Three Generations Open Water Swim at Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Three generations of the same family took to the waters of Hinchingbrooke Country Park Lake the other week confirming the popularity of triathlons and open water swimming to all ages.


I spoke with Adam Boon and his son George about their open water swimming and the previous week when they had been joined by Adam's father Tim Boon, as they all swam together at the BRJ Run and Tri Open water training session in the main lake at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. Showing that open water swimming which is part of the clubs triathlon training session has a multi-generational appeal. Indeed it was typical of the BRJ group as a whole, as young and old shared the pleasure of open water swimming. Tim Boon was unable to make the swim when I visited but should be back in the coming weeks.


Last week was George's first open water swim. "It was harder this week" said 11 year old George, but he still enjoyed it. "It was choppy this week" added Adam. Last week when all three swam together it was calm and still and though it was about 13C both weeks in the water, 11 year old George felt it was colder last week.


Adam said they are hoping to all enter the Henley Mile event. "They have a junior half mile swim, and it would be great if we could all swim it together" said Adam " I have two brothers, it would be good to rope them in too. A big family swim."


For Adam it is the swimming that interests him the most and the chance to swim in open water in such a beautiful setting is quite rare. He did once swim the water leg of a triathlon as part of the team, but has no plans to compete in a triathlon whereas young George said he would really like to do a triathlon. I watched as they were out in the water for sometime swimming the clockwise course marked by red buoys. It was quite windy creating the choppy waves, and not making it the easiest swim ever. So, George certainly has the swim leg of any triathlon under his control.


Swimming is actually not permitted in the lake but BRJ Run and Tri have special permission to swim in the lake on Friday evenings throughout the summer months and as Adam said "it is all very professional, it's really well run."


Jackie Wren who is the Triathlon coordinator at BRJ said "We have a very good relationship with the Park Ranger and also with the Huntingdon Canoe Club, who give up their free time every Friday as an extra safety measure at our swim sessions."


"We would like to promote the fact that swimming and triathlon has no age barrier - young or old and would like to encourage some more veterans to join as well as a few more juniors." Said Jackie.


All three generations of the Boon family plan to be back again in future weeks to swim together again. Let hope the water warms up a bit though.


Nick Bradford


Junior Running Group Easter Fun

We had a good turnout again at the regular Wednesday night BRJ junior running group, but training was a bit different this week. It being Easter week there were plenty of eggs, spoons and chocolate about, not usual items at our junior sessions, but it all made for some Easter fun.


After the usual warm-up taken this week by team captains Ed Cochrane and Emily Wake-Primett the junior runners set off on a 1.6 mile Guestimate run. Runners had to guest how long the run would take them. The nearest actual time to the guestimated time won a large Easter Egg as a prize. Fin Ruddock won the boys guestimate and Amie Smith won the girls event.


This was followed by a team Egg and Spoon relay race. Parents/adults were persuaded to make up an extra team of nine to compete against the three junior teams to add a little spice, with the adults only managing to finish third of the four teams, much to the delight of the juniors.


Overall it was a fun evening for all with all the children getting a bag of mini chocolate eggs to finish. Thanks to Mel for organising the evenings events.


The picture shows the juniors with their bags of Easter Eggs, and in the centre Amie Smith and Finn Ruddock the Guestimate winners with their large Easter Egg Prizes. (Photo by Paul Homewood)

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