The final races in the club championships were the long-distance events, which took place at Middlemoor on Wednesday 7 January. A select band of doughty swimmers competed in the 1500m (men) and 800m (women), pushing hard all the way and testing their endurance to the limits.
The lane draws created some fine rivalries. In the men's 1500m, Liam White, Tom Downs and Jack Pearson were together for a long period before Liam pulled away to win the 15 and over category, thirty seconds faster than his seed time. Other category winners were Archie Tyers --- an impressive performance in his first long-distance event --- Joseph Day (who had a great battle with Tim Western), Sam Criddle (more than 30 seconds faster than his seed time) and Charlie Kendall.
The women's 800m saw close racing between Grace James (12) and Milly Rawles (12), and between Milly Kendall (11) and Olivia Burrow (12): in each case, less than a second separated the swimmers. Milly Kendall beat the club's 800m record for 11-year-olds by 18 seconds, and Charlotte Emery, swimming a time trial in a different heat, went three seconds faster even than that. In the next age group down, Erin Throgmorton (10) swam superbly to win her category ahead of Georgina Broadhurst.
The battle of the 12-year-old Olivias saw Burrow triumph ahead of Passmore, knocking more than a minute off her seed time in the process. Rebecca Gibbins led the 13-year-olds with another personal best ahead of Eleanor Brandon and Florence Herbert, while Aliyah-Mai Webb took the next age group with Lily Collins-Board second, and Amy Linnington claimed gold for 15-year-olds.
Full results can be found here.