Saturday evening saw 6 members, past and present take to the river Thames to swim the 1500m from the rowing club to the Angle on the Bridge pub – the promise of a beer and a medal that would open it surly spurned us on!!
The water was surprisingly clear and warm as the ‘performance’ wave containing Dave, Ian, Andy and Helen Reader slid in for their 6.50 start. The first 400m upstream were as tough as we anticipated but as we got to the turn for the downstream leg it became clear that Ian, Dave & Helen were well up the field.
Speaking of Field – despite struggling with his breathing, chatting to the rescue canoeist, apparently she was attractive – he gamely battled on to breaststroke the whole course. A fantastic effort when many would have chucked in the towel. Despite this constant ribbing ensued for the rest of the evening!!!
Dave, Helen & Ian all finished within the 22 minute bracket with Dave 13th, Helen 14th and Ian 17th – little did we know how well we had done until later in the evening.
Next up it was our Aussie ringer Sarah in the ladies wave and she also put in a sterling effort to finish in 26:39 & 43rd female overall.
‘Reeeeeeaaaader’ was shouted in much to the amusement of the amassed crowds and it was he bare shoulders that we spotted as he powered down the home straight, the though of a beer pushing him on! 26:04 for a goalkeeper – good work chap….
Completing the line up was Mark and Christina, Mark put in a 27:04 to be in 100 / 748 over all and 21st in the open category. Christina was positively beaming when she exited the water and exclaimed I loved that – and so she should 250th overall / 748 and a strong time of 32:15
Full results can be found here: https://henleyswim.niftyentries.com/Results/Club-to-Pub-2019#
But the best was yet to come!!!! Ian was hanging round the prize giving and the announcement for the best club was due, combined time of the top four swimmers from the same club. Since the events inception in 2014 Reading and taken home the trophy – put not this year its going North – yes PAROGON are champions!!!
We will be back to defend our title and we can not leave without a shout out to our supporters on the day – Mr President, Jill, Nicky and the amassed Cartwright kids shouting us all in……
(Spence was camera shy!)