Upminster Aquathlon

Busy weekend for Hoddesdon tri club juniors


Four HTC juniors travelled to the Upminster Aquathlon to compete in the latest event, Tri start Rachael Carpenter, Tri star 1 Jack Markham and Harry Eagle were also joined by Hannah Bates in the Youth category.

Racheal and Harry both improved their times from the Basildon Aquathlon whilst Jack was consistent with his swim time from the previous event.

Hannah in the youth category achieved a 6 second pb from her previous swim.

Final positions Rachael 4th, Jack 13th, Harry 15th and Hannah 3rd.

Brian Carpenter stated “All four competed with great enthusiasm and respect for their fellow competitor’s.

The following day the juniors were back at Rye House using the track to continue their cycle training. The home of karting plays an important part for all our juniors as they are able to use their bikes without the fear of traffic, plus learn important skills for the future.

Posted on 29th May

ASA East Region Age Groupers

SEVEN swimmers from Hoddesdon Swimming Club travelled to UEA Norwich LC pool to compete in the East Swimming 2015 Long Course Championships held over the bank holiday weekend 23rd – 25th May 2015.

Libby Dunford came 2nd in the Best Overall Girl for the ASA East Region 11/12 year olds and Lily Merrett finished joint 3rd place with Eloise Sneddon from Colchester SC.



Libby won two gold medals in the 100m freestyle in a time of 1:05.20 and the 50m freestyle which she won in a time of 28.88.  She won a silver medal in the 200m Individual Medley (2:07.81) and four bronze medals in the 50m butterfly (31.82), 100m backstroke (1:13.66) the 50m backstroke (34.15), and the 200m freestyle (2:22.02).

Lily won two gold medals in the 50m butterfly (31.47) and the 50m backstroke (33.74), two silver medals in the 200m butterfly and the 100 butterfly 1.13.37 and a bronze in the 200m Individual Medley (2:41.77).  Other final places were 4th place in the 50m freestyle (30.54), 5th place in the 100m backstroke (1:14.72), 7th place in the 200m freestyle (2:25.57) and an 8th in the 100m freestyle (1:07.06).

Matteo Tontodonati swimming in the 14 year old boys qualified for nine events and finalled in three events; the 100m backstroke, the 200m Individual Medley and the 200m freestyle. Matteo finished in 5th place in the 100m backstroke (1:08.78), 7th in the 200m freestyle in a time of (2:16.77) and 7th place in the 200 IM (2:34.69).   Other results for Matteo were 9th place in the 200m backstroke (2:31.09), and 9th place in the 50m backstroke (31.75), 11th place 100m freestyle (1:02.47), 16th place 50m freestyle (28.45), 16th place in the 100m butterfly (1:10.48) and 18th place in the 50m Butterfly (31.00).

Ralph Davies also swimming the in the 14 year old boys qualified for two events the 50m freestyle and the 50m backstroke.  Ralph finished in 17th place in the 50m freestyle swimming a time of 28.48 just 0.03 behind Matteo.  In the 50m backstroke Ralph finished 17th place again swimming in a time of 33.35 seconds.

Amy Bishop (11/12 year old girls) qualified for one race the 50m freestyle which she swam in a time of 30.97 and finished in a very respectable 12th place.

Ellie Godsave swimming in the 13 year old girls qualified for two events the 50m and 100m freestyle.  Ellie finished 21st in the 100m freestyle swimming her race in a time of 1:07.38 and 27th place in the 50m freestyle in a time of 31.03.

Kayleigh Perry (13 yrs) qualified for the 50m and 100m backstroke; finishing in 21st place in the 100m backstroke (1:16.27) and 28th place in the 50m backstroke in a time of 35.83.



Mary Wright Joint Head Coach said “We were delighted to have so many swimmers competing at this level.  The standard of competition was high and the schedule of events tough.  This provided them with valuable experience for the future, helping us to produce swimmers strong enough to succeed in the sport.  Our swimmers rose to the occasion and need to be congratulated on their achievements especially as many of them only achieved their qualifying times within the last two months.”

