Halloween decorations adorned the pool as Belper Marlin Swimming Club hosted the fourth Ghoul in the Pool Open Meet in Derby last week.
The event proved to be a screaming success, not only because of the record number of entries in the competition, but also because of the massive amount of trophies and medals local children brought back with them.
It was the first time the Ghoul in the Pool had been run as a licensed meet, which meant many more high level swimmers entered with even a team coming from France to compete.
There were some great performances from Belper, too numerous to mention. It was very pleasing to see swimmers who have recently adjusted their technique doing big PB times such as Cameron Haynes in his 100m freestyle.
Many PBs continued to tumble right throughout a long and tiring day, a reflection of the training put in by the swimmers both in the pool and in land training.
With 21 first places, 29 second and 20 third places, plus another 58 fourth to sixth places, it was an incredible day.
Chief coach Mike Brett was delighted with the overall performance and praised the attitude of the swimmers and how they are making the club a formidable presence.
Well done to all the swimmers, to the army of parent helpers and to Paul Horobin and the organising committee who put so much time and effort into arranging this sensational competition.