Created On: 21 July 2011

The second event in the 2011 SwimFesT Series took place at Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex on 17 July with record numbers and a bit of luck with the weekend's unpredictable British weather holding off during the entire race programme.

Winners of the four race distances were Evangeline Foster in the 750m; Jack Peasgood, only one second ahead of Armanni Antoine Chargar in the 1500m; Matt Molloy in the 3.8K; and Simon Emm in the 5K. Full results including split times are available at

"I really enjoyed SwimFesT. It was a lot of fun with a good turnout of competitors and spectators and I'll be back for more in September" said Kate McNeill, Public Relations Manager for the events sponsorship partner Decathlon. Kate was using the race as part of her preparations for the Outlaw Triathlon this weekend and competed in the 1500m race, finishing second in her age group.

SwimFesTs reputation for quality and value for money continues to grow and bookings for the final event in the Series on 18 September are well ahead of last year. With the addition of sprint relay races for teams of allcomers, which is attracting a lot of interest, it is promising to be a grand finale to the open water season.

Race Director Mike Porter from Triathlon Racing Inc, who organises the series with coaching specialists SwimforTri, was delighted with Sunday's event.  "Feedback has been excellent but we continue to look at ways to improve and make this as close to an elite race as possible" he said.

SwimFesT, the spectator-friendly open water race series, is hosted by Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex, and sponsored by Decathlon - the world's biggest sports retail chain supplying equipment and clothing for over 70 different sports, and sports nutrition specialists Powerbar.

For more information on entering SwimFesT visit

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