Open Water swimming has gone from strength to strength over recent years and there are definitely opportunities within this discipline for swimmers to excel.

This past weekend saw the ASA Open Water festival at Rother Valley Sheffield. This is now a prestigious event with both participation and National titles up for grabs. Qualification is via pool qualifying times, and/or via The South West Regional Open water Championships. Anyone with an interest in Distance Freestyle swimming, should definitely be looking at this as a possible avenue for success going forwards.

Competing in Gloucester hats this weekend were Scott and Matt Munden and Daisy Bond. For Scott this was his first exposure to anything at National level, and he acquitted himself excellently over the 3K distance finishing in the top 20. Matthew followed shortly after, in the maximum distance of 5K. This is a swim that takes over 1 hour. To be honest with what Matthew has gone through in the last twelve months (2 broken legs, time out of the water undergoing rehab, and a gradual build up of strength and aerobic capability) it was a tremendous achievement actually being there at all. Matts first 4K was great, where he swam solidly maintaining around 8th position. The last kilometre however was a real struggle for Matt, and his seasons problems really found him out. It was a very brave effort, perhaps just a little too far too early.

Daisy Bond, swam in the ASA Open Water festival on Saturday. She swam 1500m and came a superb second in the event. Testament to Daisy and her training over many years.

Congratulations to all involved. We now move onto the pool events in Sheffield this coming two weeks.