4 Towns…The friendly, but fiercely

The friendly, but fiercely, competitive Four Towns Gala was hosted by the Mighty Marlin’s this weekend at Alfreton Leisure Centre. A four round competition between the local teams of Belper, Ashbourne, Dove Valley and Uttoxeter it was an eagerly anticipated clash of up and coming swimming talent within the area.

Some say that it was the new crop of young competitors that gave the Marlin team the edge, others stated that the parental support and the new banners that adorned the swimming pool walls were the magic that made the Marlin’s storm home the winners. All teams were aware of the eagle eyed judges that were watching take overs during the relay events after the previous meets disqualifications. With words of advice and encouragement and with the last few weeks of training under their belts, the hand-picked team of youngsters battled their way to victory! All honours hung on the last race however – the cannon – where ten children, both boys and girls aged between 9 to 14, lined up in chronological order to plough down the pool. With an almighty cheer the stars from Belper clawed four points clear of their nearest rival and came home as worthy winners.

A brilliant evening – with two more rounds to go it is all in Belper’s hands. Very much like the England football team … we know you can do it!!

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