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Deltasimons Aquathon – series finale





Wow wow wow – what a finale event!

To start with Liam Tancock, MULTIPLE GOLD MEDALIST, Olympian and current WORLD RECORD HOLDER of 50m Backstroke Long course popped along to wish everyone well, have a few photos taken and undertake race starter duties – we can all tell you that Liam is possibly the nicest fella in swimming, thank you for coming along!

The event itself saw large September fields in both the Junior and Adult races. Congratulations to Nick Martin who posted a new course record at the Deltasimon’s Aquathon on his first outing! Nicks record stands at 21:29 (800m swim / 3000m run) which took a whopping 52 seconds of the previous record held by Jon Bromfield Both are off to the ITU World champs in Rotterdam this month along with 14 other athletes who race at the Aquathon. Can’t say the field isn’t deep in Lincolnshire!

As for the series wins – Well Harriet Johnson and Wayne Stott took the honours there with a fine points lead by both. Both athletes competed in all rounds and had multiple podium places. Harriet finished the series with a first place winning Round 5 and heads off to Rotterdam at an absolute peak!

In the Over 40s Bodhi Cup, Steve Paley took the overall win. Steve is an absolute quality athlete who has represented GB tri all over the world but for one reason or another has not competed much of late, to see him focussed and storming through the field was an absolute pleasure – welcome back. Also Eleanor Weinburg taking honours in the O40 (ahem over 21’s) for the ladies whilst also scooping second spot on the night – great racing.

In the junior race it all came down to the very last lap and Ben Taylor took the win on the night by six seconds from Ashwin Kumar, another very close race and loads of smiling juniors crossing the finish line (one of them with only one shoe!)

A massive well done to all athletes this season and thank you to all of our supporters, sponsors and to Activities Away Lincoln to hosting – we look forward to seeing you all and more next season.

Thanks all – any questions about results or series standings as ever please just ask.

Deltasimons Aquathon Round 5 6 September 2017 – Adults

Deltasimons Aquathon Round 5 6 September 2017 – Juniors

Deltasimons Aquathon – 2017 Series Standings Male

Deltasimons Aquathon – 2017 Series Standings Female

Deltasimons Aquathon – Series standings

John Sharp





Well folks the season has been getting better and better. We started (and finished) Round 1 in absolutely shocking weather – not even good for ducks. Since May however every single round has been bathed in glorious weather and the course records have just kept tumbling. In Round 2 Jono Bromfield lowered the overall course record (22:21) and just this week Chris Davies lowered the run course record (11:15), Tara Haworth the ladies swim course record (10:15).

We have also seen bigger fields than ever been before and as a consequence we have had the pleasure of being fully supported by our brand partners Blueseventy and Giant at every round. Plus we have now been joined by Total Sports and Supplements with On Running plus Swimzi have been a hit as well. With such good brands on site you are in the best possible place to get hands on access to the best kit and equipment available.
Round Five – Series Finale!

Well Wednesday September 6th will be a bumper event, we will not only have our heat winners to announce we will also be announcing SERIES winners (standings are below) plus we will be announcing our OVER 40s Winners – Male and Female and the leading over 40s athlete will get to take home the Bodhi Cup for Christmas!  

(Winner gets 20 points and we award down to 20th place)

2017 Delta Simons Aquathon – Series totals after R4 Female

2017 Delta Simons Aquathon – Series totals after R4 Male

Deltasimons Aquathon Round 4 – 2017

Round Four this month – simply amazing, great atmosphere and support from everyone and amazing athletes too all the way through the field (oh and Ruth, I think you knocked another 3 minutes off too – I knew you were fast!)

All I can say is that you know …….

When athletes such as Richard Walker turn up You know the event is on the map.

You know when Tara Haworth is swimming it’s going to be quick (10:15 800m) “chicking” the whole field! We now call that getting Tara’d!!

You know when Chris Davies is going for a run course record it WILL fall.

You know when your neighbour brings their daughter who has NEVER swum in open Water that this event really is accessible to all.

The Deltasimons Aquathon. Whoever you are, whatever you want to achieve, whatever your goal, first timer to GB AG Athlete – this is for you. This is YOUR event. Massive thanks to everyone who took part, volunteered and supported. Thank you also to all of our brand partners, Blueseventy, Giant, Swimzi, Total Sports & Supplements with On Running.

