Summer Training, recent results and other news

posted 7 Aug 2011, 03:21 by Oxford Masters   [ updated 7 Aug 2011, 03:23 ]

Summer Training

From the 1st-21st August, summer training applies for the Masters Squad.  There will be three sessions a week at Oxford High on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Times are as usual on these days.

From 21st August, training reverts to the usual 5 sessions a week.

Recent Results

Although the summer months generally feature fewer meets, that hasn't stopped COSC Masters swimmers from winning events and picking up medals across the country.

Barnet's Masters Distance Meet in July saw a chance for three swimmers to concentrate on events at the longer end of the programme. Zsuzsanna Felvegi came away with 5 golds and a silver, winning the 100, 200 and 800 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 IM and finishing as runner-up in the 400 free. Chris Marsh swam a reduced programme following his epic 17 events at Leeds, but still managed wins in the 400 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 200 and 400 IM in a new County Record (5.10.36) and a bronze in the 200 freestyle. Alan Beggs picked up a silver in the 800 freestyle.

As we all know, no holiday is complete without an 1800m sea swim, or so Graeme Spence thought on a recent trip to Jersey.  Graeme's open water debut ended in a 3rd place in the competitive Castle to Harbour race.  The event is high-profile in the Channel Islands, with footage of Graeme muscling his way past the first female finisher making it onto local news websites.  Graeme's time of 21.58 equates to averaging 1.13 for each 100m. Thanks to Tom Perchard for pointing me in the direction of the results.

In other recent open water events, Simon Joyce finished 2nd in the 30-34 age group and 7th overall at the ASA National Masters 3k Open Water Championships at Rother Valley in Yorkshire, finishing in 42.01 despite a finishing straight 'incident' with another competitor. He then followed this up by retaining his non-wetsuit category title in the RLSS Poole Lifeguard Brownsea Island Swim, covering the 7k round trip in 1hr26mins15 to finish 7th overall. COSC took both men's titles as the wetsuit category and the race overall was won by Guy Giles, a member of the senior squad.

Kirsty Harvey donned her wetsuit for a 2.25 mile (3,650m) dip in the Thames at the Hampton Court Swim, one of the popular Speedo Human Race series. She finished as 6th woman in her age group and 130th out of more than 1300 swimmers in 56.13.

If you have been competing recently, just drop me a line and let me know how you got on; it's great to share your successes with those you train with!


From Liz Barker: My 21 yr old cousin is an 800m runner and is competing to win sponsorship from For Goodness Shakes to sponsor him into 2012. The 10 with the most votes go through to a judging round. He thinks he needs just another 500 votes to get inside the top ten. So some votes from the swim club would help!

Here's a message from him: "I'm going full time with my athletics training after graduation in the summer and am currently looking for sponsorship to help me through the year before 2012. I've entered this competition and need your votes.

Please follow the link, it only takes a couple of clicks."

Here is the link:

Open Water Competitions

Thanks to Lee Harper for forwarding this onto me. Could be a local(ish) replacement for the much-missed Marlow swims on a Thursday evening:

Hi there,

The big day is getting nearer for the Tri2O team as our inaugural open water swimming events approach on Thursday 25th August. We're hosting a 1500m and a 3800m swim at the Tri2O Swim Centre, venue details can be found here:

We'd be delighted to see you and your club members on the evening for what should be a great event.

You can enter the 1500m Doggy Paddle or the 3800m Big Dog swims right here

The Doggy Paddle costs £15 to enter and the Big Dog is £20. For those prices though you'll receive a personalised finishers medal with your name and time on, and as an exclusive to our favourite local swim and triathlon clubs, you'll also receive a free swim (worth £5) to be used any time you like.

So, whether you're looking to test yourself out against the clock, take bragging rights over a clubmate or just get in some great training for other events later in the year, then come along and join us.

If anybody has any questions at all, then please get in touch.

Happy Swimming,


Andy Macaskill

My Sporting Times Ltd.

Office: 01189 332761

Mobile: 07963982316

Meet entry forms now available

Details of the following Masters meets taking us through to the end of 2011 are now available:

Barnet Sprint Meet, 4th September (entries due by 12th August)

South East Region Masters Meet, Aldershot, 24th September (entries due by 31st August)

ASA National Masters Championships, Sheffield, 28-30 October (schedule of events is all that is available so far)

Berkshire and South Bucks Masters Championships, Maidenhead, 26th November (entries due by 31st October)

Barnet 1500 Meet, 26-27 November - you pick which day you want to swim the 1500 on (entries due by 11th November)

Please find these details on our website ( either through the calendar or the 'Entry Forms' page.