Derwent Open Water

Last Sunday 5th June, saw the first of the open water events of the summer with a 5 strong contingent from the club hitting Costa del Keswick for the Epic Events Derwent water swim.

Family Cartwright were the advanced party heading up on Wednesday and as the weather was so good we had a couple of wild swims in Bassenthwaite and Buttermere. Fantastic, clear, warmish water and a great way to cool down on a hot day. That was until Christina saw a fish, I don’t think I have ever seen her move so fast, apparently it was huge!!!

Race day dawned, bright and warm, I was swimming in the 3.8 kilometre swim that has a 10 am start, so it was an early departure from the caravan to park up and register. Having cut off our arm and leg to pay for the parking it was down to the beach for the start. This is probably the first time I have been in the starting pen without another Parogon member to talk to, apparently cars are more appealing to Andy than me in a wetsuit!!

Derwent is unique amongst the swims as it is the only one where you cannot see the full course from the start, and it is surprising how being able to visualise the course really helps you stay on course and hit each buoy. It is also the longest loop of the events with long reaches between turn points, meaning it is easy to drift offline, one chap I was talking to clicked 4.3k on his Garmin. Initially I was disappointed with my time of 1 hour and 5 minutes, but this was my best ever place, 28th out of 255 starters and 4th in my age group.

Next up it was the girls, Christina, Fiona, Karen & Gemma, all of them were competing in the mile. For those of you who have competed in open water you will know how hard it is to stay alongside someone, now that is what Karen and Gemma achieved, was that motherly instinct??? Fiona was first out of the water in a fantastic time of 29.05 and coming 55th out of 257 starters. Karen and Gemma did a 32 and Christina came in in a 36. All great times and something to be proud of.


Ullswater is in July and the 3.8k for most. There will be a bigger contingent from the club at this event and lets hope for another weekend like the one we just had.

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