Janet Warrington Joint Head Coach said “We are very proud of the way the swimmers performed in the pool, and the way they behaved and conducted themselves out of the pool; showing us a professional attitude at all times.”

“We are now looking forward to the Nationals in the summer and we are keen to see how it will work this year because British Swimming has changed the Competition Calendar and it could feel very different, putting us all out of our comfort zone.”

Full results can be found on the ASA East Region Website: Swimming / Results


Posted on 28th May

Open Water Dorney 3K

With grey clouds casting a gloomy backdrop over Dorney Lake on this Bank Holiday Monday (25/05/2015), you would expect optimism to be low, however the morning’s weather did not dampen spirits as people turned out in their masses to take part and spectate in what was to be a fantastic event and a great day out at Dorney Lake.


Hoddesdon Swimming Club’s Ian Wimpenny swimming in the 3km Swim treated the crowds to a pulsating finish with all of the top six arriving within 7 seconds of each other, eventually being won by Ian Wimpenny with a time of 38.29mins, averaging a fantastic speed of 4.68km/h, the fastest of the day by any competitor! Shortly following Ian Wimpenny in joint second was Matthew Steere (Orpington Ojay Swimming Club), Fraser Barclay (Epping Forest District Swimming Club) and Adam Warner all finishing with a time of 38:32. Only two seconds behind them in 5th place was the fastest swimmer in the female category, Jessica Wooddisse (38:34) of Stroud Masters. Following her in second place was Robyn Le Friec of the Beau Sejour Barracudas, who was only 4 seconds behind Jessica with a time of 38:38. Taking third place in the female category was Hannah Monaghan of West London Penguin, who finished on 10th overall with an impressive time of 40:26.

Ian Wimpenny posted on Twitter “First open water swim of the year @HumanRaceEvents - #Dorney 3km.  Thoroughly enjoyed it and not a bad result either!  With thanks to @HoddSC.”

Posted on 28th May

Peanuts Round 09/05/2015


Hoddesdon Team

On Saturday 9th May 2015 our younger swimmers took part in the first round of the Peanuts League 2015.

This year we compete in the 2nd Division of the League, which offers the right combination of competitiveness and friendly atmosphere that we believe suits both our younger swimmers new or relatively new to competitive swimming as well as our more experienced swimmers, resulting in fun galas that everybody can enjoy, embracing in full the team spirit.

On the night we came 4th racing against Hatfield B, Cheshunt, Hertsmere Flyers, Tring and Welwyn GC. Seven first places, 3 second places and 12 third places were achieved by our swimmers for a total of 56 Personal Best times (PBs).

Our three regional swimmers in the team, all swimming in the U13 age group, Libby Dunford, Lily Merrett and Amy Bishop touched base first in their individual events: 50 Breast (39.10 PB) and 50 Fly (31.34 PB) for Libby, 50 Back (32.73 PB) for Lily and 50 Free (31.28 PB) for Amy. Their relay team, with Maggie Wyper, also won the U13 Medley Relay and the U13 Freestyle Relay. First place was also achieved by Isabel Hinks in the 9yrs 25 Back (22.64 PB), showing how much she is improving.

Three of our swimmers touched the wall second: Ogul Er in the U11 25 Free (17.70), Mollie Downes in the U12 25 Fly (19.12) and Marco Tontodonati in the U13 50 Free (33.03).

Our team also achieved 12 third places, 9 of which in individual events: Bella Parkus in the U11 25 Free (17.40 PB) and 25 Fly (20.51 PB), Ellis Burroughs in the U12 25 Back (19.92), Marco Tontodonati in the U13 50 Breast (44.83), Rhys Dolan in the U13 50 Back (38.39), Isabel Short (27.92) and Reuben Chandisingh (29.53 PB) in the 9yrs 25 Breast, Isabel Hinks in the U11 25 Back (22.62 PB) and Lauren Chandisingh in the U12 25 Breast (24.43). The 9yrs Boys Freestyle Relay (Sam Nourzoopour, Jack Markham, Jake Williamson, Thomas Brown), U12 Girls Medley Relay (Bella Parkus, Lauren Chandisingh, Mollie Downes, Ellis Burroughs) and U13 Boys Freestyle Relay (Rhys Dolan, Elias Baluch, Dougie Grayling and Marco Tontodonati) teams also came third.

