Mencap Mile – Dorney Lake, Eton Sunday 30th September 2012

The open water swimming season came to a close with a final outing for Josh Dunk, Lauren Joy, Taine Carrick and Alison Allen who took part in a one mile swim (1600m) at the now famous Olympic rowing venue of Eton Dorney.

The charity swim in aid of MENCAP, saw 200 entrants line up to swim in the lake which was a very chilly 14.1 degrees. Taine, Josh and Alison braved the cold swim without wetsuits but Lauren, having suffered with a cold over previous days, made the sensible decision to wear one. It certainly didn’t affect her performance however as she came storming home in an immense time of 21.41 to take first place overall from the field of 187 finishers. Josh was a close second overall in 22.09 with young Taine putting in a fantastic performance and recording a time of 25.11 and eighth place overall. Josh had stepped in to compete as the third member of a team with two Masters swimmers and helped them to win the Fastest Team prize with an overall combined time of 1 hour, 7 minutes and 46 seconds. Sadly a faulty timing chip meant that Alison’s time was not recorded correctly but was estimated at 32 minutes having studied time stamped photographs of the finish.

A great performance all round from the Thanet swimmers who once again have done themselves and the club proud on the open water circuit.

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