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Tees swimmers take the plunge.

Byline: By CHRIS HOLE

TEESSIDE swimmers braved the icy River Tees to take the plunge in the Two Bridges Open Water Meet in Stockton.

Swimmers from across the North-east descended on the Castlegate Quay Watersports Centre to compete in the event, now in its second year.

Organised by the Amateur Swimming Association North-east region and Tees Active, the event was open to teenagers aged between 13 and 15 and adults.

Sixty competitors - the youngest of whom was 13 and the oldest 48 - took part in either the 750m, 1,500m and 3,000m swims between the Victoria Bridge and the Millennium Footbridge.

Simon White, manager of Castlegate Quay Watersports Centre, said the day had been hugely successful.

"This was a fantastic day and well done to all those who took part," he said.

"We are delighted to be able to encourage enthusiastic swimmers to come to Stockton where the River Tees is perfect for such an event.

"The event also doubled in size from last year which was great."

Teenage trio Emma Simpson, Catherine Fenby and Stephanie Hooper - all members of Middlesbrough

Amateur Swimming Club - completed the swim to raise funds for the children's diabetes unit at James Cook University Hospital.

Stephanie was diagnosed with diabetes in June 2007, but has since overcome the initial impact on her health and stamina, refusing to let the condition affect her everyday life.

So far the girls have raised almost pounds 600 in sponsorship and one generous sponsor, DHL, are offering to match whatever they raise, which could bring the total to over pounds 1000.

RESULTS

Boys 13-15 years 750m: 1st Ryan Hepple - Peterlee, 2nd Tom Short - Darlington, 3rd Scott Carter - Newburn.

Girls 13-15 years 750m: 1st Sharna Johnson - Newburn, 2nd Kyah Hall - Loftus Dolphins, 3rd Jennie Berry - Peterlee.

Mens 750m: 1st Paul Ross - Saltburn and Marske, 2nd Gary Mendum - Saltburn and Marske, 3rd Marc Best - Stockton.

Boys 13-15 years 1500m: 1st Thomas Sproston - Newburn, 2nd Ryan Robinson - City of Sunderland, 3rd Oliver James - City of Sunderland.

Girls 13-15 years 1500m: 1st Catriona Groundwater - City of Sunderland, 2nd Lauren Ann Ward - Newburn, 3rd Jane Horrocks - Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme.

Men 1500m: 1st Josh Crowther - City of Newcastle, 2nd Chris Streener - City of Sunderland, 3rd Jonathon Carlise - City of Sunderland.

Women 1500m: 1st Stephanie Burns - City of Sheffield

Boys 13-15 years 3000m: 1st Matt Rider - Harrogate.

Girls 13-15 years 3000m: 1st Becky Wilde - Newburn, 2nd Catriona Bruce - Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme, 3rd Bethany Bryan - Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme. Men 3000m: 1st Glen Fenby - Middlesbrough Women 3000m: 1st Nuala Muir - Cochrane - Camden Swiss Cottage, 2nd Kirsty Black - Harrogate.

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ENTHUSIASM: Swimmers take to the Tees for the second Two Bridges open water event, which doubled in size from last year despite the cold conditions; Pictures by PETER BENN
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2008
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