Windemere swim caps off successful open water season for Exmouth’s Ian Lang
PUBLISHED: 13:44 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:44 11 September 2018
Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society swimmer Ian Lang travelled back to the Lake District on the first Saturday of September.
After defending his Ullswater swim last month this time he was competing in the British Long Distance Swimming Association’s blue ribbon event, the Windermere Championships.
The race takes place over the 10.5-mile length of England’s longest lake and attracts competitors from all over the country and beyond.
Swimmers from the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Israel all started the race with five swimmers failing to finish the course.
The swim took place in good conditions. The lake was flat and at times swimmers and kayakers experienced a slight tail wind however the water was cold after Cumbria had had lots of rain in recent weeks; in the region of 15-16 degrees.
Lang finished in 11th place overall and was eighth male swimmer in a time of 5:14:45.
The swim was won by Rachel Lee of Ireland in 4:07:53 with the winning male Tom Healy, also from Ireland, finishing in a time of 4:24:10.
Lang adapted his strategy from last month’s Ullswater swim feeding every 50minutes in order to take on nutrition and fluids from kayaker Ross Warburton. This was the longest swim Lang had attempted in eight years so he wanted to ensure he was fuelled all the way through to the finish.
This, along with Warburton’s navigation and encouragement saw Lang through to finish a tough swim 44 seconds than Lang’s previous length of Windermere in 2010.
The Windermere Swim caps off a successful open water season for Lang where he won the skins category in the 9km Big Welsh Swim finishing third overall, defended his Ulswater title, and covered 89 miles in open water events and training since the beginning of May.
Lang will now turn his attentions back to racing in the pool with the target Swim England’s National Masters Championships in Sheffield at the end of October.
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