Everything ran smoothly on the night from the warm up to the last race with the help of our two experienced stewards Anna Baker and Emma Chandisingh and our older swimmers Jessica Callaghan, Benjamin Williamson and Matteo Tontodonati, joined by an injured but very smiling Lucy Hinks, who all did a very good job and cheered the team all the way through loudly and in perfect line with our team spirit. Well done and thank you all for your support!

Coach Manuela Teti said: “It was an enjoyable night of racing and fun, all worked as a well oiled machine and I would like to thank all our swimmers for being so well behaved on poolside and for trying their best in the water and their parents for all their support. I look forward to the next round which will be on Saturday 6th June 2015”.

Coach Andrew Woodhouse said: “I am happy with all the swimmers. The amount of PBs on the night just shows how hard everyone tried. The team spirit was excellent throughout and it was so nice to see older swimmers coming along to help out on poolside”.

Results can be found here.


Posted on 10th May

ASA East Region Youths Luton 2015


Six Hoddesdon swimmers travelled to inspire Luton Long Course 50m pool to compete in the ASA East Region Championships over the bank holiday weekend 2-4th May 2015. 

Chris Smith (19), Christie Bays (19), Georgie Pryor (17), Amy Godsave (16), Ben Hunt (15) and Carly Bays (15) all qualified for the prestigious event competing against the very best swimmers in the Region.

Georgie Pryor broke her own 50m Butterfly Record (27.50), won two gold medals (50m and 100m Butterfly (1.01.58)), 4th places in the 200m Individual Medley Final (2:25.89), 100m Freestyle (59.77), 100m (1:06.78) and 50m Backstroke (30.98).

Amy Godsave equalled the 50m Freestyle Junior Record (26.57), won three gold medals in the 50m Free, 100m Free (58.19) and 50m Butterfly (28.89)).

Mary Wright said “we are all so proud of the girls’ achievements between them they have won five gold medals and that means as a club we are 5th in the medal table!”

Chris Smith finished 4th place in the 100m Breaststroke Final (1:07.89), 8th place in the 50m Breaststroke Heats (30.90) and in the Final (31.42) and a 10th place in the 200m Breaststroke (2:36.50).

Ben Hunt who qualified for the Regionals for the first time this year with the 50m Backstroke finished 14th in the 16 year olds with a time of 31.17 a new LC personal best. 

Janet Warrington said “it was great to see Ben compete at the ASA East Region Championships and we know that next year many more events will follow.”

Christie Bays competed in the 50m (36.05) and 100m Breaststroke (1.20.45) and the 50m Butterfly (30.81) and younger sister Carly competed in the 50m Breaststroke (38.65), 100m Butterfly (1.11.87), 100m Freestyle (1.05.57) and the 50m Butterfly (31.00).  

Mary Wright said “both girls enjoyed  the competition and that was the most important thing.  Carly was 5th in the 50 Butterfly and 8th in the 50m Breaststroke which is a fantastic achievement and we know that she will continue to achieve great performances in the future.”

“We are now very excited about the Age Group ASA East Region Championships to be held in Norwich next May bank holiday.”

For a full set of results you can go to the ASA East Region website



Posted on 4th May

HTC Juniors brave the elements

Sunday saw the first event of the season for Hoddesdon Tri Club Juniors at the Basildon Aquathlon! Wet and windy it certainly was but this did not dampen the spirit of the juniors, each one putting in 100%. 

First up in Tri star 3 was Rhys Dolan (13th boy) and Paige Mangelshot (36th girl) competing for the first in this category.  The run course was altered which made for some heavy running and although the run was hard work for everyone their training kicked in helping them all to complete the event.

Next was Tri star 2 featuring Robin Kettle (13th), Scott Carpenter (15th), Sam Willis (28th), Ethan Biggs (32nd), Maggie Wyper (22nd) and Emma Quinn (43rd) all coming in muddy after completing the course.