Mostly, and I don’t say this enough. Thank you Deltasimons. You made this happen for your community. We really appreciate it.

All of the evenings results are below any queries please ask (series results to follow) and there will be photographs available shortly as well from throughthelensphotography.

Thanks everyone – we look forward to seeing you at the series finale on September 6th where we will announce our series winners and the Over 40s winner of the Bodhi Cup!

Delta Simons Aquathon Series – Adults Round Four (16 August 2017)

Delta Simons Aquathon Series – Juniors Round Four (16 August 2017)

12 July 2017 – Round three!

On this third outing of the Deltasimons Aquathon 2017 we managed to attract almost (almost people read between the lines, bring friends) almost 100 racers! A record number of juniors 43 took part and just slightly more adults in the main race.

Adults you are almost being shown the way now both in number and speed! Ashley Kumar (junior) recorded a single run lap split of 4:06, only Steven Hobday recorded a faster single run lap split in the adult race of 4:05! Next time Ashley lets get him!

Well done to everyone who took part, its great to see so many returning athletes and a mix of new faces too. We very much look forward to seeing you for Round 4 on Wednesday 16th August. Results are below, any queries please let me know. Have a good weekend.

Deltasimons Aquathon – Adult Results (Round 3 – 12 July 2017)

Deltasimons Aquathon – Junior Results (Round 3 – 12 July 2017)

24 Hour Swim 2017

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Each Year 100% Swimming provide Endurance Swimming opportunities for individuals, pairs and teams over distances of 12 and 24 miles. The time allowed for each distance is 12 and 24 hours respectively. On the face of it these two separate events would seem quite straightforward as that’s a very generous dollop of time to provide for those distances.

The problem comes when you realise that it is broken into bite sized chunks, 1 mile every 1 hour nothing more and nothing less. You get out wait and then press the restart button on the hour every hour. In the meantime you wait, you try to get a little warmer, you certainly get a little more tired and some folk a little more grumpy. But hey you always have me on hand to cheer you up, you know for when you have hit a real low! Failing that Caroline and Vicki do Cheery pretty well!

Anyway, here is an account by one of our 24 hour solo swimmers, Paul Smith, if you fancy having a go at this event in 2018 – have a read of this first and just check with yourself before signing up. If you are thinking about the event already then it probably is for you but there are a few passages to make you stop and think in this account. So just in case you are unsure if you really want to do the event have a read. Cup of tea at the ready, feet up……


Paul Smith – 24 hour swimmer

I have written this because someone who I respect very much both as a swimmer and as a person asked me to write up our 24-hour endurance swim on 22-23 June. It’s a long read, so either fix yourself a cup of Joe and a biscuit and pull up a chair, or scroll down.

The swim was Paul Fowler‘s100% Swimming 24-Hour Endurance Swim – a mile every hour on the hour with whatever is left over for recovery. It takes place over or close to the Solstice to take advantage of the shortest night and it happens at Activities Away at Lincoln. This year it involved a number of DYSTers, including the estimable Sparky Whittle, the fiercely determined Hazel Killingbeck, Snakey Hips Mark Johansen, Judith Shoulders Charman and a bunch of others, swimming it either as a solo, in pairs, threes or fours. Sparky, Hazel and I were among the 11 soloists, all but four of whom finished.

It’s a tight little event. Paul only allows 20 ‘swmmers’, whether that’s the soloists or the relay teams and the lucky applicants are drawn by lots months in advance. No excuses for not getting the training in then…

24-hour swims are like fairground rides. They seem like a good idea, but once you start, there’s no stepping off. The rhythm is relentless. The choice is yours. If you sign up for 24 hours in hell, don’t be surprised when that’s what you get.

I’m going to switch to the historic present tense now, not a tense I recommend to my students, but an acceptable literary device when trying to deliver intimacy and immediacy, I think.

By the time Lou and I arrive at the venue, it’s nearly four o’clock in the afternoon, three hours to kick-off, and most of the other swimmers are already there and setting up camp. Louise Barber is my top swimmie mate and with Roger Taylor forms the dream team of buddies that Paul requires us all to have. Roger is already there with his camper van, whose fan heater is going to be the secret weapon of this swim. Dry togs at 6 in the morning are the way to go, I shall tell you.

I know some though not all of the people here. Sparky and his family are already well ensconced. He asks about the training I’ve been doing for this… Er… well, just swimming really… He and his swimmies have been doing some serious prep at the Blue Lagoon… Ooh blimey, I think, this could be tricky.

