Peanuts Round 1

Well Done to the Hoddesdon Swimmers who competed in the first round of the Herts Peanuts Division One Gala on Saturday 17th May 2014 at Hemel Hempstead.  Once the full results have been sent over we will be posting on our website.

Posted on 19th May

Hodd Tri Club Junior Aquathlon 10th May 2014

Hoddesdon Tri Club put on a great 1st event

Saturday 10th May saw Hoddesdon Tri Club hold its very first event - the Broxbourne Community Aquathlon.

It was held on the same day that Laura Trott opened the newly renamed Laura Trott Leisure Centre.  There were many things to entertain on the day and with so many triathletes competing all the competitors coped really well, especially with the amount of people in attendance.

Athletes from all over the Eastern Region attended the event and we were very proud to have so many Hoddesdon Tri Club junior newcomers competing - the club was certainly well represented and we had quite a few top final positions too!

In the Tristar category 7-8 years’ age group Hoddesdon male triathletes, Fraser McCormack 6th, Tommy Liddiard 7th, Ethan Baker 8th boy and 9th overall and Monty Leverett, all doing their first event!  Also competing was Hoddesdon swimmers Tom Bishop 2nd and Molly Hagan 2nd (11th overall).

Tristar 1 age group 9-10 year olds, we had one new member to the team, Gabriel Thornton 3rd (9th overall).

Tristar 2 age group 11-12 year olds saw a mix of Hoddesdon Tri and Swim members; in the male category Rhys Dolan was 5th (9th overall), Robin Kettle 6th (10th overall), Scott Carpenter 8th (16th overall) Samuel Willis 9th (18th overall) and Ethan Biggs 10th boy (23rd overall).  For the females we had Libby Dunford 3rd (4th overall), Ellie Godsave 4th (7th overall), Kayleigh Perry 5th (8th overall), Amy Bishop 7th (12th overall), Maggie Wyper 12th (20th overall) and Lucy Hinks 14th girl (22nd overall).

Tristar 3 ages 13-14 year olds saw Thomas Willis gaining a great 3rd place for the boys and Alexandra Heal also achieving 3rd for the girls (9th overall).

In the Youth category (15-16 year olds) David Watts was the 3rd fastest male (4th overall) with Hannah Booth 1st in the girls and 3rd overall.

Steve Gershon (HTC Junior Coach) said “I was delighted by the large number of entries and especially because the majority of these were local athletes.”

Ant Collier (HTC Senior Coach) said “overall it was a very successful Aquathlon.”

Full set of Results can be found here 

Posted on 17th May

Super Swimming at Sudbury Time Trial

Two junior swimmers from Hoddesdon Swimming club, Dominic McCarthy (11 years old) and Lily Merrett (11 years old), travelled to Sudbury for the ‘Last Chance Time Trial’ on the 10th and 11th of May, determined to achieve new personal bests in their races. Having both achieved PB’s at this year’s Hertfordshire County Championships in March, they knew they would have to swim in spectacular style to achieve their goal. Both Dominic and Lily had a great two days with some impressive personal best times and many first places achieved in their races.

On the first day of competition Dominic came first in the 100IM (125.80)PB, first in the 50m free (33.24)PB and first in the 100m freestyle, with a fantastic 4 sec PB and a new time of 1:13.44. In his final race of the day, Dominic stayed strong and achieved second place in the 200m backstroke (2:57.21)PB.

Lily, who arrived for one race in the second session, swam a gutsy 100m free in a new time of (1:13.63)PB coming in first place.

On the second day, Dominic swam a further 3 races and remained strong throughout. He came first in the 200m freestyle (2:41.73), first in the 50m back (37.38)PB and in the 100m backstroke, Dominic swam an exciting heat, winning the race and securing another first place position in a new and impressive time of (1:18.42) gaining a massive 9 second PB.

