 Seconds and was Colin’s first Gold medal of the day.

He also won 4 further Gold medals on the day. They were:

50m Freestyle with a time of 41.83 Sec

100m Ind. Medley with a time of 1.54.98

100m Freestyle with a time of 1.35.99

and 50m Backstroke with a time of 52.16 Sec

 

Betty Grayson also won 3 Gold Medals. Betty competes in the Ladies 80-84 Years category. Betty swam 2 better than entry times on the way to her medals.

This was in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 1.04.06

And in the 100m Ind. Medley with a time of 2.40.01

Her final Gold being the 50m Backstroke with a time of 1.12.52

 

Ann-Marie Blowman who only started swimming within the last 3 years also did herself proud by winning medals in her 3 swims and also recording P.B’S in the ladies 35-39 years category.

She won the Gold in the 200m freestyle with a time of 3.07.83 P.B.

And the Silver in the 400m Freestyle with a time of 6.39.33 P.B.

And the Bronze in the 100m Freestlye with a time of 1.23.41

 

Steve Allen reduced his events due to other commitments but in the Mens 55-59 Years category took the:

Gold medal in the 100m Backstroke with a time of 1.10.31 P.B.

And the Bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 37.90 Sec

 

Vicky Hewick swimming in the Ladies 35-39 Years category also came away with 3 medals.

She won a Silver medal in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1.16.73 P.B.

Another Silver medal in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 34.43 Sec P.B.

And a Bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 43.90 Sec

 

John Major secured more medals for the club and swam 2 faster than entry times on the day:

He won a Silver medal in the 100m freestyle with a time of 59.16 Sec

Another Silver medal in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 26.15 Sec F.E.T.

A Bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 33.81 Sec F.E.T.

And was also 4th in the 50m Butterfly with a time of 30.34 Sec

 

Simon Jensen competing for the club for the first time claimed a Silver medal in the Men’s 25-29 Year’s 400m Freestyle with a time of 4.55.48

 

Nicola Benstead was also competing for the club for the first time. Nicola was competing in the Ladies 40-44 Years category and swam 2 P.B’s.

She won a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1.49.01 P.B.

And also came 6th in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1.46.99 P.B.

 

Gregan Clarkson also picked up 3 Bronze medals on the day in yhe Men’s 30-34 Years category:

They were in the 400 m Freestyle with a time of 5.05.25

200 m Freestyle with a time of 2.26.54

and the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1.05.13

and 4th in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 28.30 Sec F.E.T.

 

Not to be outdone Mum Suzanne Clarkson swimming in the Ladies 60-64 years category won a further 2 Bronze medals to add to the family haul:

They were for the 200m freestyle with a time of 4.14.85

And the 50m Freestyle with a time of 50.55 Sec

 

Ian Harman swimming in the Men’s 55-59 Years category swam a faster than entry time in the:

Mens 50m Butterfly with a time of 33.28 Sec

And a further faster than entry time, finishing 5th in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 29.81 Sec

 

Nina Curran Swimming in the Ladies 40-44 age category also had a successful day.

Nina gained a Silver medal in the 100m Ind. Medley with a P.B time of 1.33.66

She also came 5th in the 50m Backstroke with a time of 44.24 Sec

A further 5th in the 50m Butterfly with a time of 40.33 Sec P.B

And was 12th in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 36.86 Sec

 

Husband and wife team Cleve and Tracy Meyerhoff could only compete in the morning due to family commitments. Cleve competed in the Men’s 55-59 age category:

Cleve swam in the 50m freestyle with a time of 33.61 Sec P.B

Not to be outdone by Tracy swimming in the Ladies 45-49 Years age category:

Tracy also swam the 50m Freestyle finishing 5th in a time of 42.22 Sec P.B.

 

Mark Ellam was our final individual swimmer of the day. Mark was competing for the first time as a Master after many years out of the pool, in the Men’s 50-54 Years category and was delighted to finish 4th in the 50m Breaststroke.

Mark’s time was 43.50 Sec P.B.

 

 

In addition to this the club entered 2 relay teams on the day

The Men’s 220 years+ Freestyle team won Gold with a time of 2.03.73

The Men’s 120 years+ Medley team won Bronze with a time of 2.29.92

 

In total at the Yorkshire Masters Gala the club came away with a total of 31 medals:

 

11 Gold, 10 Silver and 10 Bronze.

 

 

 

EUROPEAN MASTER’S 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 were 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

And10th 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 Mens 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 Sec

 

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.

 

Mum 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 P.B’s 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 P.B’s 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.

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