Peanuts Final Round 12-07-2014

HODDESDON Swimming Club travelled to Stevenage to compete in the final round of the Hertfordshire Swimming Peanuts League Division One Consolation Gala on Saturday 12th July 2014.

The coaching team were very aware that this round would likely see the team move into Division Two next year, with that in mind they wanted all the swimmers to enjoy the gala and be all part of the team

On the evening there were eight 1st places: Libby Dunford, U12 won the 50m backstroke (34.39) and the U13 50m butterfly (32.94) both swims were phenomenal leaving the rest of the field behind.  O’ John 9 years old won the 25m butterfly (21.00) and 25m freestyle (17.7).  Libby and O’ John received the swimmers of the gala medals at the end of the gala for their outstanding swims.  Lily Merrett U12 won the 50m butterfly (34.53), Elliot Cleverly 9 years old won the 25m breaststroke (24.25), Lucy Hinks U11 won the 25m backstroke (18.34) and the Girls U12 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay Ezme Gladwell, Amy Bishop, Lily Merrett and Libby Dunford won in a time of 2:42.28.

There were three individual 2nd places achieved by Charlie Cole U11 in the 25m butterfly (16.85); Ezme Gladwell U12 in the 50m freestyle (32.29) and Elias Baluch U12 in the 50m butterfly (44.39).  There were also three Relay Teams who achieved 2nd places: Girls U13 4 x 50m Medley Relay Jessica Callaghan, Emily Anderson, Ellie Godsave and Kayleigh Perry (2:48.72) and the same swimmers came 2nd in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay (2:12.70).  The other relay team was the Girls U12 Medley Relay Lily Merrett, Amy Bishop, Libby Dunford and Ezme Gladwell (3:00.76).

Mary Wright Assistant Head Coach said “there were some cracking swims from Libby Dunford and O’ John, however, also from Lucy Hinks, Elliott Cleverley, Lily Merrett, Anthony Rollo and Matthew Rates.”

“The results show that personal best times are more important than places - we had 47 pb's last night which is astonishing and shows how hard the swimmers were working.”

“Special mention must be made to Marco Tontodonati and Daniel Cole both not feeling 100% fit and who showed they are true team players stepping up for whatever was asked of them.”

Andrew Woodhouse Coach said I am very proud of the swimmers and their achievements.” 

“A big well done and thank you to all the volunteers who helped us host the final round gala.”

“The coaching team are now looking forward working with the Junior Swimmers so that we are ready for next season.”


Final Gala Places :    1. Potters Bar Blue (136); 2nd Harpenden A (139); 3rd Stevenage A (163); 4th Hoddesdon (192); 5th Hertford (197); 6th Tring (217).

Posted on 13th July

HoddSC Inaugral Sprint Meet June 2014


For Individual Results click here

For Skins Round Results click here

For Skins Final Results click here

For Relay Results click here

For Team Results click here

Posted on 29th June

East Essex Triathlon

Hoddesdon Juniors at East Essex Triathlon

Seven junior members of Hoddesdon Triathlon Club took part in the first East Region triathlon of the season at Basildon Sporting Village on Saturday 7th June.  The friendly, well-run event was held by East Essex Tri Club.  The conditions on the day turned out to be tough due to the storm just before the start, it was muggy and the long grass was wet and muddy making the bike course hard work.

In the youngest age group, TriStart – Age 8, Tommy Liddiard.  The swim, bike and run distances were 50m, 800m and 600m respectively and they completed these in 11:51 and 10:45.  It was Tommys first triathlon event, he was extremely excited, supported and encouraged by the other Hoddesdon athletes and he performed brilliantly finishing 6th out of 11 boys.

In the TriStar 2 category (11-12 year), four Hoddesdon boys took on the 200m swim, 3km bike and 1800m run.  In a large field of 35 entrants, Rhys Dolan finished fastest Hoddesdon junior in a time of 22:24 and was 13th boy. Robin Kettle, Scott Carpenter and Samuel Willis completed the course in times of 23:41, 27:00 and 27:17 respectively.

Thomas Willis finished 12th out of 24 boys in the TriStar 3 category (13-14 years), completing his swim (300m), bike (4km) and run (2400m) in a time of 10:45.