Lily, a keen fly swimmer, arrived excited to swim the 200m fly. This was Lily’s first time swimming this event and she swam it brilliantly, winning her heat and gaining first place in her age group in a great time of (3:11.04) PB   20 seconds off her entry time. Lily finished the weekend with 2 more first place positions: the 50m backstroke (38.41) PB and the 100m fly (1:18.49) with an impressive 5 second personal best in this race.

Well done Dominic and Lily!

Posted on 16th May

Truly Inspirational


  John Willis – Challenge Swim 1 – executing a turn

JOHN WILLIS didn’t disappoint when he visited a Disability Swimming Session and Hoddesdon Swimming Club on Sunday 11th May 2014 at The John Warner Sports Centre. 

John travelled from Cambridge to Hoddesdon to complete two of his 1000m challenge swims as part of a fundraising effort where he will have swum 50 1000m swims at 50 schools promoting integration in sport.

The 48th swim was at 4pm which was swum in a time of 35 minutes 42 seconds and John swam in the middle of the Disability Special Needs Session at The John Warner Sports Centre which is held every week between 4pm and 5pm.  Coaches from Hoddesdon SC support this session and the swimmers who swam alongside John encouraged him through the challenge.

Head Coach Janet Warrington said “When John approached the club I really wanted the people who swim in the disability session to meet John and be inspired by him, but I also wanted the members of the swimming club to meet him and also be inspired.  Luckily for me John was prepared to swim the 1000m twice and therefore meet both groups.”

“The day worked brilliantly, because as John finished his first challenge our youngest club members were arriving for their session with their parents and the people who had just swum were able to stay a bit longer and everyone was able to listen and be blown away by John’s remarkable story.”



During his talk John spoke about his life growing up and the barriers he had to overcome, showed everyone how he learnt to use a spoon, fork and write, and then he showed the crowd some fantastic drawings and paintings that were truly amazing and jaw dropping.  The young swimming club members then warmed up in the pool and were poolside again for the start of the 2nd swim of the day at 6pm.


The Start of Challenge Swim 2

After watching John swim 50m the swimmers then went to their lanes to swim alongside John in support.  The swimmers in lanes 5 and 6 also swam 1000m broken as 10 x 100m.  The coaching team then made sure the swimmers were back poolside to cheer John on during the last 200m .

Carl Cooper tells John he has 4 lengths to go.

Carl Cooper, Disability Swimming Talent Officer (East/London) who supports Grace Harvey and Lottie Mills came along to support Hoddesdon SC, a Disability Hub Club for Hertfordshire, with the event.

Janet Warrington said “I am very grateful for Carl’s support, he recorded every 50m split and encouraged John providing important feedback on how John was swimming throughout both of the swims.”

“I am very confident that Hoddesdon SC and Special Olympics East Herts will be working with John Willis in the future as we strive to increase opportunities for integrated sports and more sports for everyone whether disabled or not.”


The finish!

The second 1000m was swum in a time of 36 minutes 05 seconds.  John finished his 50th and final 1000m swim on 12th May 2014 at Abbey Pool in Cambridge with Netherhall School.

For more information about John’s efforts, visit or


Posted on 12th May

Hemel Hempstead Spring Development Meet


Dougie, Lara, Daniel, Frankie and Ciaran

Saturday 10th May, saw five of our swimmers compete at Hemel Hempstead in the club's 3rd Annual Development Meet. The meet is aimed at swimmers who did not qualify for the 2014 County Championships, but also for more experienced county level swimmers to race in their less favoured strokes and distances.

Our team of swimmers swam in the afternoon session and won two medals and achieved 8 personal best times out of 10 swims.

Hoddesdon Junior Boys Captain, Daniel Cole, 12 years old, won both the medals and displayed some accomplished underwater work in both starts and turns in his 100m Breaststroke race, gaining a 4th place medal and a new personal best time (1:44.92)PB and also won a bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle (34.96).

Ciaran Fahy, 12 years old, swam in three events and achieved personal bests in all his swims. He swam a very well paced 100m IM (2:03.83)PB, 50m Butterfly (1:01.74)PB and lastly the 50m Freestyle (46.96)PB.

