Tooting Bec Lido SwimRun
SwimRun came to South West London as Total Motion Events and The South London Swimming Club hosted this exciting new sport at the Tooting Bec Lido.
No-one knew quite what to expect when they arrived at the Lido in rather chilly and blustery conditions (just like the real thing), but spirits were quickly lifted as participants learnt more and became eager to start. With 4 swims and 4 runs of varying distances and routes there was plenty to think about pre race, but as we set off competitors threw themselves into the racing.
SwmRun events are notoriously challenging, but the safe (luke) warm lido and the extremely well marshalled run routes meant that our SwimRunners were in safe hands, and only need think about the job in hand.
There was fantastic representation from the South London Swimming Club members, as well as local triathlon clubs Clapham Chasers and Windrush Tri Club. The Clapham Chaser pairing of Murphy & Wolke gave a masterclass in team work as they worked closely throughout with some amazing synchronised swimming (not in the holding breath with legs in the air way!) Ben Hieatt-Smith & Katie Curd took the male and female victories with fine individual displays.
Thank you to everyone involved in this inaugural event, from the team at SLSC who worked to get this event off the ground, to the participants who took a step into the unknown and above all to the fabulous marshals who, with smiles on faces ensured that everybody knew where they were going...and brought cake!
Until next time...