Stupendous effort earns McLellan national coup

Sudbury Masters swimmers have been making a splash around the country during the open water season — claiming a national championship winner’s medal.

Stuart McLellan started off the club’s open water campaign with the 3k National Championships at Rother Valley in Sheffield, finishing first in his age with a time of 49mis 55.20 secs.

Gordon Coutts swam the two miles from Shanklin to Sandown on the Isle of Wight.

With 110 swimmers participating, Coutts finished in 23rd place in a time of 35mins 12secs and second in his age group.

Four Masters swimmers took part in the Fritton Lake Big Swim up in Norfolk.

The weather was glorious and the conditions very good for open water swimming and 63 swimmers of all ages competed in the 3k event.

Coutts swam in 42.41 and was ninth overall and sixth in the age group.

Sharon McLellan swam 46.57 and finished 14th overall and first in her age group.

In the afternoon was the gruelling 5k, which had 40 swimmers competing.

This was the first time Sudbury’s two swimmers had ever swam this far in a open water series having swam in many open water events around the country and abroad.

Stuart McLellan came home fourth overall in 1hr 22mins 48secs and first in his age group and Terry Mansi finished a magnificent sixth place overall and second in the age group.

Winter training is now under way in preparation for the 2013 open water season.