Red Bull Challenge

19/03/2017
 
It was a pretty miserable morning when the competitors arrived for the Red Bull Challenge at the Maryhill Locks, in Glasgow, and quite a daunting prospect ahead of them with the water temperature in the Forth and Clyde canal, sitting at 8 Degrees C.
 
There were 240 competitors for the men’s event, including 18 year old Arran Stowe from Kirkcaldy, a Member of Fins Competitive Swim Club, making his debut in the event.
 
The 240 competitors were split up into 8 heats and Arran got his day off to a good start when he finished 2nd in his heat behind Mark Deans, City of Glasgow, the eventual winner. Mark was also last year’s winner. When all the heats were finished, Arran was 5th overall and therefore qualified for the semi-finals.
 
Arran’s heat time in was 7 min. and 8 secs. And in his semi-final, he reduced this by just over 30 seconds to move up to 4th. overall. At this stage everything was going really well for Arran and in the final, of 20 competitors, was up with the leading group when unfortunately, someone stood on his leg on the cargo net which curtailed his progress from then on, but he did manage to finish the course albeit in 20th position.
 
After the event Arran said that his hands were numb with the cold and despite his set-back thought it was a fantastic competition and looks forward to competing again next year.
 
Updated 2017-03-26 13:50:30 by Ken White