The final session in the ASA Age Groups Open Water Swimming Champs was the 5k race, both the 17/18yrs and the 19 and over.
Tobias Robinson (Loughborough) had a clear lead throughout the men’s race, ploughing his way ahead with each buoy he passed, putting a good distance between him and three chasing swimmers.
Robinson finished almost a second ahead of Mt Kelly's Reece Worth touching 56:49.9 for the 19yrs+ gold medal, with Worth claiming silver in 57:39.9 and Wirral Metro's Thomas Nelson following up for bronze with 57:44.4.
Hatfield's Timothy Shuttleworth finished third overall, ahead of Nelson, to claim gold in the 17/18yrs with his time of 57:41.2. He was followed by Thomas Millburn of Cockermouth (58:53.3) and Max Ward of Derventio (59:29.3).
Shuttleworth commented on his performance: “I was pretty happy with my gold medal, I wanted to mix in with Toby [who won the open race] a bit more, but he left me behind. I’m hopefully going to Loughborough next year if I get the grades, so hopefully I’ll be training more with Toby and Caleb Hughes.”
Jessie Westnidge of Sheffield led the way by over 15 metres with a lap and a half to go, with a pack of five girls in her wake, but Rebecca Dutfield of Ealing upped her pace in the last 500 metres to draw level.
Westnidge and Dutfield matched stroke for stroke as they came up to the finishing line, with Westnidge just reaching first for gold in the 17/18yrs age group (1:01:58.4). Dutfield was a whisker away receiving silver (1:01:59.5), while Ellesmere College’s Harriet Rothwell took bronze medal in 1:02:34.1.
The 19yrs+ swimmers were in the pack behind, with Alysha McCracken of Warrander Baths taking gold in 1:03:05.3, Lauren Walton of Beckenham taking silver (1:03:14.9) and Fern Davies of Swansea claiming bronze (1:03:26.5).