Dual world champion Adam Peaty was given a scare when coming across Belper Marlins in the opening round of the new National Arena Swimming League season.
The 20-year-old Peaty was competing for City of Derby A in a West Midlands Premier Division gala at the Stechford Cascades leisure centre in Birmingham. But he was pushed all the way by Marlins’ own breaststroke expert, Joshua Horobin, who might be four years younger but swam superbly to take second place. Cheered on by fans, Marlins performed well against five big clubs. The 13-and-under boys’ team of William Brookes, Dominic Shrimpling, Casper Raynard and Howie Barden won both their relays, as did the nine-to-11-year-old girls’ team of Jolie Baker, Eleanor Moseley, Poppy Hopewell and Phoebe Barden.