Created On: 19 September 2011

Perfect weather, a record turnout and some excellent swimming contributed to a superb finale to the 2011 SwimFesT Open Water Series on Sunday 18 September at Lakeside, Essex.

17 years old Alex Panayides produced an inspiring swim in the 5K race to win in a time of 1:03:56 with Pip Bennett finishing strongly to beat Simon Emm into third place by only 11 seconds. Super vet Peter Rae triumphed in the 3.8K race in a time of 58.00 followed by Kat Berry and Simon Trott in second and third respectively. In the 1500m race 15 years old Charlie Smith just broke the 18 minute mark to comfortably win the two lap event by 40 seconds with only four seconds separating Sonny Trigg and Theodore Ross behind him.  Josh Coleby was victorious in the 750m race in a time of 9:09, 45 seconds ahead of Arran Rae, with Evangeline Foster in third.

Held in partnership with Decathlon, the world's biggest sports retail chain supplying equipment and clothing for over 70 different sports and hosted by Lakeside Shopping Centre, SwimFesT has rapidly become established as one of the best optional wetsuit open water events in the calendar, uniquely offering split times for the 750 metre, 1500 metre, 3.8K and 5k race options over a 780 metre course.

With swim-under touch pad electronic chip timing and an in-water finish, spectator friendly facilities, and prizes and energy products provided by sponsors Decathlon and Powerbar, SwimFesT is proving popular with open water swimmers from the novice to the elite.


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