Thomas Lurz And Charities Win At The Great Salford Swim

Thomas Lurz And Charities Win At The Great Salford Swim

Veteran Olympian Thomas Lurz won the inaugural British Gas Great Salford Swim over Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic hopeful Tom Allen.

2,000 competitors enjoyed perfect conditions in a superb urban setting while Thomas held off the young upstart 16:44.91 to 16:46.46.

Third place went to France’s Julien Sauvage in 17:01:57 with Jack Burnell fourth in 17:02:34. British world champion triathlete Alistair Brownlee came in a respectible 10th in 17:30:38.

Thomas said, “I am very pleased to have won another Great Swim. Tom made it very tough for me and kept the pressure on all the way round. But I felt very comfortable and managed to stay just ahead, though I was aware he was right behind me, especially down the closing strait. It is a fantastic series. The atmosphere is always brilliant and it’s always a real pleasure to see so many people enjoying swimming.”

In addition to the competition, the charity portion of the event was highly successful with an estimated £50,000 raised.

Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones