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Swimming: First ever Nokia swim goes swimmingly

August 3, 2010

This Sunday saw the first ever Nokia Thames Swim take place from Hampton Court Palace to Kingston-upon-Thames. 1200 swimmers turned up for the early start to swim the 2.25 miles up the Thames in calm and mild water conditions.

Nokia-Thames-SwimOlympic Silver medallist, open water swimmer Kerri-Anne Payne was on hand at the start to give swimmers some expert words of wisdom, her main point was for everyone to just enjoy it.

Kerri-Anne, who has just returned from the Open Water World Championships decided to do the swim, staged by Human Race, with her father and resist the temptation to race on her day off. However she still recorded an impressive time of 47 minutes 50 seconds.

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Open water swimming with Keri-Anne Payne

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Kerri-Anne said, “the race was amazing, the water was nice and warm and the location is brilliant. To swim but not race was really enjoyable, I can now see why people enjoy swimming so much, I had a great time out in the water talking and encouraging people along the way”.

The swans made way as swimmers passed through Thames Ditton and past Ravens Ait before finishing at the chestnut trees at Kingston Bridge. Michael Adams was the first to come out of the water in a time of 42 minutes 43 seconds, followed by Richard Stannard 43.52 in second and Guy Giles in third with 45.11.

The ladies were hot on the heels of the men with Danni Pryor being the first woman and fourth overall swimmer out of the water with a time of 45 minutes 34 seconds. Following her were Faye Barnard 48.40 and Kay Hamilton 52.23.

Sportsister competition winner Jilly Holroyd (from Sport England) finished in 1 hour 18 minutes. Jilly said, “I really enjoyed it, the water was amazing, clean and good visibility, but I was still happy to see the end.”

Poppy Bending Beckett, Sportsister,
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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