The Masters swimming calendar has specific events that the Masters target and Bracknell is one of those firmly established as a Great meet to compete in.

Now in its 25th Year, the event filled up over three weeks before the official closing date. In addition, this year to celebrate its 25th year a special 25 x 25m Freestyle relay was added, was it to be a good idea! Only on the day could the promoter find out.

Bracknell & Wokingham Masters excelled at this meet to finish as the top club, through achieving 41 Gold, 15 Silver & 13 Bronze Individual medals and 6 Gold, 6 Silver & 5 Bronze Team medals. This from 28 swimmers. 20 Bracknell & Wokingham Masters records tumbled. The Top Club Trophy is however awarded to the Top visiting Club and this year it was Wycombe Masters who excelled, breaking Teddington’s dominance for many a year.

Top Bracknell Lady award went to Bridget Bewick. Bridget broke the Bracknell records in all of her 7 of her events. 100m & 200m Individual Medley (I/M), 200m Freestyle, 50m & 200m Backstroke, 100m & 200m Breaststroke.

Simon Mellor took 3 Bracknell records from his 4 events 100m I/M, 50m Freestyle & 50m Butterfly, the 4th in his 50m Backstroke being just 0.03 away, perhaps next time. The special one was the 50m Butterfly being that of a former Olympian established back in 2013.

Laura Cooke broke 4 records on the night, but one was then beaten by Bridget a heat later – the 200m Freestyle. Ones that stand are from the 50m & 100m Freestyle and the 50m Butterfly.

Claire Moore improved her own records she beat earlier this year, in the 100m & 200m Freestyle.

Chris Ehinger reduced his own record in the 50m Backstroke that he broke last year. A Silver from the 50m Freestyle.

Catherine Shearn gave a wonderful display in the 200m Butterfly for her record. Catherine made it a clean sweep in the Butterfly by also winning the 50m & 100m events.

Amy Vaal took a long-established record from 1998, this being the 200m Backstroke. Amy also took medals in the 100m & 200m Freestyle and the 200m I/M.

Julia Hodgson with a Gold in her 50m Backstroke broke the Club Record that was held since 2000.

Andrew Syrett also broke a club record with a Gold in his first event competing for Bracknell & Wokingham Masters in his 200m Freestyle,

No records, but Terry Wright was Top Bracknell Man with wins in his 100m I/M, 50m & 100m Breaststroke, and Bronze medals in his 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.

Other worthy and notable mentions for the Ladies comes from Kathryn Martin who took Gold in her 100m Butterfly, Silver in her 200m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke and Bronze in her 50m Backstroke. Charlotte Smith with 2 Bronze medals from her 50m & 100m Freestyle. Emily Goodwin with three Golds from her 50m & 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, Jenny Crittenden – Gold in her 100m Breaststroke and 200m I/M, Silver in her 200m Butterfly, Silver in the 100m I/M, Mandy Johnson with Gold in her 50m Breaststroke, Silver in the 100m Breaststroke, Bronze in the 50m Freestyle, Kirsty Johnson with Gold in her 50m & 100m Backstroke and the 50m Butterfly, Silver in her 100m I/M and 50m Freestyle, Karen Leftley, 2 Golds from her 100m I/M and 50m Freestyle, Laura Wilcox stepped in to ensure the 25x25m relay happened for one of the Bracknell teams and Lynda Callaway aided the team checking that the swimmers were where the needed to be.

For the Gents, Huw Jones won his 50m & 100m Butterfly and 200m I/M events and added a Silver in the 100m I/M, Charlie Madden 2 Golds from his 100m I/M and 50m Breaststroke and a Bronze in the 50m Backstroke, Jevgenijs Putans Gold, Silver and Bronze from the three Breaststroke events, Greg Adams with a Gold in his 50m Backstroke and Mark Straw with two Golds from his 50m & 200m Freestyle and a Silver in his 50m Butterfly. Ian Daniell, with Terry, Karen and Laura Cooke repeated last year’s winning Butterfly relay victory.

The 25 x 25m Freestyle Relay – a blinding success.

As ever, the meet cannot take place without many hours of behind the scenes work and a team of officials and volunteers. Rob Moore the promoter and Stuart Fillingham worked un-noticed in the computer room with results appearing almost as immediate the last heat of each event finished, with them going online for all to see. Michael Rimmer organised a full professional team of officials and non-competing Bracknell & Wokingham Masters aided these officials as well as selling programmes and handing out medals.

Next year’s date – 6th March 2021

Here is a link direct to the Masters open Meet page with the full set of results.