Sudbury storm to medals in Open Water Championships

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Sudbury Storms sent 20 swimmers to compete in the East Region Open Water Championships, a dual competition combining both the 2014 Suffolk County and East Region Championships.

With competitors in every race, Storms finished the day’s events with an impressive 20 regional and county medals and two Suffolk champions.

The morning kicked off successfully with the 3km and all five Storms swimmers finishing in medal positions.

Christopher Greenhalgh (17-24 years) was the first Storms swimmer to be crowned Suffolk champion, with other strong performances from Stuart McLellan (over-25s; first), Terry Mansi (over-25s; second), Graham King (over-25s; third), and Sharon McLellan (over-25s; first).

The 2km race then followed with just two representatives as Connor Hume came in the 17-19 age group and Olivia Sherred finished fifth in 13-16 years category.

The 800m race, specifically designed for first-time entrants into the championships included 11 Storm swimmers from 11-year-olds to masters.

Of those it proved a successful day for Harry Moye as he finished as the fastest Suffolk swimmer and was crowned the club’s second Suffolk champion on the day.

Also competing were Sam Roberts (11-12; sixth), Scott Bird (13-14; fourth), Abigail Harris (11-12; seventh), Sophie Jones (11-12; ninth), Caitlin Evans (11-12; 12th), Georgie Hodgson (13-14; third), Molly Roberts (13-14; sixth), Sue Moye (over-15s; first) and Sue Hodgson (over-15s; second).

There was disappointment for Sarah Clarke in the 1.5km race, competing in her first championship, as due to electrical storms the race had to be abandoned with Clarke just 300m from the finish line.

Nick Robertson did manage to finish before the abandonment, sealing a second-place finish in the 17-24 years’ category.

The adverse weather continued and — despite hopes the thunderstorms may pass to allow for a late start to the final remaining race, the 5km — it was not to be as after 40 minutes of torrential rain it too was cancelled.