Junior Awards night a great success for Tri Club


Hoddesdon Tri Club held their first Junior Awards Evening at the Ware Lido on Friday 12th September with former GB International Open Water swimmer, now turned Triathlete, Lucy Charles presenting the awards to the twenty-eight junior members.  The members celebrated their successes with a fun swim, BBQ and awards night.  Lucy Charles also gave a motivational talk to the group about her experiences of the IronMan Competition that she recently took part in at Bolton where she finished in 2nd place.

The twenty-eight juniors all received an award from Lucy and then two special awards were presented to Tommy Liddiard and Tom Willis by the Coaching Team for Junior of the Year.

Scott Carpenter, a junior triathlete, thanked Steve Gershon Junior Head Coach on behalf of the juniors for the help and support he had given to the juniors throughout the season.

Tim Dolan, Junior Membership Secretary said “This was our first junior awards night and everyone had a brilliant time.  I would like to thank Tesco who donated food and all the parents who also brought food and helped ensure the evening was a success.  2014 has seen the club grow and as a club we now have a good representation at the triathlon competitions.  We are hopeful that Hoddesdon Tri Club will continue to grow and we can continue to give youngsters in the local community the opportunity to train regularly and take part in the sport of Triathlon.”

Posted on 30th September

Five take part in the National Championships Youth, Open & MC


FIVE Hoddesdon SC members travelled to the Inernational Ponds Forge Pool in Sheffield  5th-10th August 2014 to take part in the Britsh Gas National Championships (Youth, Open & MC) 50m.
GRACE HARVEY (16) from Stanstead Abbotts swims in the Multi-Classification (MC) events with a classification of S7, SB6, SM7 as she has cerebral palsy.  Grace qualified for a total of seven events:-
100m Backstroke Heats 522 British Disabiliy Points (BDP) 1:44.31 4th; Final 573 BDP 1:38.21 3rd (Bronze Medal).
50m Freestyle Heats 579 BDP 37.96 (pb) 10th; Final 575 BDP 38.05 10th.
400m Freestyle Heats 484 BDP 6:20.81 10th; Final 487 BDP 6:19.94 (pb) 10th.
200m Individual Medley 445 BDP 3:40.62 (5 seconds pb) 11th and her goggles came off on the backstroke to breaststroke turn!
100m Breaststroke 404 BDP 2:09.24 13th (8 second pb)
100m Freestyle 535 BDP 1:23.82 joint 13th (1 second pb)
Straight Final for the 50m Butterfly because there are only two swimmers entered; Grace achieved 371 BDP with a new pb time of 47.05 finishing 2nd, but because of the 'minus one rule' doesn't receive a medal. 
GEMMA BENNETT (27) from Takeley, Bishop's Stortford also competing in the MC events, with a classification of S14 (learning disability).  Gemma qualified for two events:-
100m Breaststroke Heats 672 BDP 1:27.72  (pb) 4th; FInal 671 BDP 1:27.80 4th.
200m Individual Medley Heats 638 BDP 2:55.04 (pb) 4th; Final 637 BDP 5th.
GEORGIE PRYOR (16) from Little Hallingbury, Bishop's Stortford qualified for three events:-
50m Butterfly in the Open Age Group Heats 27.96 8th; Final 27.63 (pb) 6th.
100m Butterfly in the 15/16 years Age Group Heats 1:03.27 10th; Semi-Final 1:02.36 9th; Final 1:02.54 10th.
100m Backstroke in the 15/16 years Age Group Heats 1:08.06 35th.
DAVID KELLEWAY (21) from Thundridge, near Ware qualified for three events:-
200m Backstroke in the 19 years and over Age Group 2:08.76 15th.
200 Individual Medley in the 19 years and over Age Group 2:09.84 (pb) 18th.
50 backstroke in the Open Age Group 28.40 (pb) 65th.
CHRIS SMITH (21) from Cheshunt qualified for the 100m Breaststroke swimming a personal best time of 1:08.02 he finished 26th in the 17/18 years Age Group.

Posted on 8th August

Nationals Masters 3k Open Water Championships

Jo Mitchinson and John Ryan

The Nationals Masters 3k Open Water took place at Rother Valley Park Sheffield on Sunday 3rd August 2014.  Hoddesdon SC's John Ryan (61) took part in the competition and swam the 3k in 53 minutes winning the Gold Medal for his age group.

Jo Mitchinson (35) from Stevenage SC also won the Gold medal in her age group swimming the 3k distance in 43 minutes 15 seconds.


Posted on 3rd August

Keeping an eye on our Max McCusker at the National Age Groups

Max moved to Millfeld School in September 2013, however he is still a member of Hoddesdon SC and swims for us when he can, for example in the Arena and Herts Major Galas.

