We’ve just heard from Human Race that the water temperature at last Monday’s Eton Swim at Dorney Lake was 18.2 degrees, so only slightly cooler than the 20 degrees in Mallorca where the H2Open team was visiting this week.
The Dorney Lake event was one of the first to offer a 10km swim to a mass participation audience and it’s remained popular since its first running in 2011. This year was no exception and more than 200 swimmers took to the water for the Olympic swimming marathon distance.
First to complete the course was Jack Simpson (swimming in the junior category) who finished in 2:09:59. Second back, and the first non-wetsuited swimmer, was David Denney (35-39) in 2:22:15, who was just 10 seconds ahead of third place finisher Dominic Williams.
In the women’s race, Lisa Jones from Gloucester Masters Swimming Club finished first in 2:24:57. Second place, and also not wearing a wetsuit, was Rachel Lee in 2:31:30 while Georgia Amison finished third in 2:32:35.
An even larger field of around 250 tackled the half-marathon 5k distance, which was closely fought at the front between David Warren (40-44) and Sam Crabtree (youth), with the youngster eventually triumphing by four seconds. The women’s race was even closer with just two seconds separating Becky Power from second place Sarah Moore.
The event also featured a very competitive and fast 3k swim with just 10 seconds separating the top six swimmers (Ian Wimpenny (35-39) touched first in 38:28), a 1.5km swim and a 750m swim.
Unfortunately, despite the popularity of its events, Human Race has cut its swim programme this year and will not be hosting either its Hampton Court to Kingston Bridge or its Poole swims. It has however added a series of swim-only races to its Diamond Tri event that takes place on 6 September, also at Dorney Lake.
Find out more at: www.humanrace.co.uk