The Weston-super-Mare Open Water Development Series was launched in fine style on Sunday morning at Clevedon Marine Lake.
Stormy weather forced the cancellation of the first scheduled event in the open water swimming series a fortnight ago, but there were no such worries this weekend as the lake was bathed in sunshine.
The meet included a 1k taster event as well as 2k, 3k and 5k swims, and has been organised to boost the profile of open water swimming while also helping to introduce it to the next generation of open water swimmers.
ProSwimwear supported the event, with business development manager Matt Puddy setting up a swim shop at the event headquarters (pictured right).
Matt said: "The series provides us with an opportunity to work in and educate the local community. We provided a 10% discount on all wetsuit lines over the weekend, offered an emergency swim shop on the day, and treated competitors and the public to summer sale products."
Swimmers from hosts Weston-super-Mare Swimming Club were joined in the water from clubs across the region.
Winners on the day were Amos Starkey (24.13) in the 2k swim, Miles Ward (34.16) in the 3k and James King (59.13) in the 5k. Millfield's Lawrence Martindale (12.05) swam the fastest time in the 1k taster swim.
The next meet in the series will be held at Clevedon Marine Lake on Sunday, September 16, starting at midday. Closing date for entries is September 2. For more information or an application form, visit the Weston-super-Mare Open Water Development Series page.
1k Taster: Lawrence Martindale (Millfield) 12:05, Jack Everett (Team Bath AS) 12:25, Fergus Hammond (WSM SC) 15:49, Emily Murray (Academy Swim Team BOS) 16:11, Reuben Edmondston-Low (WSM SC) 19:19, Lola Bird (Cheddar Kingfishers) 20:16, Philippa Bourdeaux (Bristol Penguins) 20:47, Grace Hewer (WSM SC) 21:36, Aida Molina Martin (N/A) 22:03, Alex Casado (N/A) 22:08, Jonathan Hancock (CLASS) 30:09.
2k Race: Amos Starkey (Gloucester City) 24:13, James Clarke (Millfield School) 25:06, Kate McCallister (Leicester Neptunes) 25:53, Aidan Hind (WSM SC) 26:08, Millie Mulligan (City of Newport) 26:11, Luke Ashurst (WSM SC) 26:53, Daniel Waddingham (Millfield School) 27:03, Max Marshman (WSM SC) 27:18, Brian Armstrong (Gloucester Masters) 27:28, Katie Kirk (Leicester Neptunes) 27:52, Tommy Criddle (Team Bath) 27:53, Laura-Ann Marshman (WSM SC) 28:28, Isabella Clark (WSM SC) 28:48, Angharad Laraman (WSM SC) 28:50, Phoebe Nethercott (Keynsham) 28:58, Ava Griffiths (Wolverhampton) 30:16, Oscar Morris (WSM SC) 31:55, Tristan Soper (WSM SC) 31:57, Lily Ramirez-Hobbs (Tigersharks) 33:39, Helena Stuckey Howard (Newton Abbot SC) 37:59, Abigail Edmondston-Low (WSM SC) 40:10.
3k Race: Miles Ward (Poole Swimming Club) 34:16, Ollie Heard (Taunton Deane SC) 34:88, Jack Everett (Team Bath) 39:12, Caitlin Ashurst (WSM SC) 39:14, Skyla Coate (Bridgwater Swim Club) 39:20, Madeleine Soper (WSM SC) 39:34, Noah Perkins (Gloucester City) 40:50, Abbi Slade (Poole Swimming Club) 43:18, Jasmin Collins-Board (Exeter City) 44:16, Gabrielle Johnson (Exeter City) 47:01, Kerry Rutherford (Swindon Dolphins) 47:43, Alex Gray (N/A) 57:47, Ella Clark (N/A) 1:00:24, Kirsty Hirst (N/A) 1:02:27, Frank Morris (N/A) 1:04:36, Lorraine Crook (Caldicot) 1:05:03.
5k Race: James King (WSM SC) 59:13, Evan Brunsdon (WSM SC) 59:22, Thea O'Keefe (Poole) 1:01:12, Freya King (WSM SC) 1:01:58, Catherine Naus (Swindon Dolphins) 1:06:19, Gemma Owen (Exeter City) 1:11:20, Fern Duesbury (Poole) 1:13:37, Sam Moris (WSM SC) 1:13:58, Ruby Soper (WSM SC) 1:15:08, James Lapish (Time-2-Tri-Fitness) 1:15:36.
Below are some photo and video highlights from the day on social media.