Down to the water’s edge and I look at the lake. I have swum here a few times and know it pretty well. A regular 800-metre rectangle with a giant Minion ™ at every corner. It’s a pleasant evening and the forecast is for maybe some showers, a bit of wind but nothing too hot. In fact, the conditions are pretty much perfect throughout the swim, though a headwind on the back leg come Friday means the compulsory butt buoy gives a tug every now and again. And who doesn’t love an occasional tug down the back straight?

I register, install my deckchair and kit in the soloists marquee (which in fact only about five of us use, the others preferring to go back to their tents), and then Roger, Lou and I discuss the rotation. Lou is my kayaker and will be on the water with me from the hour at 9 pm, while Roger will work the dry side till midnight, then go and get some kip till Lou comes off the kayak at 4.30-ish… if we can unglue her by then.

Sparky and the Whittlettes join me in the marquee, along with Debbie Murphy and before long we’ve requisitioned a corner for the three of us and buddies. Food and drink is to be shared and a feast is laid on the table. In fact, one of the biggest challenges of the day is deciding what you think you’re going to need after the next mile. Half the time you guess, sometimes you get it wrong…

Paul briefs at six. Lou posts up a photo of the three of us on FB. I haven’t really told many people about the swim, but now it’s out there. You’ll be surprised to learn, Dear Reader, given that I’m a mouthy get, that I don’t like to announce these things in advance. I know it’s in the Channel Swimmer’s Rule Book because it makes you stick to it, but I’m not one them and I prefer to talk about what I did, not what I might or might not do. Anyway, the ‘good luck’ messages pour in. Someone says I’ll ‘smash it’. How I hate that expression. Do people know its origin? Oh well…

The nerves-factor means that, in the end, I yield to the Imodium, which keeps me on the straight and narrow throughout. Then at seven, it begins… Four of us emerge out front and go off way too fast. Sparky has been working to a 26-minute plan, which seems reasonable to me, but we negative split the first mile at under 24… The same happens on the second.

Sparky talks to the other two, Mark and Nat. Mark is prepping the Channel and doesn’t need this pace. In fact he soon drops back anyway. Nat is only doing 12 hours. Sparky suggests we swim a diamond, each taking one ‘length’ . This works for the miles 3 and 4, but Mark soon finds this too fierce and eases off, so we run a three way train for the next few hours, Nat, Sparky and I.

The kayaks are on the water from 9, an hour earlier than really necessary but good practice for them. In fact, we can see the minions, decked out in green glow sticks, pretty well from the water. And Lou knows where I am… She just has to follow the slap. When it stops, she gets concerned. And she does get concerned.No-one knows my swimming better than Lou.

As I leave the water, Roger, whose gentle, patient manner is the perfect foil to Lou’s more direct style, unbuckles the pink My Little Pony Butt Buoy (see photo), hands me dry togs and a towel and I head for the changing rooms while he hangs the float on the bar to show that I am out of the water. And so it goes.

All is reasonably okay until the midnight swim, after a refuel of spag bol. Suddenly, my arms feel heavy and my shoulders are screaming. Lou notices interruptions in the slap. This is the sign. I’m struggling. Six hours, one-quarter of the way, and my head is asking if I can really take this pain multiplied by four. The swims at 1 and 2am are excrutiating and I have to shorten my stroke just to get through it, but Nat and I are still working the chain. Sparky is off. You have to swim at your pace. That’s fine. During the midnight swim, some flash git with a blinking green light shoots past me at a rate of knots. Turns out it’s Gunner Johansen on his relay leg… And yet I’m still turning in 28s.

This is the moment where you realise that you have three buddies: the two your brought with you and your fellow swimmers. Sparky tells me to reassess the swim and Nat suggests getting a hot shower after each mile to loosen the shoulders. Paul Fowler, part Regimental Sergeant Major, part Mother Hen, comes to see me. It’s what he does with all the swimmers and he does it bloody well. The crew on the entrance and exit alert him to who’s looking a bit worn. Believe me, at the end of the first lap of the 2am swim I was within a fag paper of turning left and getting out. You’re a 5 and 10k swimmer Paul. Stick to what you know. ‘You’ll be fine’ says Lou. She’s right, but it doesn’t feel that way.

