Can you be too good?
That was the question posed by Belper Marlin Swimming Club members last week.
Thrashing the opposition but not coming home with the accolade was the bittersweet feeling in the Four Towns Gala at Ashbourne. Belper Marlin Swimming Club were in an extremely strong position to take away the trophy for the run of competitive galas against the other three clubs in the area – Ashbourne, Leek and Dove Valley.
The team was made up of the same group of children that started the competition but what head coach Mike Brett had not banked on was how well he had trained them and so how massively the children had improved on their PBs.
Mike had already left out a large group of children in the club as they were too fast to compete.
What then happened was a delight to see.
All the swimmers that were selected won race after race after race - and these were his supposedly some of the club’s slower swimmers!
But all this speed from the swimmers had a price.
By winning so many races with such good times, the children got ‘speeding tickets’ which then sadly put a handicap on the team, lowering the points scored and therefore losing the silverware.
Overall, Belper received 15 speeding tickets and won 21 out of the 44 events.
These were picked up by the 10 and unders, through to the open swimmers just proving how good the mighty Marlins are.
A spokesman for the club said: “Just as with the Arena League two weeks ago, it shows that Belper have strength in depth and the quality is really starting to show through.
“The gala on the night was won by Dove Valley (123 points) beating Belper into second place (100 points) – sad but we can’t really complain.
“Well done to all our swimmers who competed, particularly the ten year and under swimmers.
“These included Danny Skinner, Daisy Gardiner, Rebecca Phelan, Howie Barden, Caitlin Oram, Samuel Brookes, Lydia Hallsworth, Dean Thurnham, Dean Smith, Phoebe Barden and Eleanor Mosley.
“They were absolutely brilliant on the night and showed to everyone how bright the future is for the Belper Marlin squad.
“Mini torpedoes is how I would describe them! Watch out here we come!”