News June 2014
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Records Smashed in 2000m Test
3 Jun: Three weeks late, and after the previous attempt ended disastrously, we finally have a set of results for the Phase 4 2000m test. And what a set of results it is. Only two didn't set best times and the top 4 smashed the previous squad record of 26:09. A week before the 51st edition of the prestigious Sette Colli (7 hills) swim meet in Rome, how apt that our leader board is headed by our own pair of Hills. A little surprisingly perhaps, this time it was Alanah Hill (Spa) getting the better of twin sister Corinne Hill (Spa) after hanging on to her toes throughout.
Not quite able to hang on to the blistering pace at the front, Tilly Arrand (Arm) relinquished her prime spot behind Corinne just after 1200m, having been the virtual leader briefly. Another brave swim behind this trio saw Bradley Hurdiss (Drn) destroy the 1500m time he set at No Frills on Sunday (albeit short course). He stayed with them until half way, then slowly let the girls drift away; his average 100m split 4sec slower after the 1km mark at 1:20. By contrast, the twins increased speed (dropping from 1:17 to 1:15) and Tilly held a steady 1:16/1:17 throughout.
|Pos||Name||Date||800m||1500m||2000m||All Time||Avg 100m|
|1||Alanah Hill||3 Jun 2014||10:05||18:53||25:13||1 (1)||1:15|
|2||Corinne Hill||3 Jun 2014||10:11||18:59||25:18||2 (2)||1:15|
|3||Tilly Arrand||3 Jun 2014||10:07||19:04||25:30||3 (3)||1:16|
|4||Bradley Hurdiss||3 Jun 2014||10:06||19:23||26:05||4 (4)||1:18|
|5||Rianna Hill||3 Jun 2014||10:29||19:44||26:21||7 (7)||1:19|
|6||Charlotte Howard||3 Jun 2014||10:46||20:12||27:03||11 (11)||1:21|
|7||Lucy Pickard||3 Jun 2014||10:49||20:22||27:15||12 (12)||1:21|
|8||Kara Mayos||3 Jun 2014||11:01||20:37||27:42||14 (14)||1:23|
|9||Harvey Williamson||3 Jun 2014||10:37||21:38||28:36||16 (5)||1:25|
|10||Robbie Casson||3 Jun 2014||11:12||21:26||28:39||16 (16)||1:25|
|11||Taylor Hardy||3 Jun 2014||11:15||21:28||28:40||17 (17)||1:26|
|12||Lauren Christmas||3 Jun 2014||11:09||21:24||28:43||18 (18)||1:26|
|13||Rebecca Allen||3 Jun 2014||11:16||21:29||28:46||19 (19)||1:26|
|14||Gillian Clarke||3 Jun 2014||11:22||21:39||28:51||20 (15)||1:26|
|15||Oliver Vodden||3 Jun 2014||11:50||21:55||29:10||22 (22)||1:27|
|16||Ben Wright||3 Jun 2014||11:53||22:16||29:32||23 (23)||1:28|
|17||Emma Stringer||3 Jun 2014||11:51||22:27||29:54||26 (26)||1:29|
|18||Joe Sykes||3 Jun 2014||11:53||22:24||29:56||27 (27)||1:29|
|19||Leah Hague||3 Jun 2014||11:49||22:15||30:01||28 (28)||1:30|
|20||Callie Ramshaw||3 Jun 2014||12:07||22:51||30:21||29 (29)||1:31|
|21||Emily Gilliver||3 Jun 2014||12:26||23:52||31:52||30 (30)||1:35|
|22||Holly Fish||3 Jun 2014||12:41||24:07||32:08||31 (31)||1:36|
|23||Tia Bennett||3 Jun 2014||12:59||24:25||32:20||33 (33)||1:37|
|24||Ria Finch||3 Jun 2014||13:34||25:27||33:28||35 (35)||1:40|
|25||Aiden Lancaster||3 Jun 2014||13:37||26:01||34:23||36 (36)||1:43|
|26||Gabby Wedgwood||3 Jun 2014||15:29||30:57||40:04||37 (37)||2:00|
We've described previously how these big sets can be used to calculate Anaerobic Threshold (AT) for training. Theoretically it should be somewhere around 100m PB +8/10sec. The fitter and better conditioned the athlete, the closer that gets. Of course that depends on their 100m PB being up to date and a true reflection of what they're capable of; similarly this test depends on their motivation to sprint through 2,000m. But using both provides a pretty good indication (as shown by the Avg 100m column). The sure way of working out AT pace is to measure blood lactate levels, but we're not going to try that!
Overall some excellent performances. Those towards the bottom should improve quickly in the next few attempts as their endurance improves, allowing them to swim closer to AT pace through the whole 2km. That should be your objective, be able to hold a pace of 100m PB +10sec! We'll let you work out who did and who didn't.