Waiting for the 3am mile my head is down, literally, and the hood comes over. I’m really not sure I want any of this. And the sensation of slipping between crisp white cotton sheets is almost palpable. Five minute call and I wrench myself to my feet. Kerrist…

And then the 3am is the best yet (or so Lou says) and the sun rises…

Sparky is now in a league of his own and Nat and I are sharing it out between us, though she begins to drop as the halfway point approaches… and she’s leaving at 12 hours anyway due to other commitments. I thank her for the tows and the toes. During the hard hours, it’s good to be able to get your head down, look at feet and breathe bilaterally to take the strain off the shoulders.

Lou’s off to get some well-earned kip after 8 miles kayaking and SuperRoger is back on it. I can’t help thinking what a terrific batman he’d make. In any case, his unstinting kindness soothes my uneasiness and the morning flies by. The routine is this. Swim for 28 minutes, unbuckle, grab togs, get to shower, dry and change, back at the marquee by five-and-twenty to, eat, drink, breathe. Also, I have discovered that I don’t like the ‘out’ leg, so to break the monotony of it, I start each mile at the back of the field and work my way through. This distracts me well enough for half the 350-metre length. It leaves me well off the pace, but that’s not the point.

And this is where I take my hat off to the slower swimmers who, having started at 33-35 have drifted to 38. So little time. But they hold on.

Team Whittle are doing a terrific job. Mrs Sparky and their two smashing daughters are there for, well everyone really. But we’re concerned about Debbie, who seems with every hour to be sinking into a hole. That she carries on and finishes is a testament to her spirit. She’s out for the count, but she never gives up. Nor does Hazel, who even manages to cat-nap while swimming.

It was all going so well. And then, as we are about to hit the water for mile 18 at midday, Paul reminds us that after this one we’ve done three-quarters of the swim… Is that all? Suddenly it feels like we still have an immense distance to go. And we do. A full Dart 10k… and without the tide or current to push us. My heart is back in my boots and it takes a jolly good jam sandwich and a visit from RSM Fowler to lift me.Lou offers to kayak me through it… I’m okay, I think.

By now, though, the sports massage team are back on site and I’m in like Flynn. Possibly the deep tissue approach wasn’t quite what I needed, but two or three visits and some spontaneous rubs later and I’m better. Lou is in stitches as I fight the massage therapist off…

Still, I look right mardy. As I exit mile 20, Caroline Swims, who is now managing the entrance and exit to the lake, mutters ‘Not even making eye contact’… Yes Paul, you could at least be gracious. You signed up for this and Caroline and the estimable Vicki Vickster Watson didn’t ask for your bad mood. I make a point of smiling. My friends will know this is not easy for me. Only four to go…

We’re three miles out, Sparky is way ahead and I’m doing this alone at a nice pace. Or at least I think I’m alone, until about 200 yards out a couple of relayers emerge from my wake and sprint to the end. Thanks for that.

Two out and Sparky says he’ll swim last two with me. ‘Are you sure? I’ll hold you up’. ‘We do this together’, he replies. So we do, from the back, through the field and out to the front. He leads and at each minion he looks back at me. I think he’s checking I’m there, but it emerges that on the penultimate lap we’re being stalked and as we touch the slipway a third swimmer glides in between us.

On the final mile that’s not happening. Again, Sparky leads us out, then, about three hundred from home I pull alongside, not because I want to beat him, but to make sure that I kill off anyone drafting. I know. Not very grown up, but I’ve had enough of people saying thank you for the tow. 50 out, he floors it and I have nothing left to match that. And I had no intention of doing so anyway. For 24 hours he has owned the lake.

We watch the others come in. We’re the Stay Till the End Club. Handshakes, smiles, photos, hugs. I’ve done it, they’ve done it, we’ve done it.

I’ll speak for no-one else, but I’m never doing that again.


Well folks there we are a nice little read indeed. Thank you Mr Smith. So for our part the 2017 endurance season is drawing to a close but we are already undertaking preparations for 2018. The dates for our 2018 12 and 24 hour swim will be released soon, if you will be applying for a slot I suggest you head to the pool and / or lake this week and start training.

Enjoy your swimming


Delta Simons Aquathon (Round 2) – 14 June 2017

After the heavens had opened on us throughout Round 1 back in May the sun was finally ready to shine on us all. It was an amazing 26c and the water 20c as 35 junior athletes took to the water in Round two of the Deltasimons Aquathon. The Junior event was closely followed by the Adults with strong numbers totalling 57 across Male and Female divisions.

