Exmouth long-distance swimmer Ian Lang retains his British title
PUBLISHED: 10:52 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:52 20 August 2018
Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society swimmer Ian Lang travelled to the Lake District on the second Saturday of August to take part in the British Long Distance Swimming Association's Ullswater Championship.
The race takes place over the seven-mile length of the lake and Lang was hoping for a good performance to defend his title from 2017.
Conditions were a slight improvement on last year with less wind and waves for the swimmers and kayakers to deal with. Lang set out at a fast pace and had soon established an early lead over the main pack alongside last year’s female champion Nicki Fraser.
Lang stopped to take on fluid and nutrition from his kayaker, who is there to provide safety cover and navigation for the swimmer, after an hour-and-a-half and again after two-and-a-half hours.
After his first feed, Lang began to suffer from the early pace and experienced pain and fatigue in both shoulders and had to battle on to the finish, encouraged by kayaker Ross Warburton, who was kayaking at a championship event for the first time.
Lang finished in a time of 3:15:24 to successfully defend his title, winning the race by a full 15 minutes from the second swimmer home!
His overall time demonstrated a high level of consistency as it was only 11 seconds off last year’s performance.
Lang hopes to round off a successful open water season, a campaign during which he also won the 9k Big Welsh Swim non-wetsuit event, with a good performance on the 10.5-mile length of Windermere, which is being held on Saturday, September 1.
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