Swimmers face a chilly morning at the Lido to compete at a new distance

Last weekend saw three firsts for Cheltenham swimmers – the first time girls competed officially at 1,500m, the first time boys competed at 800m, and the first time the club ran a joint inter-club event.

The meet ran at the Lido and allowed the swimmers to get times for the new ASA registered events. It was run in conjunction with Pershore Club, who use the pool for their own long-course training during the summer months. A total of 30 swimmers took part, 17 girls (2 from Pershore) and 13 boys (also with 2 from Pershore), with some great times achieved across the board.

The event was able to take place thanks to the effort put in by our volunteer officials and in particular lead official John Bell who made sure everything ran smoothly on the day, and also to Claire Wiggins who first approached Pershore with the idea for a joint event and got the whole thing started . Coaches  were there to help the swimmers, who were also brilliant at encouraging each other. Other parent volunteers braved the cool morning to help with signing in and collecting entry payments – as always a huge thanks must go out to all those who helped make this another great event for Cheltenham.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with our events, and with other roles in the club. If you want to know more about what we are looking for please contact John Bell or Claire Wiggins.