Sudbury’s Chris Greenhalgh fought off strong competition to be crowned Suffolk 1500m champion at the County Championships held in Norwich.
He was one of only three Sudbury Storms senior swimmers to have qualified for the first part of the championships, the two long distance events, the only events to be swum long course at the 50m pool.
Olivia Sherred in the 15 and 16 years 800m freestyle swam a well-paced race in a new long course personal best (pb) time of 10 minutes 48.53 seconds to finish in 13th place.
In the 17 years and over, Nick Robertson was competing in the 1500m at this level for the first time and swam a very controlled race to finish in seventh place with a pb of 18.40.47.
The final heat in the 1500m saw Greenhalgh up against last year’s winner Jake Tyson of Team Ipswich and bronze medallist Reg Lloyd, also of Team Ipswich.
With all three swimmers starting at a steady pace it was Greenhalgh who eventually took the lead after 400m which he steadily increased, and despite a late charge by Jake Tyson, won the title by more than 17 seconds in a new long course pb of 17.04.32.
n Results were recently published for this year’s National ASA T30 Challenge in which swimmers across the country are challenged to a timed 30 minute swim to see how far they can get.
Storms had 16 swimmers enter the competition and were rewarded with five medals.
Chris Greenhalgh, in the 18-24 years category, finished equal second with 2,480m.
In the 65-69 years category Storms finished second and third with Stuart McLellan (1,920m) and Terry Mansi (1,810m).
McLellan and Mansi, together with Gordon Coutts and Stuart Beal-Collins, finished second in the 200-239 years team event with 7,580m.
Greenhalgh, together with Nick Robertson, Sharon McLellan and Sarah Clarke, finished second in the 72 years and over mixed team event with 8,205m.
Other placings were: 18-24 years: Nick Robertson ninth 2,255m, John Jiang 10th 2,090m, Ryan Alexander 12th 1,990m; 25-29 years: Sarah Clarke 13th 1,705m; 30-34 years: Stuart Beal-Collins eigth 1,915m; 35-39 years: Marie Byfield ninth 1,595m and Aaron Noble in the men’s event 11th 1,570m; 40-44 years: Suzanne Frost 22nd 1455m and Shaun Boldock in the men’s event 28th 1,545m; 45-49 years: Sue Moye 12th 1,545m; 50-54 years: Gordon Coutts 10th 1,905m and Graham King 14th 1,660m; 55-59 years: Sharon McLellan fourth 1,765m.