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European Masters Open Water, Rijeka, Croatia 2016

The European Masters Championships are held every two years. For the first time this year, the pool and open water disciplines were split as the pool events were held in London in May, a time of year when a lot of competitors may have found UK waters a little chilly for a 5k non-wetsuit swim. The open water competition therefore took place in Rijeka, Croatia, in September and 25 British swimmers travelled to swim in the Adriatic Sea.
A beautiful and picturesque part of Croatia had 451 competitors from around Europe take part.  Personally speaking, I found the water to be a bit warm at 23 degrees, but this could be something to do with the English Channel training I have done this season. The course was a 2.5k up and 2.5k back route, perfectly flat going out and with a little chop on the return leg. I really got into the race on the return leg when the conditions became a little more challenging. The water quality was superb and beautifully clear and I saw many fish along the course.
Out of the 25 competitors from Great Britain 4 were part of the GB Police team; Claire Thorn West Midlands, Angle Fisher retired  West Midlands, Sarah White, Surrey and Jess Turnbull, Gloucestershire. 
Despite the very tough competition the team did very well. 
Thorn taking 3rd in the 44-49 and Fisher 5th in the 60-64 age group.  Turnbull 2nd in the 40-44 and White 9th in the 35-39 age group.
A fantastic weekend for all competitors and a great opportunity to swim in such beautiful waters. 
The open water series is coming to an end in the UK. Next year the PSUK championships will potentially be at Weymouth. Keep training and looking forward to next year.    Anyone interested in Open Water swimming should contact Claire Thorn.
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