Monday, August 12, 2019

Scottish National Open Water Championships 2019 - Review

Despite weather warnings throughout the week, our National Open Water Championships was the only thing that went down a storm. The mood at Loch Venachar was largely positive across the weekend as swimmers of all ages took to the open water in a number of challenging events.

Saturday’s weather could not have started better, with the sun beating down on the very picturesque Callander lochside. 39 swimmers arrived to take part in our first event, the 5km race. It was Jamie McCaffray who hit home first in a time of 57:50.9, in what was the start of a very successful weekend for the Modernian swimmer.

Jamie spoke of his delight at reclaiming one of his national titles. “It was a good race. I love competing here in Scotland and it’s easy to see why if you look around you. I’m hoping this race helps me progress through the ranks to help me get in contention for GB Open Water.”

The non-resident Scot had similar success on Sunday, by claiming gold in the 10km race. Jamie finished in an impressive 2:00:25.4 to ensure he took home the national trophy yet again. Struan Kingdom of Ren96 and James Leitch closely followed to claim silver and bronze respectively, whilst it was Katie Taylor of City of Glasgow Swim Team who clinched the female title in 2:08:36.6. Similarly to Jamie, this was Katie’s second title of the weekend after starting Saturday with 5k gold.

As the weather deteriorated on Saturday afternoon, the swimmers took to the water for the 2k races. It was Nathan Grimley of Fauldhouse Penguins who came in quickest with a time of 24:07.9, whilst Jenny Galloway of Warrender Baths timed best in the female category with 25:39.4. A number of age group swimmers claimed medals in this event, with full results available on the link below.

Calmer conditions welcomed in Sunday where we enjoyed both the Venachar Challenge and two 1k heats before noon. Another Warrender swimmer, Finlay Scott, was fastest in the 1k races with a time of 11:28.4 and Fins CSC’s Nicole Reynolds was in with 12:48.7 to become the fastest female. More age group winners are available to view on the link below.

The Scottish National Open Water Championships has grown steadily over the years and #SNOWs19 received its highest ever entry to date. Thank you to Loch Venachar and their staff for hosting the venue and supporting our fantastic team of volunteers across the weekend.  A big shout out to Open Water Rescue for being on-hand for assistance as well as Burnside First Aid helping out our swimmers throughout.

You can view full results from #SNOWs19 right here.