Marshall Illingworth has very kindly shared some of his experiences of swimming at at an International Competition with us. It’s fascinating to read and if anyone would like to take Marshall up on his offer of finding out more do let Marshall, Byron or I know and we’ll make sure it’s arranged. or

12th Cyprus International Swimming Marathon Larnaca

Last week I travelled to Cyprus as a group of seven swimmers to compete in the 12th Cyprus international swimming marathon in Larnaca.

We arrived in Larnaca on the Wednesday night and checked into the hotel which was just 200m from the race venue at the beach. Thursday and Friday were spent training in both the sea and an outdoor pool, stretching, resting and eating to prepare for the weekends races.

At 8.00 on Saturday the men’s 5km began. The course is marked out by buoys that formed a 1.25km rectangular circuit. From the beginning a fast pace in the lead pack was held where I was drafting at the back. During the second half of the race the pack split up and I finished 11th in the open age group out of 33 swimmers with a time of 59.57. The rest of the day was spent recovering and stretching off for the 10km the next day.

On Sunday morning I got up still a bit stiff from the 5km the day before and the 10km started at 7.30. All the men competing in the race formed one large pack which was going round at a competitive pace. Coming up to the marker bouys the pace would increase for competition to be in the best position going around them. As a result it could be fairly rough and a few yellow cards were given out. The second half of the race saw the pace increase again and the pack split up a little at 7km. The last 3km was a matter of hanging in and holding off the French swimmer who won the 5km who was a few metres behind. I finished 7th in the open age group in a time of 2.05.55 just behind the other Scottish swimmer.

With Byron’s guidance I have been swimming open water for four years. I compete in the Scottish Grand Prix series and have qualified for the British for the past two years. I have been training consistently over the summer in preparation and in the last four week training block Byron has aimed for my sessions to cover 50km per week.

Open water swimming is a developing sport with many opportunities and introductory events are available. Anyone with an interest in distance swimming might well enjoy open water and I would be happy to chat to anyone about it.


Please can anybody who is available, that is not already timekeeping or judging, help out at the Secondary meet on Saturday (1pm warm up) and the Primary meet on the Sunday (3.30pm warm up). We will need people to help with Marshalling, recording and sorting out medals. So if you are available your help will ensure that the gala runs smoothly and will be greatly appreciated. Both Susan and Marie will be poolside both days so please come and offer your help. We look forward to seeing you all there.

  • WEST DISTRICT Junior Age Group Short Course Championships (12th-13th November) – Please note the Closing date below. We apologise for the late notice of this competition. The meet info was sent to the club late and during the holidays when competition administrators were away on holiday. This was after repeated attempts to get the info prior to the school holidays.
  • Click For : west-district-junior-age-group-champs-entry-information
  • For : National (optional), District & Junior Swimmers with qualifying times aged 13&under (age at the 31st December).
  • Closing Date : Saturday 22nd October 2016
  • Entry Fee : £6.00 per event.  If you are attending, then please  follow the instructions on the entry Info & when e-mailing ensure you include your PayPal reference.


  • REN 96 OPEN MEET (5th & 6th November)
  • Click For : Draft Program
  • Click for : south-ayrshire-scratchs-swimmers. Please note that the following swimmers have been given swims due to early withdrawals. Event 111-Jack F McKinnon & Event 410-Craig Steele



Cyprus International Swimming Marathon

Marshall has had great success in Cyprus as part of the Scottish Open Water Swimming Team.

His results speak for themselves:

  • 11th in the 5km swim with a time of 59.57.91, and
  • 7th in the 10km swim in a time of 2.05.55.

We’ve heard that Marshall has had a wonderful experience and totally enjoyed this great opportunity competing with huge range of nationalities.

Well done Marshall, outstanding results and an inspiration to us all!



Marshall Illingworth is part of the Scottish Open Water Swimming team going to Larnaca , Cyprus to participate in the Cyprus
International Swimming Marathon from 5-9th October. There he shall compete in the 5km and 10km events as well as fitting in training open water sessions.

Marshall also attended the Scottish Swimming Awards evening held in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on Saturday 1st October and was awarded the ‘Eian Prentice Memorial Trophy’ in recognition for his achievements to Junior Open Water Swimming 2016.

Congratulations Marshall from everyone at SAST. We’re so proud of you!

Hey South Ayrshire Swim Team, I was trying to sign up a few new members to the Para squad. Sacha Kindred, Ellie Simmonds, Ellie Robinson, Steph Millward, Jessica Jane Applegate, Susie Rogers. I’m not a coach, but I’ve seen these guys in the pool and I reckon there’s some real potential there. Maybe Gary Craig can smooth off some rough edges. I reckon they could do a good job for us! Continue Reading