Amy takes victory in the open water

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Brave swimmers from Linslade Crusaders took to the open waters to compete in the first of the ‘Mass Start’ series events at Box End Lake.

The temperatures had dropped drastically over the course of a week, falling from a chilly 14 degrees, to a positively breathtaking 10.

Amy Pepper and Charlotte Baxter swam in the 1500 metre event, while Bailey Danskin, competing for the first time, swam in the 750 metre race.

The swimmers all set off together, with around 50 participants swimming in total.

The challenge of the mass start event is that all of the competitors start together, regardless of distance, which can make the competition just as mentally demanding as it is physically.

This made the results of the races even more impressive with Amy Pepper taking victory, Charlotte Baxter came 3rd (only just behind Amy), and Bailey Danskin 4th.

Coach to the swimmers, Adele Danskin, said: ‘The race was a brilliant start to the open water season, well done to all three of them for braving the very cold conditions!’

Linslade Crusaders train at the lake throughout the season, with more competitions to follow.

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