It was a clear, warm and sunny day in late September 2020 when 27 Spencer swimmers met and did the annual Spencer mile.
All fake news of course. It was windy, cold air, warm water and there were numerous waves of socially distanced swimmers at 2-minute intervals that took to the water. Two swimmers with other commitments did the swim prior to the group!!
What was in effect the only competition most swimmers will have this year, the swimmers braved c15 degrees, mostly in wetsuits to do the swim.
A very fast 22.11 minutes saw Simon Berry win the overall event.
Tracy Wheeler was first woman home in 24.19.
Frist female skin was Lisa Hibberd in an impressive 26.56 and first male skin was Rob Tate in 24.45.
Rob had already decided the event was too easy so cycled on to Thorpe and of course back again.
The course was twice round an 800 track. Cleary marked but made tricky by a headwind on the way back. Whilst chilly it was by no mean cold, although FINA would not have liked it!
It was great to see so many swimmers making the effort in what was our second annual mile and of course rearranged as a venue due to the cancellation of the Thames swim due to the current disease restrictions.
Congratulations to each and every one of the competitors.
We return to the pool with this one under our belt and only 10 months to train for Spencer Mile 3.