This year at the Nationals Max has won two Gold medals in the 4x200M Freestyle and 4x100m Meley relays and a Silver medal in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

Results are as follows:

4x200m Freestyle Relay (heats) 1st with a split time of 2:01.53 - Final - 1st (Gold Medal) with a split time of 1:58.78

4x100m Medley Relay (heats) 1st with a split time for Max 100m Butterfly of 1:01.71 - Final 1st (Gold Medal) with a split time of 1:00.44

4x100m Freestyle Relay (heats) 2nd with a split time of 55.53 - Final - 2nd (Silver Medal) with a split time of 54.57

100m Freestyle (heats) 4th 55.23 - Final 6th 54.57

100m Butterfly (heats) 6th 1:00.16 - Final 7th 1:00.30

200m Freestyle (heats) joint 8th 2:00.42

400m Freestyle - (heats) 19th 4:20.50



Posted on 2nd August

Amy Godsave at the 2014 Nationals Championships - Age Group

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Amy Godsave (14) travelled on Tuesday 29th July to the International Pool at Ponds Forge Sheffield to compete in the British Gas ASA National Championships (Age Groups) 50m 2014.  Qualifying in two events:- 100m Freestyle on Wednesday 30th, and 200m Freestyle on Friday 1st August.

In the 100m Freestyle Heats Amy swam a fantastic race clocking a new personal best time of 58:88 securing her a place in the Girls 14 year old Final later that evening ranked 5th fastest. In the Final Amy improved her time further finishing 5th in a new pb time of 58:57.

Amy swam the 200m Freestyle heats on the Friday morning in a time of 2:12.69 finishing 30th out of forty-two 14 year old girls. 

Head Coach Janet Warrington said "We are very happy Amy has worked very hard this year and in particular focused on her strength and conditioning, and this hard work is starting to pay off."

Posted on 31st July

George Pryor represents GB in Portugal July 2014

HODDESDON Swimming Club's Georgie Pryor (16), selected to represent GB at the Portugal National Championships 24-27th July 2014, brought home a Gold medal after finishing joint 1st place in the 50m Butterfly and a Silver medal in the 4 x 50m Medley Relay.

The morning of day one Georgie swam in the heats of the 50m Butterfly and clocked a time of 28.35, ranking her 2nd fastest going into the A Final. That evening, she touched the pad in a time of 27.93finishing joint 1st place with Camen Herrero Ansoleaga (19) from C.N.Moscardo of Spain.  

On the third day of the meet, the GB Medley Relay Team (4 x 50m) made up of Eleanor Baldwin - City of Derby (backstroke); Katie Matts - Stockport Metro (breaststroke); Georgie Pryor - Hoddesdon (butterfly) and Darcy Deakin - City of Sheffield (freestyle) finished 2nd place in a time of 1.58.82 behind the Swedish team (1.48.91). Respectively, the splits were: 31.12 - 32.61 - 27.96 - 27.13.

Other results for Georgie included 6th place in the 100m butterfly A final, swimming a time of 1:03.36 (Heats- 1:03.10); 14th place in the 100m backstroke B final 1:07.82 (Heats- 1:08.24); 25th place in the 200m Individual Medley 2:28.78, and 49th place in the 100m freestyle 1:01.87.
Full results for the Portugal National Championships can be found here.

Georgie is now preparing to travel to Sheffield with six other Hoddesdon swimmers to take part in the British Gas National Championships to be held at the International Pool at Ponds Forge. 

Janet Warrington Head Coach said “I am very pleased for Georgie; selection, to represent GB, as part of the England Talent Programme is extremely important, and I am sure this meet will prove to be an invaluable experience for her as her career progresses in competitive swimming.”

“I am now looking forward to going to the Nationals where Georgie will swim in the Youths 50m & 100m Butterfly and the 100m Backstroke.”

“I am also very excited to see Amy Godsave swimming in the Age Group Championships (100m & 200m Freestyle); John Ryan in the Masters Open Water Championships; David Kelleway and Chris Smith in the Open Championships’ and Grace Harvey and Gemma Bennett in the MC Disability Championships.”

“This year we have seven swimmers going to the Nationals and representing Hoddesdon Swimming Club the largest team of swimmers we have ever had at the Championships.”


Posted on 27th July

Hoddesdon junior triathletes shine in the sun

Saturday 19th July saw Hoddesdon Junior Triathletes competing at two different events: Trent Park Aquathlon and Kimbolton.

Sam Veryard


Early in the day Sam Veryard, competing, in his first ever event, at the Trent Park Aquathlon in Brookmans Park came a very respectable 4th place in a time of 13 minutes 36 seconds. Sam really enjoyed the event and will be one to keep an eye on in the future.

Later in the day a team of seven travelled north to Kimbolton for the last 'ranking event' of the season for Eastern Triathlon. Paige Mangelshott, again competing in her very first event looked very comfortable in the hot conditions and put in a great performance, finishing in a time of 27 minutes 17 seconds in the Tristar 2 category. Paige was spurred on watching Hannah Bates coming 2nd in the Girls Youth category completing the distance in a time of 28 minutes 08 seconds  a great way to finish what has been a very successful season for Hannah.

The girls were accompanied by five boys. In the Youth category David Watts finished in 16th position in a time of 32 minutes 29 seconds whilst Tom Willis Tristar 3, recovering from  a knee injury, finished in 25th place (out of 55) in a time of 24 minutes 56 seconds.

