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National success for City of Hereford swimmers
3:30pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
A CITY of Hereford Swimming Club team has beaten off the challenge of 116 other challengers to win a national event.
The four-strong team took part in the national Swim Britain Open Water event during a stunning day at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. The event was the main event of the Swim Britain project, a national project taking place in venues all over the UK, with the aim of getting more people involved in the sport at all levels. The event involves teams of four swimmers completing a 16x250-metre relay course either in a pool, or in the case of the open water event, a lake. There were teams led by Little Britain star and channel swimmer David Walliams as well as swimming stars Keri-Anne Payne, David Carry and 1980 Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew. The all-girl Hereford team of captain Grace Alexander, Carla Thornewell, Lydia Stratford and Sian Dallimore were the youngest team in the event. They lined up behind World Open Water champion Payne’s family team at the start, with a clear aim to chase her team down at all costs.
“The event was full of fun and high fives as swimmers completed their 250m lap, ran out of the lake and high-five their waiting team member,” said Hereford coach Alex Dallimore. The Hereford squad finished in a remarkable one-hour one minute and 46 seconds, more than two minutes faster than the other 116 teams. Alexander recorded the second-fastest female split of all 500 competitors, second only to Payne.
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