There was only standing room for Belper Marlin Swimming Club supporters at the Ripley Rascals meet last weekend.
In the eight-lane pool, children and a few adults competed against each other to collect medals, trophies and, as always, crush their personal best times.
Even though the Christmas holiday was still only a few weeks ago, and turkey and Christmas pudding were a still clear in the memory, it was not holding the Belper Marlin team back.
After New Year, regular training was back up to speed and land training at the Sport Centre on a Sunday evening had blown away the late nights and any after-effects of over-indulgence.
Belper Marlin came away with a mass of accolades and those that didn’t had impressed the head coach with their improvements in their personal best times, a total of 69 in all.
Overall the Marlin team bagged 17 first places, ten seconds, eight thirds, 17 fourths, seven fifths and nine sixth places, totalling a highly impressive 68 medals and trophies winging their way back to Belper.
Special mention must go to Madeleine Shrimpling and Casper Raynard, who excelled and came out with national times for 100m breaststroke and 200m freestyle respectively.
A club spokesman said: “By the end of the day, the parents were wilting on the outside from the pool heat but were so impressed by the efforts of their children.
“I think that the parents and coaches need a medal for their commitment and support, so if you are a Belper Marlin or one of the many teams that took part give your parents a big thank you, and maybe pop one of your many medals around their necks - you’ve got plenty to spare!”