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Aqua Sphere Powered Long Swim Series: race three
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Posted on: Tuesday 11th August 2009

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Following on from race one at South Cerney, and race two at Box End Park, Carle Green reports on the latest round of the Aqua Sphere Long Swim Series from Bournemouth.

The Votwo Aqua Sphere Powered Long Swim Series 2009

Race 3 - Bournemouth Bay, 9th August 2009

The third race in the 2009 Aquasphere Powered Long Swim Series took place in a beautifully sunny and calm Bournemouth Bay on Sunday August 9th.

Each of the four events in four different venues follow the format of a 3.8km Ironman triathlon distance swim and therefore attracts a mixture of triathletes and open water swimmers wanting an accurately measured race course on which to test their fitness and swimming skills.

Bournemouth Long Swim

Conditions were perfect for swimmers and specators alike with hundreds of holiday makers adding to the atmosphere on Southbourne beach where the race arena was situated. Some cloud cover in the morning kept the temperatures sensible and a light off shore breeze meant that anyone coming for waves was to be very disappointed!

With the hooter going off at 9:30am over 140 athletes ran into the sea and headed out for the first of three laps that made up the 3800m course. Straight away the field split right up with the faster athletes aiming for a sub-50 minute clocking and some hoping to get round in under 2.5 hours.

Bournemouth Long Swim

Rounding lap one in just over 16 minutes, a fast time was on for the lead pack and in the end John Wood emerged from the sea just in front of Ben Carter to take the win in 49:40. Remarkably Wood was racing in his brand new, untested Aquasphere Ironman Icon Elite wetsuit purchased just 30 minutes before the race from the event shop!

In the ladies race Jessica Wooddisse managed to beat another Aquasphere clad athlete, Joanne Swallow, who had won at Box End (the previous Long Swim venue). They both got in well under the hour in 57:41 and 58:44 respectively.

Though the leaders times were largely unaffected, many further down the pack found the rip currents difficult to contend with and generally the race times were a little slower than in the previous events; these having been in lakes which don't present the same level of challenge as the sea and it's currents and tidal movements!

One who was seemingly unaffected by the conditions though was junior Claire Hayward who once again took the junior ladies and non-wetsuit race in a brilliant 1:02:03.

Of the 143 starters only 10 athletes did not finish the course with a few of those opting for a ride in the nice lifeguard rescue boat back to shore!

Well done to all of the competitors who took part and we hope you can make the series finale at Dorney Lake, Windsor on September 6th. Details and online entries are available here.

Also many thanks to series sponsor Aquasphere in supporting such a fantastic series and event.


Pos Men Women
1st John Wood 49.40 Jessica Woddisse 57.41
2nd Ben Carter 49.49 Joanna Swallow 58.44
3rd Peter Dixon 51.31 Claire Hayward 1.02.03 (no wetsuit!)

Full results HERE.

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