Experience pays off for Marlin quartet as ten races are won

Belper Marlin Swimming Club's Helen Skinner, Chris Weeds, Robert Rantzen and Caroline Kearley
Belper Marlin Swimming Club's Helen Skinner, Chris Weeds, Robert Rantzen and Caroline Kearley
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Belper Marlin Swimming Club continued to demonstrate over Easter that the club not only has young talent but also skilled members who have been around the pool for a little longer.

A team of four more ‘seasoned’ Marlins took Hucknall by storm at the Calverton & Bingham Masters meet.

They were Helen Skinner, Chris Weeds, Robert Rantzen and Caroline Kearley, competing in her first masters event.

The team entered 20 events, winning ten of them. This ensured that they each won their age category, making Belper one of the most successful clubs at the meet. Personal best times were set, prizes won and a promise to return next year was made.

Meanwhile several carloads of swimmers below the age of 20 took the 36-mile trip to Sheffield to compete in the DX Open Meet. This was at the Ponds Forge 50m Pool and, as usual, the competition was of a very high standard.

They had closed this meet early and as a result had to reject over 1,000 entries so credit is due to the Marlin members who swam.

Over the two days, the club’s swimmers achieved numerous personal best times and some managed to get Midland and National times. This included William Brook, who achieved a 200m FC Midland Time and Joshua Horobin, a 100m Fly and 200m FC Midland Time and 200m BR National Time. Other swimmers who attended were Maddie Shrimpling, Sam Frost, Ryan Horobin, Elliott Stubbs and Amy Neild.

A club spokesman added: “All swam exceptionally well and improved on there own PBs. These were two great displays from the Mighty Marlins, both at one end and the other of the age spectrum!”