Seven-up Marren ready to relax

09:00 15 August 2014

Amy Marren won 200m medley gold at the IPC European Championships in Holland (pic: Jo Marren)

Amy Marren won 200m medley gold at the IPC European Championships in Holland (pic: Jo Marren)


Youngster ‘chilling out’ after Euro haul

Hornchurch youngster Amy Marren was back home enjoying a well deserved rest this week after another productive haul in the pool.

Marren, who turned 16 yesterday (Thursday), won seven medals in the S9 category at the European IPC Championships in Holland, but wasn’t entirely happy with that return.

After silvers in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, Marren landed gold in the 200m individual medley.

And after further silvers in the 100m backstroke and butterfly, the Romford Town member rounded off a fine week with gold in the 4x100m medley relay.

“I was impressed with some of my swims, like the 200 IM and 100 butterfly,” said Marren.

“But I was a bit disappointed with some of the silvers. I’d won silvers at the World Championships and wanted to go further but it’s just what happened on the day.”

Marren, a four-time world champion in Canada last summer, finished second to Spaniard Sarai Gascon in the 50m freestyle in 30.00secs and behind GB teammate Steph Millward over 400m (4.47.66) and 100m (1:04.22), adding: “I did expect Steph to beat me. She’s alot more experienced than I am.”

But a strong backstroke leg saw her overtake Gascon in the 200m medley to win in 2.35.10, adding to her world title, and Marren said: “The 200 IM was my best swim. I enjoy it the most as there’s a bit of variation between the strokes.

“The time I wasn’t so happy with, but I’m just happy to come away with the same title I won at worlds.”

Millward (1.10.98) pipped Marren (1.13.21) to the backstroke title, but the Havering teenager turned the tables in the 100m butterfly for her sixth individual medal, clocking 1.11.09 to Millward’s 1.12.17.

And the duo combined with Claire Cashmore and Steph Slater for relay success, with Marren bringing the team home on the final leg in 4.46.89.

“The relay was so much fun. We’re racing against each other most of the time but we’re all friends and we all get on,” she said.

“It’s a bit annoying how close we were to the world record, but it was a good finish. We know there is room for improvement which gives us hope for next year.”

Marren will now spend a couple of weeks ‘chilling’ at home as she enjoys her first real break from the sport since the London 2012 Paralympics.

The former Hall Mead pupil is set to receive her GCSE exam results next week and is waiting to find out where she will study next.

“I tried as hard as I could and hopefully I will be going to Campion in September,” she said.

“I will be back in the pool then too, preparing for next year’s Worlds in Glasgow.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Redden Court pupils got to take part in the second annual Schools' Festival at the Lee Valley VeloPark this week

Pupils enjoy Schools’ Cycling Festival at Lee Valley

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch boss says both teams have exciting frontmen ahead of league clash

Marshalls Park's year eights have started the new season well, following a success summer tour to Valencia

Essex Cup: Marshalls Park 4 Great Baddow 3 (aet)

Matt McClure of Dagenham and Ryan Tafazolli of Mansfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Striker disappointed after Daggers blow two goal lead to lose

Adrian, West Ham United goalkeeper

Hammers star Adrian is celebrating his new contract at Upton Park and looking to the future

Marek Nahlik netted for London Raiders in their loss at MK Thunder (pic: John Scott)

National League: MK Thunder 6 London Raiders 2

Latest news from the netball court (pic: Graham Hodges)

Mixed fortunes for netball squads

Yesterday, 16:30
Hornchurch fans celebrate (pic: George Philipou/TGSPHOTO)

Latest news from the Hornchurch Supporters’ Association

Most read sport

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder