Storms impress in Olympian-backed event

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Sudbury Storms finished an impressive 13th out of 133 teams at the British Gas SwimBritain competition held at Blenheim Palace.

The event in Oxfordshire, over a 240m course swum by teams of four in relay format, was supported by David William, Duncan Goodhew, Rebecca Adlington and many other Olympic stars.

The format, which has never been done before in open water swimming, made for a very exciting event and atmosphere at the beginning of the month, with each swimmer giving maximum effort to keep the pace high for overall team success.

The action continued last weekend with two events over the two days.

First Stuart McLellan and Terry Mansi travelled to Eindhoven to compete in the European Masters Championships, both swimming the 3km course in the canal.

McLellan finished sixth in a time of 46 minutes, while Mansi was not far behind in 13th with a time of 53.00.

Just a day later, both were back in action along with Sharon McLellan, swimming at Fritton Lake for the Big Swim event.

In perfect conditions Stuart (one hour and 23 minutes) was followed home by Mansi (1.24.00) and Sharon (1.31.00).

Stuart and Sharon McLellan also completed the Great Scottish Swim with their niece Amy over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Stuart finished the two-mile course in 51 minutes and 37 seconds while the women finished the one-mile course in 1.03.33.

Stuart and Sharon were again in action the following weekend along with Mansi, competing in the Great London swim, a mile long course around the Millwall Docks with more than 2,000 swimmers.

Stuart finished in 24.16, followed by Mansi in 25.09 and Sharon in 27.08.