The ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield from 23rd – 25th October 2015.
A team of 13 PSUK swimmers travelled from near and far to represent GB Police team. The National Masters event is the final event in the 2015 diary for the PSUK swimmers. The team finished on a high with some excellent Individual and team performances.
The weekend started off bright and early on the Friday morning with the Mens 1500 FC. In the 35/39 Yrs Nigel Gaskin (West Mids) finished 5th. In the 45/49 Yrs Richard Evans (MET) secured 2nd place. Evans with no time to rest then jumped in the pool and raced in the Mens 200 IM finishing 8th. Sara Gamble (West Mids) finished 8th in the Womens 25/29 Yrs 200 IM.
In the Mens 200 FC - 25/29 Yrs, Ryan Long (West Mids) finished 9th and 35/39 Yrs Nigel Gaskin finished 6th. The Womens 200 FC event 35/39 Yrs, Sarah Hempenstall finished in 9th. 40/44 Yrs - Claire Thorn finished in 6th.
After a hard morning of swimming the team got together to race in the first wave of relays.
In the Mens 100+ Yrs 200 IM Ryan Long, Aaron Jones, Todd Alsop, and Brian Steatham secured an impressive 2nd place in a time of 1:53.74. The Womens 120+Yrs 200 IM team consisting of Aimee Ramm, Sara Gamble, Sarah Hempenstall and Claire Thorn finished in 3rd place.
After a short break the teams were back in the pool. This time the mixed 100+ 200 FC team - Steatham, Ramm, Gamble and Long brought home gold with another outstanding swim. In the 160+ team Gaskin, Hempenstall, Thorn and Evans finished in 6th.
In the 100 individual Breastroke event, Steatham finished 4th and in the 40/44 Yrs Geoff Boddie also finished just outside the medals, in 4th. In the same event for the women, Gamble finished 6th, Ramm 4th and Thorn 5th.
Day 1 on the poolside was finished off with two excellent swims from the Mens 100+ 200 FC relay team - Steatham, Jones, Alsop, Long and the Womens 120+ 200 FC relay team – Ramm, Gamble, Thorn and Hempenstall. Both teams finished 3rd in their event.
All refreshed after a meal and a good night's kip, the GB team descended on the poolside for another gruelling day at the pool. First off was Gaskin in the Mens 400 FC he finished in 6th. Claire Thorn in the Womens 400 FC finished 4th, just missed the medals by a second.
The next event, 100 IM saw Richard Evans finish 8th and Sarah Hempenstall finish 5th.
Gaskin, Hempenstall, Thorn and Evans then took on the challenge to race the 160+ 800 FC mixed relay team, 200 meters each. The team got off to a good start and after the first leg they were in 1st position. The team comfortably held on to 1st all the way through the race and finished 1st in a time of 9:08.91. 27 seconds ahead of their nearest competitors.
Session 5 of day 2 was finished off with Mens and Womens 50m Breastroke and the 100m Butterfly. Competing in these events were Jones, Steatham, Carl Smith, Sara Gamble, Vic Standen, Claire Thorn. In the Butterfly the swimmers were Long, Alsop and Hempenstall. All swimmers competing finished respectfully in their age groups.
Late into the Saturday evening saw the final session commence with the mixed 120+ 200m IM relay team. Lead out by Long, Steatham, Ramm and Standen. They battled hard but just missed 1st place by less than 0.5 second, finishing in 2nd position.
With the relays not long finished. The Mens GB swimmers Long, Steatham, Gaskin and Evans all took to the water for a final race of the evening in the 100m FC event. All finished with respectful times and age group positions.
In the Womens 100 FC event Standen and Hempenstall took to the water and also had impressive individual swims.
In the Womens 30/34 Yrs 100 FC event Aimee Ramm (Leicestershire) had a fantastic swim. Ramm finished in 1st position breaking the current GB record, setting a new GB record in a time of 58:13. Well done Aimee!
Saturday's events were finished off with two great performances in the Mens and Womens 200m Breastroke event. Geoff Boddie finished in 4th and Claire Thorn in 3rd.
With the weekends swimming over for majority of the team. The GB swimmers took to the streets of Sheffield for a few well deserved late night celebrations.
The tough and the brave took on day three bright and early Sunday morning at the International Sports Centre all competing in individual events. The swimmers racing were Jones, Alsop, Carl Smith, Standen and Hempenstall.
A special mention goes out to the 'Speedy James Patterson' for his usual brief appearance with a 'Splash and Dash' 2 lengths performance in the FC event finishing 6th in his age group. We look forward to having you back on the GB team next year James.