Title delight for Beccles Kingfishers

Two Beccles swim teams took part in the last round of the Suffolk Winter League.The results meant that the A team took home the Division Two title which now sits alongside the two other county titles they have achieved in the last 10 months.

Two Beccles swim teams took part in the last round of the Suffolk Winter League.

The results meant that the A team took home the Division Two title which now sits alongside the two other county titles they have achieved in the last 10 months.

This year's league was the first time that Beccles Town Swimming Club have entered two teams and for the last round Beccles B team headed off to Sudbury and Beccles A team travelled to Stowmarket.

To add even more pressure this year's league was one of the closest seen in along time with just four points separating the top three teams of Felixstowe, Hadleigh and the A team going into the final round. Out of the three only the top two would be promoted into Division One.

But first the B team but only in name had to make the journey over to Sudbury to finish off their impressive league debut.

The night was kicked off with Lindsey Sale in the open individual medley picking up a new personal best time, followed by Zanna Yallop swimming with her in the girls' open, picking up two great personal bests in her backstroke and freestyle.

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For the open boys, Richard Clarke gained three new personal best times for the IM, breaststroke and freestyle. Steven Kirby completed the open swims with a new time in his butterfly event.

Macauley Woodard took a massive 10 seconds off his butterfly time and also shaved off two seconds off his freestyle time in the 15/u age group. Swimming alongside him in the 15/u age group was Dominic Harris whose hard work was rewarded with a new breaststroke time.

For the girls, Ellen Nelson and Jenny Seaman picked up full points in their races followed by Louise Shepherdson taking second in her backstroke and Sophie Podd second in her breaststroke event.

In the 13/u age group Nathan Harris for the boys collected two pbs in his breaststroke and freestyle races, followed by Dalton Yallop who secured two second places in his swims.

In the girls, Sophie Bircham and Amy Howell swam well in tough competition.

In the youngest age group Felicity Putman put in a strong swim to pick up first in her backstroke event, joined by Melissa Bygrave also swimming in the 11/us who collect to pbs in her breaststroke and freestyle races.

For the boys, Kieran and Matthew Hayward swam hard to pick up new times, Kieran in his breaststroke event and Matthew in the butterfly. Yhey were joined by Ross Barnshaw who also swam hard to bring home vital points.

The results at Sudbury were Great Yarmouth 237, Leiston 208, Beccles B 188 and Sudbury B 180. With such strong swimming happening in the B team it meant the pressure was on for the A team to perform.

Going into the night in second place they were in the running to finish in the top two promotion places.

However, it was not as straight forward as it sounds. With only four points separating the top three teams and a maximum of 258 points up for grabs over 43 races, it really was anyone's for the taking.

The team's first race win of the night came in event three when Nina Bircham in the 11/u age group brought home maximum points in her backstroke event. She later followed this up with a win in her butterfly.

Thomas Taylor matched this in his freestyle five events later in the 15/u age group, followed by his age group team mate William Pye who came home in a strong second in his backstroke race.

For the 15/u girls, Alex Eames-Bayton got a hat-trick of wins in her backstroke and two butterfly events, followed by Amber Bircham picking up full points in her breaststroke race.

Eleanor Veasey completed the 15/u age group with a strong third in her freestyle event.

Eleanor Chick and Jacob Barber both won their butterfly races in the 13/u age group. Jacob followed this up later one with a great win in his backstroke race.

Lucy Pye also in the 13/u group swam hard to get two third places in her backstroke and breaststroke events.

Robert Thurtell and Chas Lees rounded off the age group with two strong swims, Chas picking up a new time in his freestyle event.

At the halfway point Beccles had dropped to third by only 10 points, and knowing this put on a strong second half led by Jenny Beevor who took home maximum points in her breaststroke event for the 11/unders.

For the 11/under boys, Elliot Fenn, Matthew Seaman and Josh Birch put up a good show, Josh and Elliot finishing in the top three in their events.

For the open age group Jonny Harrison was saying farewell to his Kingfisher service with three strong swims.

Also for the boys Alfie Chapman gained a new time in his freestyle event and Douglas Olley secured a strong third place.

For the girls, uni swimmers Eleanor Clarke and Hollie Holland secured second place in their three swims. They were followed by Rachel Doran who put in a good effort in her freestyle event.

With five races to go Beccles had taken the lead by a slim four points, but thanks to two great wins in the relays they finished on top in a nail-biting gala.

The results on the night finished Beccles A 202, Hadleigh 196, Felixstowe 189, Stowmarket 180 and Saxons 140.