At long last, racing is back and the first opportunities for competition starved athletes came on the first day of the month at the Epic Events open water swim in the cool confines of Three Sisters near Wigan. Eddie Hirst brought Holly and Grace along for a family trip in the 750m race and all three (pictured below) went home happy having cracked the 15 minute mark and finished in the top 50. Holly led the way in a time of 13:12, her pace being 1:45 per 100m while Grace finished in 14:56 just four seconds clear of Eddie. Mark Glynn cracked the top 25 in the full distance 3.8km, his 1:02:15 also giving him fourth in his age group while Ian Orford and Chris Hayes also enjoyed their first attempts at the 3.8km distance, Ian clocking a 1:13:34 and Chris coming in comfortably under the 80 minute mark.
Chris would also turn out at the Coniston swim two weeks later where he placed 116th in 1:20:18 but Dominic Pike was nothing short of a bolt from the blue. Historically he has starred at the club running sessions and the Ormskirk Parkrun, and yet here he took on the Ironman distance swim like he’d been racing long course for years as he recorded an outstanding 1:00:57, good enough for 32nd on the day. Also racing was Shaun Keenaghan whose time of 1:16:15 was enough to earn a top 100 finish. In next week’s report we will cover the full account of the UK Ultimate Triathlon in Shropshire as well as the shortened Horwich Triathlon, for which entries are still available at the time of writing.