DSC’s 2017 Summer Round-UP!

The end of the summer has been incredibly busy for DSC’s athletes as they have travelled all over the UK competing in long distance, open water, Aquathlons and walks with some fantastic results.  August is historically a wind down month, where training in the pool still takes place but the competition period has finished.  However, DSC’s swimmers never allow the grass to grow under their feet, and instead made the most of their skills and competed very successfully on many levels…

Alex Neeson continued his Open Water success by competing at the National Open Water Festival in Sheffield on the 30th July.  He won a fantastic bronze medal for both the 1.5km and 3k swims.  He then competed in the Scottish Nationals held at Loch Venachar near Loch Lomond, and despite the currents and wind being up, successfully completed the swim.  He very recently swam at the Mass Start Swim Series at Box End in Bedford on 26th August and gained another incredible 1st place position – well done Alex!

On the 2nd September DSC’s very own swimming coach Steve Kerr took to the water inconjunction with the British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA).  This is a one way swim on Lake Windermere covering some 10.4 miles.  Steve competed brilliantly and showed true grit and stamina to get through this gruelling swim in 6hrs 17 mins and 18 seconds gaining 7th place overall.  Everyone from DSC would like to say well done, and a massive congratulations to you for completing this so successfully!

On the 3rd September a group of DSC swimmers were selected to swim for the Junior Inter-County competition held at Inspire in Luton. The team comprised of Elliot Kefford, Millie Dudley, Oliver Bradshaw and Bryony Mathias.  Bedfordshire as a county competed brilliantly on the day, and special mention goes to Oliver Bradshaw as he gained 1st place in the 50m breaststroke (10 yr old boys) in a time of 44.32 which was a brand new PB for him.  A great effort from all the swimmers, helping Bedfordshire gain 6th place overall. Well done team DSC…

Also on the 3rd September 3 of DSC’s swimmers competed in the Letchworth Duck and Dash – an Aquathlon covering a swim and a run. Amazing results were achieved by all three swimmers.  Billy Mead gained 1st place in his Tristar 2 category comprising of a 4 length 25m swim and a 2k run in a fantastic time of 13.11.  Rhianne Carrick completed her Tristar 3 category covering 6 lengths and a 3k run in an incredible 21.12 gaining 2nd place overall and finally Jessica Kefford in her Tristar 3 event gaining 6th place overall in a brilliant time of 25.43 – Truly well done to all 3 competitors.

Finally little Olivia Cooper (Academy Squad and aged just 8 yrs old) successfully walked 14.2km on the 2nd September as part of the Alzeimers Memory Walk and raising much needed funds for DSC.  On the 9th and 10th September Olivia and her mum Sarah will be running the Thames Bridge Challenge whereby on the Sunday Olivia will join her mum to run a 10km!  Once again funds will be raised for DSC.  A massive well done to them both for these huge challenges – DSC are right behind you on this fund raising campaign.  If you would like to donate money for Olivia and DSC, a donation page is open at just giving Dunstable Swimming Club,  a justgiving crowdfunding page. Best of luck to you both!

DSC’s competitive season starts once again this Saturday the 9th September, where they swim at the Hemel Hempstead pool in the 3rd and final thrilling junior league 2017 gala – Good luck team!