Football Fun SYTri Style

sw01Football fun at Walford College this morning as members practiced their sighting skills.

Sarah Willhoit reigns victorious as SY Open Water Sighting Champion 2015 having won a hard fought swim and retained the magnificent Golden Ball over a distance of 100m. She now keeps the Golden Ball as her trophy and probably her most prized possession.

Sarah and Tracey’s adventure down South……….

S&T01Here is what coaches Sarah Exon and Tracey Hayward had to say about the 3.8K River Arun Swim

Sarah sold this event as a holiday on the South Coast, with sunshine and ice-cream…..reality, freezing wind, grey cloud and £6 parking (being from the North/Midlands, we were not used to Southern prices!).

Thankfully during the safety briefing the weather gods let us glimpse a small patch of blue sky and a break in the cloud revealed the sun – the placebo effect now on board meant we even believed that the river was 15 degrees (understand that is the standard temperature for a river, ask Sam!).

So the water is a beautiful light aqua colour, going with the tide so fast flowing, sadly to Sarah’s peril from leaky goggles the fact that the water was salty soon led toS&T02 stinging eyes.

Phonetic mix of arms, legs, bodies, swim caps follows the blast from the klaxon, but apart from people bashing the swim was glorious, so fast as they started us off a bit late so it was almost at full flow – we will however take the times we achieved as a damn find result, both sub 1 hour for an Ironman swim distance:

Sarah 52:30 Tracey 55:40

S&T03A well organised event and would recommend it, especially if training for a sea swim, that salty taste is just odd……….plus for those with hair, it really wrecks havoc with the locks and don’t get us started on our taste pallets post swim.

We had a great time, even managed to get changed in what turned out to be a very popular car park with holiday makers without being arrested and dragging SYTRI’s name into the mud!

Good Times!

S & T

River Arun S & T still in holiday mode

Short film from today’s open water swim session

Charlotte Mountain

The following short video was taken from today’s open water swim session coached by Charlotte , one of our qualified ASA Level 2 open water swim coaches.

More information about these sessions can be found here



New Open Water Swim Course

SYTri’ Two Day Beginner Open Water Swim Course

Saturday, August 22, 2015 Lake04
Walford & North Shropshire College Baschurch Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom  SY4 2HL

Introduction to Our Two Day Open Water Swimming Weekend

This is an introduction to open water swimming for beginners. The water quality of the lake is of a high standard and tested by an independent company, and set in an ideal location.  We aim to give participants a safe and supportive experience and enable you to get swimming outdoors. If you have no prior knowledge or experience we will cover all of the basics and help you to develop, whatever your level of fitness or ability.

For more detailed information and full itinerary click here