Myles takes on new challenge

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Bury St Edmunds swimmer Myles Turner took on the 3km challenge at the ASA National Open Water Championships.

Held at Rother Valley Country Park, this was Turner’s first attempt at the gruelling distance.

By the time the 3km event was about to commence, there were winds of between 25 and 30 miles-per-hour to contend with, along with the rougher water conditions. 

Turner was quick into the water, but got caught up in the masses and, eager to avoid a head on collision with a stray buoy, found himself close to the back of the pack.

He gradually made up ground and manged to finish 11th in the boys 15-years category in a time of 39 minutes and 38 seconds.

Turner, along with fellow Bury swimmers Jack Bowyer and Lana Mo, competed in the ASA Summer Nationals the following day.

The trio were all reprsenting West Suffolk Swimmers at the event, which was held in the 50 metre pool at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Bowyer qualified for his favourite event, the boys 50m butterfly, with a personal best swim in the morning heats.

In the final, he just missed out on improving on his best time, finishing in ninth.

Turner competed in three of the toughest middle distance events in the pool – the 400m individual medley (IM), the 200m backstroke and the 400m freestyle.

He finished 16th in the 15-years 400m IM, 17th in the 400m freestyle and 13th in the 200m backstroke, with the latter event just missing the finals by 1.5 seconds.

Mo found herself in the 16/17-years age group this year, despite still being 15.

She started off with a strong first 50m, but fell slightly off the pace on the second 50m, finishing in 16th position overall.