In the Tristar 2 category there were ninety competitors. Hoddesdon Tri Club had three boys; Rhys Dolan 30th (19 minutes 53 seconds), Scott Carpenter 52nd (21 minutes 54 seconds) and Sam Willis 58th (22 minutes 15 seconds).  These young boys all put in great performances as they had to cope with very hot weather. 

Tim Dolan, Membership Secretary for Hoddesdon Tri Junior Section said "We are very proud of the performances from all of our junior triathletes, and it was great to see Paige and Sam take part in their very first Triathlon competitions."

"Next season we expect to see many more competing, and we are very excited about 2015."



Posted on 27th July

Grace breaks her own British Record

On Saturday 19th July, 2014 four Hoddesdon SC members travelled to Basildon for the Basildon Phoenix Swimming Club ‘End of Season’ Long Course (LC) Meet.

Grace Harvey (15)  (S7 classification), swam brilliantly, she broke her own British Record in the 200m backstroke,  recently obtained in November 2013, swimming a very convincing and determined race in a new personal best (pb) time of 3:27.85.

Grace also improved her 200m freestyle pb time by 11 secs, touching home in 3:06.03 and swam the 50m butterfly in 50.38.

Matteo Tontodonati (13) broke the 30 secs barrier in the 50m freestyle, swimming a pb time of 29.95 and claiming 3rd place.  He also swam the 100m freestyle in 1:07.40 (7th), the 200m Individual Medley in a pb time of 2:56.07 (7th), 50m breaststroke in 45.72 (9th) and the 100m breaststroke in a pb time of 1:39.88 (8th).

Benjamin Williamson (12) achieved personal best times in all of his races. The 50m freestyle 36.73 (18th), 100m backstroke 1:34.91 (12th), 100m free 1:21.94 (20th), 50m backstroke 45.60 (12th) and 50m breaststroke 50.32 (10th).


Marco Tontodonati (11), achieved pb times in the 400m freestyle (6.23.73, 5th), 200m Individual Medley (3.24.94, 9th) and 50m freestyle (37.40 19th). He also came 12th in the 50m breaststroke swimming a time of 53.99 and the 50m backstroke (42.45).

Coach Manuela Teti said: “There were some great swims from the boys, and this meet was a good one to finish off their swimming season.”

“Grace is in great form, swimming with determination and focus. We are now looking forward to seeing how she performs at the British Gas Nationals in Sheffield at the end of the month.”

The swimmers representing Hoddesdon SC at the Nationals in 2014 are:  Age Group Swimmer - Amy Godsave, Youth Swimmers - Georgie Pryor, Chris Smith and David Kelleway, Master Swimmer John Ryan in the Open Water Championships and in Disability Swimming Grace Harvey (S7, SB6, SM7) and Gemma Bennett (S14).  We wish them all the best of luck and hope they have a great meet.

Full set of Results can be found here.

Posted on 26th July

Lucy and Reece debut IronMan


Lucy Charles and Reece Barclay from Hoddesdon Tri and Hoddesdon S.C completed their first IRONMAN on Sunday 20th July in Bolton.

Couple and business partners Reece and Lucy are no strangers to elite level sport coming from a background of national and international level swimming. However in the 3.8k (2.4 mile) swim that started off the IRONMAN in Pennington Flash, they both shocked the crowds by being the 1st age groupers to finish the swim, beating almost all of the pro athletes out of the water.

The 112 mile bike leg which is probably their weakest of the three disciplines went smoothly with no mechanical issues. Five times IRONMAN World Champion Craig Alexander described the Bolton bike course as one of the toughest in the world! Yet Reece and Lucy took the gruelling endurance event in their stride and both managed to finish with a strong marathon run to complete their debut IRONMAN in fantastic times: Reece 11:45:58 and Lucy 12:16:12.  Reece finished 8th in the 20-24 Men's age category and Lucy was 2nd in the 20-24 Women's category narrowly missing out on a World Championship qualification spot.


Posted on 25th July

BLDSA One Hour Postal Swim 2014

THIRTY-FIVE swimmers entered the British Long Distance Swimming Association's One Hour Postal Swim this year and THIRTEEN finished in the TOP TEN in their age group.

Well done to everyone, and a special mention to those finishing in the Top Ten!  Set of full results can be found here

In alphabetical order:

1st place:  
Reece Barclay (20-24);
Lucy Charles (20-24);
Grace Harvey (H3: 14-15);  
Ian Wimpenny (35-39)

2nd place: 
Jason Adjekum-Mensah (H1: 10-11); ]

3rd place:  
Libby Dunford (10-11) - [1st 10 year old]

4th place:  
Pauline Page (50-54)

6th place:  
Ryan Brewster (14-15);
Linda Grayling (45-49)

7th place:  
Ralph Davies (12-13);
Sharon Gannon (45-49)

8th place:  
James Croft (35-39)

9th place:  
Peter Biggs (40-44)


Posted on 25th July

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