Proffitt takes second in international competition

DISTANCE EVENT: Patrick Briars, who was fifth in the one-mile swim
DISTANCE EVENT: Patrick Briars, who was fifth in the one-mile swim
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WEST Suffolk Swimming Club took part in the British Gas Great East Swim, held at Alton Water on Sunday, with Danny Proffitt starring for the club.

The event had been postponed for 24 hours due to the weather conditions.

In water temperatures of 13.5 degrees, Proffitt was the second Briton back in an international field in the one-mile elite men’s race, finishing sixth overall with a time of 17 minutes 34 seconds, and Jen Titterington finishing sixth in the elite women’s race, also as the second Briton home, in a time of 19.39.

In the one-mile swim, 16-year-old Patrick Briars led the pink wave of swimmers, finishing fifth overall.

In a competition of 987 swimmers, he managed a time of 21.12 even after a stop midway to check directions.

Masters swimmers Sharon Perry, Richard Wheeler and Andrea Mitchell, also took part, all completing the course in less than 40 minutes.

Several of WSSC’s age group swimmers also tried the half-mile distance.

There were some fine results from Chloe Riches, Amilia Graham, Bethany Mottram, Beth McCartney and Max Mitchell, with McCartney leading the WSSC group home in a time of 13.34, achieving 22nd place overall.

This was useful experience for the Regional Open Water Championships, due to take place in a few weeks’ time at Whitlingham Lakes, Norfolk, although in that competition, there will be no wetsuits.