Tri star 1 saw Katie Warburton (28th), Jack Markham (14th), Tommy Liddiard (22nd), Harry Eagle (25th), Fraser McCormack (31st) and Ryan Quinn (29th) completing their distances in great times.

Tri start competitor Rachael Carpenter (6th) didn't let the worsening conditions beat her as she too finished the course completing a fantastic afternoon of swimming and running.

For all the young ones to then stay behind to cheer on the older HTC competitors shows the club has real team spirit and the three youths were clapped and cheered right up to the line.

In the Youth category Sophie Biggs (6th), doing this event for the first time, blitzed the course.  Next was a strong favourite for the season, Hannah Bates (1st) coming home 5 minutes faster than her nearest female competitor.  Last but not least was Tom Willis (13th) now in a higher category and he too did not allow the course to beat him, coming home in a great time.

Peter Biggs (HTC Junior Coordinator) said "The Basildon Aquathlon was a great opener to the tri season for our junior team, in very tough weather conditions.  Their winter training certainly paid off, and there was a great team spirit."




Posted on 27th April

World famous Velopark plays host to first Hodd Tri Club Duathlon

Clubs from the Eastern Region converged on the Olympic park outside the Velodrome to watch Junior Triathletes compete against each other. Hosted by the adult section of Hoddesdon Tri Club there was plenty of action as well as the gusty conditions to contend with. Twenty seven HTC juniors all performed with great athleticism, showing lots of energy and technical skill to highlight how fast this club has developed over the past year.

Proceedings got under way with the youngest, but most enthusiastic, Tri start aged 8 all racing to take up a strong position and our three HTC triathletes showed their training paid off with Rachael Carpenter (4th), Willie Jenkins (4th) and Ben Willis (9th) all coming home in the top ten.

Tri star 1, 9-10 year olds saw the largest category with nine HTC members all finishing in the top 20; they were Anya Jenkins (9th), Katie Warburton (10th), Tommy Liddiard (9th), Jack Markham (14th), Fraser McCormack (15th), Harry Eagle (16th), Callum Madden (17th), Ben Vickers (18th) and Dawson Whitelegg (19th). For many this was their first experience and they really enjoyed the course.

Tri star 2, 11-12 year olds featured Elise Ainge (8th), Emma Quinn (9th), Sam Willis (6th) and Ethan Biggs (9th) all showing they have talent for this sport and will certainly make an impression this coming season.

Tri star 3 with ages 13 to 14 and Youth 15 to 16 joined together in support of each other which made for some great spectating. Not overwhelmed at the challenge ahead, each junior completed the extended course with a high standard of competitiveness with Agnes Brett (3rd), Marc Ainge (9th) and Rhys Dolan (10th) in Tri star 3 and Youth triathletes Hannah Bates (2nd), Sophie Biggs (3rd) and Jeremy Merlo (7th).

So all in all the day went extremely well with many attending clubs complimenting us on the organisation and success of the event.

Club Coach and Junior Coordinator, Peter Biggs commented “The Velopark Duathlon was a great success for the club, and was enjoyed by everyone.  A strong performance from all our team shows determination from the athletes and improving technique.”

Posted on 27th April

Amy Godsave shows potential at British Championships

Amy Godsave (15) qualified for the British Championships which this year took place at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London between 14th and 18th April, and attracted the very best British swimmers from all over the United Kingdom.

Amy who is a pupil at The Broxbourne School and who swims with Hoddesdon Swimming Club qualified for the British Championships in the 100 Freestyle and 50 Freestyle events in the 15/16 Age Group.

Day 1 saw Amy participating in the 100 Freestyle, where she finished 12th in her age group and with a new Long Course Personal Best time of 58.55. This swim also made her 36th fastest female in the United Kingdom at this event. For Amy this was valuable experience of swimming in a meet of exceptionally high standard.

On Day 4 Amy swam her 50 Freestyle Race in a time of 26.86, a new Personal best time, and one which earned her a much coveted place in the European Juniors Final that evening.  This time gave her an overall position of 26th fastest female in the 50 Freestyle event, and shows Amy’s potential for the future.