In the Youth category (15-16 years), Hannah Bates finished her 400m swim, 5km bike and 3km run in 37:15, which placed her first and 3min 20sec ahead of the next competitor. The first place position also gave her the maximum 10,000 points for this event in the East Region League.  Hannah said “It is fantastic to see more juniors from Hoddesdon entering these events, they are great fun. My highs of the day were winning and seeing Tommy’s fantastic smile as he sprinted for the finish line, he did brilliantly”



Posted on 29th June

International Meet - Manchester - June 2014
Chris Smith, Georgie Pryor and Gemma Bennett

Three Hoddesdon swimming club members travelled to Manchester to compete in the British Gas International Swimming Meet (24-28th June 2014); Georgina Pryor (16), Chris Smith (18) and Gemma Bennett (27) qualified for a total of seven events spread over the five days.  Unusually the schedule ran with heats in the evening starting at 5pm and finals in the morning sessions to ensure the swimmers get used to swimming fast in the morning.

Chris Smith, pupil at Goffs Oak School in Cheshunt, qualified for the 50m breaststroke.  Swimming on the first day he achieved a new personal best time of 31.34 he finished in 17th place out of the Junior boys (u19) and 40th overall.  

Janet Warrington said "Chris swam a very good race finishing strong and touched home in 2nd place in his heat.  Swimming at this level is just the right experience he needs as he prepares to move to City of Derby in September."

Gemma Bennett from Takeley, Bishop's Stortford (swimming in the Multi Classificaion under the S14 classification) qualified for two events; 100m breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley.  On the first day competing in the 100m breaststroke Gemma swam a new personal best time of 1 minute 28 seconds .05 finishing in 9th place overall and scored 665 British Disability Points (BDP). 

TheJanet said "I am so pleased for Gemma she has only recently returned to swimming and to achieve a personal best in the 100m  breaststroke and 665 points on an International stage is brilliant."

Georgie Pryor, pupil from Herts and Essex School Bishop"s Stortford qualified for the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly.  On day one Georgie was in the 50m backstroke, and swam a time very close to her personal best: 31 seconds .13 she finished in 9th place out of the Junior Girls (u17) (like Gemma she was 1st reserve for the final)NAND 23rd place overall.

Janet said  "Georgie has been focussing on her studies and juggling training and books can be very hard.  We were pleased with this first swim, because it was 'on pb' and had excellent race skills, good preparation for the 100m backstroke.  Both girls were disappointed to have just miss out on the final, but we still have some more opportunies to final during the week."

Session Three in the evening heats (25/06/2014) started with Georgie's 100m backstroke where she swam a time 1 minute 8 seconds .43 finishing 13th Junior and 31st overall. In the 50m butterfly Georgie swam the length in 28 seconds .79 ranking her 4th going into the Junior final and 16th overall. 

Gemma swam the Women's MC 200 Individual Medley in a new LC personal best time of 2 minutes 56 seconds .11 finishing in 14th place. 

The morning of the 26/06/2014 saw Georgie swim in the 50m butterfly Junior Final ranked in 4th place she swam a great race finishing just .03 behind Holly Hildrew from Romford Town she claimed 2nd place with a time of 28.45.

After a day off we returned to the pool for Session 7 and the heats of the 100m butterfly.  Georgie took the first length out in 29.07 and finished in a 1:03.17 ranking her 3rd going into the Junior Final tomorrow morning.

Georgie finishd in 4th place in the 100m butterfly Junior Final taking the first 50m out in 29.26 and finishing in a time of 1:03.84.

Janet said "The British Gas International Meet has been a great preparation for all three swimmers who will be competing in the Nationals in Sheffield in July.  Georgie now has to go to Bristol to compete in the English Schools Competition and then off to Portugal for a Swim Meet as part of the England Talent Programme."

Live results can be found on the British Swimming Website click here.



Posted on 25th June

Great East Swim 2014

John Ryan swam a personal best time in the Great East Open Water Swim on Saturday 21st June 2014 held at Alton Water Reservoir in Suffolk. Swimming in the 2 mile event John's time was 50 minutes 3 seconds finishing 13th overall and 1st in his age group (60-64).

John is now looking forward to swimming in the British Gas National Masters 3k Open Water Championships on 3rd August 2014 in Sheffield. 

Posted on 23rd June

Success at ER Champs for HoddSC Swimmers

Amy Godsave (14) and Libby Dunford (11) made the journey to Norwich to compete in the Age Group Championships on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th and 14th and 15th June. This long course (50m) event is held at the UEA pool in Norwich and is open only to the very fastest swimmers in the East of England, which includes Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. In order to obtain an overall position, the Girls had to compete in a 100m sprint event, an Individual Medley event, a distance event, and a form event - a 200m swim in any stroke other than Front Crawl.

Libby and Amy, both accomplished swimmers, obtained the necessary entry times to compete in all categories, swimming 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke as well as the 200 IM, with Amy also competing in the 100 Butterfly and Libby in the 400 Freestyle.

Amy Godsave finished 5th in the Region with 2310 Fina points and Libby finished 10th with 1736 Bagcat points, despite feeling unwell on the second weekend.


Amy Godsave and Libby Dunford

Amy achieved a Silver Medal and her National Qualifying time in the 100 Freestyle with  a time of 59.53, a season’s best for Amy, and  a National Qualifying  Time of 2.10.75 for the 200 Freestyle, a 3 second Personal best Time. She also achieved a Bronze medal for the 100 fly (1.07.44), also a personal best time.

Libby also excelled in the 100 freestyle.  She went in to the final in 6th place and managed to improve on this with an excellent swim to finish third and claim a bronze medal, with a personal best time of 1.05.72.

On Sunday 15th June, Ralph Davies (12) joined the girls to swim the 100 freestyle, where he achieved a Long course personal best time of  1.08.52 coming 16th in his age group.

Assistant Head Coach Mary Wright said “ I am very proud of the swimmers’ achievements over these two weekends. These events can be very gruelling, especially if you don’t feel well, but they showed great determination and achieved some excellent results”

Libby Dunford, Amy Godsave, Ralph Davies

Posted on 16th June

Great North Swim 2014


The weekend of Friday 13th - Sunday 15th June 2014 saw twelve Hoddesdon swimmers travel to Windermere in Cumbria to take part in the Great North Swim.  

On Friday the 13th Ian Monksfield, Chairman and a member of the club for over 40 years, swam the 5k in a time of 1 hour 29 minutes and 53 seconds finishing in 126th position.  Also swimming on the Friday in the 2 mile race was Christopher Comer swimming the distance in 51 minutes 25 seconds finishing in 54th position.   Tragically a man died competing in the Friday's swim challenge.  The 52 year old was flown to hospital by air ambulance.  The event organisers confirmed later that evening that the event would still continue over the weekend.

The Saturday should have started with Ben Warrington (14) and Chris Donno (23) taking part in the 800m, however the journey by car, ferry and a one mile walk to the start took longer than the party thought, arriving too late to start the race.  Chris was allowed to transfer his swim to the 10am (1mile) wave with Janet, Emma and Hayley Warrington, however because Ben was too young he wasn't able to swim and took on the role of Chief Photographer!  

Janet who wanted to do something special for her 50th birthday and raise funds for the Charity Special Olympics finished her challenge swim in 37 minutes 56 seconds finishing in 1664th position, Hayley and Emma finished together swimming in 26 minutes 41 seconds and 26 minutes 42 seconds final positions were 181st and 185th respectively.  Chris doubling the distance of his original challenge finished the course in a respectable 45 minutes 24 seconds finishing in 2658th position out of a total of 4015 swimmers competing in the Great North Swim one mile challenge.


In the 10:30am wave Julian Dear swam a time of 25 minutes 45 seconds finishing in 130th position, Mark Charles swam a time of 28 minutes 35 seconds finishing in 320th position and Holly Charles swam the one mile in 29 minutes 35 seconds and finished in 424th position.  Lucy Charles was able to swim the course with her sister as a warm up for the Sunday 5k Elite race.  Pauline Page swam the mile swim in a time of 30 minutes 25 seconds finishing in 520th position.

The Sunday should have seen Lucy compete in the Elite 5k womens race at 14:30 but Lucy didn't manage to finish.  Lucy said "We had to swim without a wetsuit and by the time I had done one lap I was far too cold, was shivering too much and I couldn't swim properly so had to stop."




Posted on 15th June



 Saturday 7th June 2014 - Session 1 and 2



A fantastic first day's competition saw Hoddesdon Swimming Clubs Amy Godsave and Libby Dunford improve their long course PB s in the 200m IM to 2.38.33 and 2.49.22 respectively. Both girls then swam excellent heats in the 100m freestyle with Libby going in to the 11 year old final in 6th place with a long course pb time of 1.07.03 and Amy swimming 59.56 to go into the 14 year final in 1st position.
Libby stormed home to finish third, with a bronze medal, in a time of 1.05.78, a massive improvement in her time. Amy swam slightly faster in the final 59.53, to win a silver medal, just behind Rebecca Sherwin (58.95).
Mary Wright Assistant Head Coach said "Both girls excelled themselves this afternoon, and it was so nice to see all their hard work in the pool and out being rewarded by swimming of which they can be proud."
Sunday 8th June 2014 - Session 3
A well deserved bronze medal for Amy in the 100m Butterfly swimming it in a great time of (1:07.44). Libby's 400m Freestyle was textbook style! finishing in a time of 5 minutes 11.91 seconds finishing in 16th place in the 11 yrs age group. 

