Following the cancellation of the first event in the XTERRA Epic Lakes Swim Series at Coniston, UK, in May, organisers were delighted with the success of the second race at Derwent Water, Keswick, which took place on Sunday 19 June 2011. (The Coniston Epic Swim has now been re-scheduled for 14 August 2011.)
At Derwent Water, Keswick, the continued popularity of open water swimming was on show. While the weather wasn’t as glorious as hoped for, the scenery was – with a magical effect created by the misty weather and mirror-like lake. It certainly didn’t stop nearly 500 swimmers lining up to tackle distances ranging from 500m through to a full Iron-distance 3.8K course.
With great support from Carlisle canoe club, swimmers took to the water to warm up with a spectacular rendition of ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, complete with actions, before getting under starters orders.
Teen Spirit was in strong supply as the podium was dominated by youngsters in both the 500m and classic mile. 14 year old Ally Wright took the 500m male top spot in an impressive 6:06 – with top female, 17 year old Robin Goodfellow finishing in 7:23. Nearly 250 swimmers finished the classic mile event.
Finally, 170 swimmers stepped up to take on the challenge of 3.8K, a good chance for prospective Ironman competitors to check their progress. The series moves on to Ullswater on Sunday 10 July before finishing with the re-run of the Coniston event on Sunday 14 August. Orders for sunshine have already been placed!