In the final round of the Four Towns Gala at Leek the Marlin’s had a lot to do to make up enough points to win the competition. In the previous rounds a lot of the children had been disqualified from their races by swimming too fast! Unbelievable as it might be the speeding ticket rule, which is like a handicap in horse racing, gives a cut off time that children must be over. This stops teams putting in their elite squads and gives not only younger swimmers a chance but also levels out the playing field. Unfortunately Belper’s younger swimmers as still too fast for the competition as the clubs development strategy is so good. The aim was to win as many races as possible. And this is what they did!
Race after race the Marlin’s came home, within the time, but in the lead. Young swimmers showed that the club had strength in depth. In the final point count of the gala Belper won with 129 points, which was a massive 33 points clear of their nearest rival. However over the whole competition Belper (with a total of 441 points) received the runners up shield to Leek (with 448 points) who were chased down but unfortunately not caught. The gap was just a little too much from the speeding tickets accrued earlier in the competition.
Well done Leek we’ll be on your heels earlier next year and not get caught by the speeding cameras so often!
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