Posted on 7th June

Hoddesdon Tri Club Team 2nd in London Hyde Park
Reece Barclay, Lucy Charles and Ant Collier
Hoddesdon Tri Club had a busy weekend of racing at the ITU London triathlon at Hyde Park.  Saturday, 31st May 2014, saw Lucy Charles, Ant Collier and Reece Barclay compete in the Sprint distance relay in a field of over 300 athletes. Lucy Charles completed the 750m swim in 9 minutes 14 seconds, exiting the water in first place before handing over to Ant. Exiting transition in first place alongside the professional Army team. The 5 loop, out and back, bike course was very busy, and the Army team managed to pull away by one minute. Ant held on to second place riding the 20km course in 30 minutes 20 seconds. Reece Barclay would be anchoring the relay team for the 5k run, which he completed in a rapid 18 minutes and 6 seconds securing a fantastic second place. The Hoddesdon Tri team achieved second place overall in Total time of 58 minutes 55 seconds, a brilliant achievement in a very competitive field with semi professional and elite athletes racing.
On Sunday, 1st June 2014, saw five Hoddesdon Tri Athletes racing in Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons. Lucy Charles completed the Olympic distance in 2 hours 15 minutes, claiming 9th lady overall. Reece Barclay finished the Olympic distance in 2 hours seven minutes. Ian Brinkley finished the sprint distance triathlon in 1 hour 16 minutes with a storming 5k run. Craig Leverett finished in 1 hour 23 minutes and Ian Wilkinson finished in 1 hour 24 minutes with some very competitive racing.
Fantastic racing from all the athletes in Hoddesdon Triathlon Club.

Posted on 2nd June

Olympian visits Hoddesdon SC

OLYMPIAN Craig Gibbons visited Hoddesdon Swimming Club as part of their Motivational Day on Sunday 1st June 2014.  Craig who competed in the London 2012 Olympics as part of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay team shared his journey with the swimmers and then coached the pool session before getting in the water to race against them.  


The day started off at the new Nigel Copping Community Hall in Stanstead Abbotts with Carl Cooper England Disability Talent Officer explaining to the members what they need to do if they want to be a world-class athlete.  Carl's message was: swimmers need to take control of their own training from packing their own bags, to making sure they perform all their skills in the training pool perfectly.  "Perfect Practice makes Perfect" very similar to the clubs mantra "Perfect Practice makes Perfect Performance!".

Chris Smith then took to the floor with mum Jacky.  Chris has been at the club since he was 9 years old and he talked through the highs and the lows, the different competitions he has taken part in and the experiences he has had along the way.  Janet Warrington said "I think Chris was a brilliant speaker, he got the message across and was very funny too.  I am very proud of the progress that Chris has made and wish him every luck with his exams because I believe Melanie Marshall at City of Derby will be a brilliant coach and has a great programme for Chris to move onto and progress his career further."


Ian Mackenzie, ASA East Region President and life member of Hoddesdon Swimming Club talked to the group of swimmers and parents about the changes that are coming soon, through the British Swimming’s Long Term Athlete Development research and this will mean our Competition Pathway is going to change.  Ian's message was "don't worry".  Mary Wright and Janet Warrington acknowledged that they both support the changes and are looking forward to the challenges ahead.  At the end of the presentation Ian presented Janet with a shield, this was because at the Herts ASA Counties Championships in March the Age Group Females won the Top Club.

A short walk back to John Warner for the pool session and the fun started again.  Craig coached the session and the Hoddesdon SC Coaches assisted. Emphasis was on good technique and skills with a bit of fun mixed in, everyone enjoyed the session.  Craig wanted to start a trend with a 'swimclubselfie' which we thought was brilliant.  It was Marco Tontodonati's 11th birthday and he said "it was a great birthday present!"


Janet Warrington said "the day was a brilliant success and I am very pleased.  We had to move the date back a week because Craig was told he had to stay in Dubai for treatment to his shoulder, so I was a bit worried we couldn't move everything.  But Carl Cooper moved his appointment, Chris who is in the middle of his exams said it was okay with him (which I really appreciate) and Ian Mackenzie confirmed he was available - so it was all back on!"


"A big thank you also to Jackie Harvey for sorting out the logistics and venue and Caroline Pryor and Azmina Mather for organising the raffle."



Posted on 2nd June

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