WARRINGTON DOLPHINS LDSC 23rd BUDWORTH MERE CHAMPIONSHIPS REPORT
SATURDAY 3rd June 2017
This year’s event was a nice warm day. Water temperature was 19 Deg. C. Air temperature nice.
The course was set out on the Friday before, with Andy Wright at the wheel of the BLDSA Swimsafe boat and myself.
The day began early, very early, with swimmers registration from 7.45am and the issuing of numbers, hats and the all
important butty wrist band. Some swimmers, so keen to see the wonderful setting that we have at Budworth some swimmers
were there before 7.45am. The briefing started with introductions of Philip Yorke (BLDSA President Elect and Swim Referee) and
Colin Lewis (Safety Officer ) .
We had 72 entries this year (26 Wetsuits, 6 juniors, 33 seniors, 7 Veterans ). The 1 and 2 milers started first at approx. 9.10am
and then the 3 milers 10 minutes later. They started in an imaginary line with the jetty and a buoy.
We had safety cover from 2 Budworth boats with Aynsley Dowding and Chris Byrne helping, 1 BLDSA Swimsafe with Martyn
Coates and Philip Yorke (Referee), kayakers were Colin Lewis, John Lewis, Jo Blackburn, Mick Blackburn and Peter Fellows.
Amy Wyatt from Alsager Bridgestone came home first in 1:19.38 to take the Senior Ladies 3-mile Trophy, Dolphins Stephne
Dougles 1:32.46 and Sue Marsh 1:35.11, took second and third place respectively. Sue was also first Veteran home.
Senior Gents winner this year was young swimmer Ryan Huddart from Rykneld SC in a time of 1.11.05, second place was
Dolphin Jonathan Gatley 1.22.26, followed closely behind in third by fellow club member Mike Reason in 1.24.31. Nicholas
White from Blackpool won the 3 mile trophy.
The Junior 2-mile events were won by Amy Compton from Wirral Metro SC in 49.09 and Jai Bolton of the City Of Salford 47.23.
Both had excellent races.
The 1-mile events were won by Louise Fielding and Dan Reason from Howe Bridge.
Congratulations to all swimmers
Finally, the Merit Of The Mere shield was awarded to Billy Dutton, not just for his continuing contribution he gives to the
Warrington Dolphins but also for his endurance and his endeavour he has shown over the years.
I would also like to express my sincere thanks to all at Budworth Mere Sailing Club, Mr Steve Hubbard (Safety cover) and Mrs
Alison Hubbard (lady in the galley), for their continuing support and help at the event and also the other events we have there
throughout the year. The timekeepers Lynsday Farini, Andy Wright and also Jim Nurse.
I hope everybody had an enjoyable day and see you all next year.
Michaela & Larry Richard Swim Secretary