What was good about this event? EVERYTHING!

The athletes spanned the full spectrum of experience from novice to experienced AG racer, our sponsors were out on force racing and supporting and we had the pleasure of welcoming Blueseventy, Giant and Swimzi for a full on Demo day too. Plus the lake was certainly looking its best with clear warm waters – a massive thanks to the staff and volunteers for making it all happen too, we cant do it without them!

Final note, all results are attached but a special mention to Jono Bromfield who broke the existing course record yesterday (taking 15 seconds off of . I spoke to Jono and said

“I felt good during the event but it didn’t feel like a course record so I’m pretty chuffed” 

See you all on 12 July – thank you once again, enjoy your week.


2017 – Deltasimons Aquathon Round 2 – Adults (14 June 2017)

2017 – Deltasimons Aquathon Round 2 – Juniors (14 June 2017) revised 



Delta Simons Aquathon Series 2017

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DELTA SIMONS AQUATHON – Well folks a big warm wet welcome to Round One!

Last night saw Siberian Ducks heading for cover as the rain just did not stop…. at all! However, in testament to all the individuals who provided their help and time in making the event happen last night a whopping 27 Juniors and 33 Adults raced! What a phenomenal turnout on a very wet evening.

Great racing throughout the field as ever in both the male and female (adult and junior events). Congrats to Ross and Michelle who took the win in the Adult races. Full results below. We look forward to seeing you all back on 14th June for Round two!

On 14th June we will also be welcoming Blueseventy with their full range of demo wetsuits for you to try on in the lake (for free!!) PLUS Swimzi will be along with their XK Technical weatherproof pre/post race jacket (I know – timing!).

See you all soon folks

2017 – Delta Simons Aquathon Round 1 – Juniors (17-05-17) 

2017 – Delta Simons Aquathon Round 1 – Adults (17-05-17)



Team 100% Tri






Taking our first steps towards the amazing OSB Events Outlaw Half Holkham Team 100% Tri revealed their Dan Ellmore team kit yesterday at Activities Away Lincoln. Along with Head Coach Stefan Lawrence, Team Domsetiques Matt Jory and Emma Prusek and Team Director Paul Fowler were delighted to able to offer the team a full fitting service with their triathlon and cycle specific kit.

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100% Swimming is 100% CPD updated!


From October 2015 through to April 2016 I have been working with and learning from the British Triathlon Federation to ensure that my thinking and coaching is current and up to date with the latest direction in the industry.

I am also pleased to say that out of the back of this period my coaching with Lincoln Triathlon Club continues on a weekly basis and the squad is going from strength to strength –  a great bunch of guys and girls.

12 Hour Swim – 7&8 May 2016


Swim Tribe

Swim Tribe






Morning All, In conjunction with Activities Away we are pleased to be offering a 12 hour swim event the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 7/8th May 2016. This is a smaller version of our 24 hour swim being held in June. Make no mistake though,  it is still one heck of a challenge. But it’s ideal training if you need some night swim practice or endurance practice for larger challenges or this might be your “A” event for 2016 – its going to be  a lot of fun!

Starting at 8pm on Saturday night and completing by 8am Sunday morning, it will be open to solo swimmers or pairs. The format is for a solo swimmer to swim on the hour every hour and for a pair to alternate.

The cost of the event will be £65 per solo (£80 for a pair). We will need a commitment from at least ten applicants to make this event happen. Once again, as with the 24 hour swim the event entry will be capped at 20 applicants. The event is based around swimmer safety and experience – we do not “Pack em in”.

Included in your entry fee,
• Changing rooms
• an area to pitch their own gazebo / tent
• Toilet facilities & showers
• Hot drinks and food*
• Hot water for hot water bottles
• Water safety & First aid

Food provided will be a 6 hour snack and a completion breakfast, hot drinks will be provided throughout the swim. This event is ideal for those training for a 24 hour swim, long distance swim or for those who wish to experience night swimming. it is not suitable for novices. If you are interested please contact me but importantly – in the first instance to register your interest now as places are limited. Please complete the attached entry form and email to, once ten suitable applications have been received I will acknowledge your place as confirmed and request immediate payment.

12 hour swim 2016 – Event Information & Application