Mary Wright Head Coach said “The atmosphere for the finals was fantastic particularly as many swimmers and parents from Hoddesdon Swimming Club had travelled to the London Aquatics Centre to support Amy. Amy swam a further Personal Best Time in the final (26.74) and finished in 5th place. A remarkable achievement for Amy, especially as the finish was so close; places 2 to 5 were within 0.2 of a second of one another!” 

To make this occasion even more memorable for Amy and for those who made the journey to the Aquatic Centre there was an amazing finale, as the spectators watched and cheered Adam Peaty to his amazing World Record breaking swim in the 100 Breaststroke (57.92)


Posted on 25th April

Luton LC Open Meet - 11-12th April 2015


Chris Smith, Dominic McCarthy, Lily Merrett, Grace Harvey, Matteo Tontodonati, David Kelleway

Eight Swimmers from Hoddesdon SC took part in the Luton Open Meet over the weekend.

Grace Harvey (16) S7, SM7, SB6, had an excellent meet . She set a British Record in the 200 Butterfly in a time of 3.37.72 and broke her own British Record in the 200 Backstroke with a massive 6 second PB (3.19.77) which gave her 680 British Disability Points (BDP). She recorded a 20 second PB and 726 BDP in the 800 Freestyle with a time of 12.30.34.  She also swam in the 200 IM, where she finished in a time of 3.28.29.

Lily Merrett (12) who already has Regional Qualifying Times in all the events entered, improved upon her entry times in all 6 events. She finished 2nd in the 100 Backstroke with an eight second PB(1.14.25), the 50 Butterfly (32.06)  and the 50 Backstroke (34.48). she finished 3rd in the 100 freestyle (1.07.63) 4th in the 200 Freestyle (2.27.84) and 5th in the 200 Butterfly (2.46.24)

David Kelleway 21), now returning to Bath for his final term, was placed First in the 100 Butterfly (57.46), second in the 100 Freestyle (53.31) 4th in the 200 IM (2.12.67) and 5th in the 50 Freestyle (24.69)

Chris Smith (18) Competed in the 100 Breaststroke, finishing 3rd in a time of 1.10.00, and in the 50 Breaststroke, where he finished 4th in a time of 31.63, a new long course personal best time (PB).

Matteo Tontodonati (14) competed in only two events but achieved Regional qualifying times in both events – the 200 Individual Medley (2.32.86), 4th, and the 100 Freestyle (1.01.43) also finishing in 4th place in his age group.

Lily Merrett, Matteo Tontodonati, Ralph Davies

Ralph Davies (14) achieved a Regional Qualifying time in the 50 Freestyle (28.72) 7th, and finished 12th in the 100 Freestyle (1.03.88) and 13th in the 200 Freestyle (2.25.56)

Dominic McCarthy (13) came 12th in the 50 Backstroke (37.41) 12th in the 50 Breaststroke with a new PB (43.12) and 16th in the 100 Backstroke (1.25.36)

Marco Tontodonati (12) competed in the 200 Backstrokewhere he finished 8th in a new personal best of  2.54.01.

Janet Warrington said "We have had a great weekend of swimming, I am so proud!"



Posted on 21st April

Tape Trophy Gala 2015


On Saturday 18th April 2015 our younger swimmers took part in the Tape Trophy Gala, a friendly event in preparation for the upcoming Peanuts League, which will start in May.

Three first places were achieved by Bella Parkus (25 Free), Lucy Hinks (50 Back) and Marco Tontodonati (50 Free). In addition to this, our Hoddesdon swimmers touched base 2nd in 8 races and 3rd in 13.

An impressive 84 PBs (Personal Best times) were achieved, both in individual and relay events, which is even more impressive considering that quite a few swimmers had to race many events: it was a pleasure to see that all of them were happy to contribute showing a great team spirit.


Coach Manuela Teti said: "It was a very enjoyable evening of fun and team work, well done to all our swimmers!"


Click here for full results.

Posted on 20th April

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