We’re simply the best! That’s what the swimmers of Belper Marlins were singing after an overwhelming success in the Four Towns Gala.
Competing against Ashbourne, Leek and Dove Valley, the Marlins completed a clean sweep of victories in the four galas that have been staged over the past year and so lifted the prestigious trophy.
The final gala, held at the Adam Peaty Pool in Uttoxeter was a close-run thing, but Marlins (107) pipped Leek (106) by one point, with Dove Valley a further two points behind in third and Ashbourne in fourth on 96.
However, the overall points totals from all four galas showed the Belper swimmers way ahead with a staggering tally of 488, almost 100 clear of second-placed Dove Valley (390). Leek totalled 383 and Ashbourne 371.