Lara Fahy, 10 years old, like her brother Ciaran, gained personal bests in both her events, an impressive 4 second PB in the 50m Freestyle (43.90)PB, and also swam the 100m IM (1:58.93)PB.

Dougie Grayling, 10 years old, with his birthday two days away, competed for the last time in this age group, placing 7th in the 100m Breaststroke slicing 14 seconds off his personal best time (2:01.22)PB, he also swam the 50m Freestyle (47.57), although not a PB he showed great improvement in his technique, well done Dougie! 

Frankie Grayling, 9 years old, swimming in his first ever open meet looked cool, calm and collected on the block and came away with a huge 15 second personal best time dipping under the 1 minute mark in the  50m Freestyle, (59.12)PB.

Coach Linda Grayling said “With so many personal best times it shows how hard the swimmers have been working in training, their racing skills are displaying a marked improvement especially on the starts. It was a pleasure to attend such a well organised meet which ran smoothly and finished at the scheduled time. Lastly I would like to thank Helena Cole for organising our swimmers poolside".

Posted on 11th May

ASA ER Youth Championships 2014

Grace breaks another British Record

SIX Hoddesdon swimmers qualified for the ASA East Region Youth Championships held on Saturday and Sunday 3rd and 4th May 2014 at Luton Inspire long course pool.

Grace Harvey with Ian Mackenzie

Grace Harvey swimming in the Combined Result - Multi-Disability by British Disability Points group broke the British Record on day two for the long course 50m backstroke by 1.30 seconds which was held since 2008.  Georgie Pryor won two Gold medals in the 100m and 50m Butterfly and David Kelleway won a Silver medal in the 100m Freestyle.

Grace Harvey pupil at Presdales School, Ware competed in five events over the weekend: Winning Gold medals in the 400m Individual Medley (166 BDP) Gold Medal swimming in a pb time of 8 minutes 05.48 seconds; two Silver medals in the 50m Breaststroke (392 BDP) time of 1 minute 01.33 seconds; and in the 200m Individual (378 BDP) a pb time of 3 minutes 52.87.  The 100m Backstroke (496) 1:43.07 claiming a bronze medal.  However, saving the best till the very last event the 50m Backstroke Grace smashed the British Record held since 2008 in a record time of 47.60 seconds (550) and received a Bronze medal.

Georgie Pryor and David Kelleway

Georgie Pryor pupil at Herts & Essex School, Bishop’s Stortford swimming in the 15/16 year old age group won two Gold Medals in the 100m Butterfly (1:03.14 heats) - (1:03.26 Final – 1st); and the 50m Butterfly (28.36 heats) - (28.30 Final 1st).  In the 200m Backstroke (2:25.35 heats) Georgie pulled out of the 200m Backstroke to concentrate on the 50m Butterfly final and in the 50m Freestyle (28.05 heats) - (28.14 Final – 5th).

David Kelleway student at Bath University swam in two events in the 17 years and over, the 100m backstroke (1:01.04 heats) - (1:01.57 – Final 8th) and in the 100m Freestyle (54.29 – heats) - (53.14- Final 2nd) claiming the Silver Medal and a Long Course personal best time.

Sam Dallimore, Kane Hagley-King Becky Freestone and Grace Harvey

Sam Dallimore student at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield swam in two events in the 17 years and over, the 50m backstroke (28.60 – heats) - (29.10 – Final 7th) and in the 50m freestyle (24.87 – heats) - (24.82 – Final – joint 6th) with a personal best LC time.

Becky Freestone pupil at Broxbourne School swam in four events in the 15/16 Years Age Group: 200m Breaststroke (3:02.36 – 19th); 50m Breaststroke (37.89 – 13th); 200m Individual Medley (2:39.34 – 19th); 100m Breaststroke (1.23.63 – 13th).

Kane Hagley-King pupil at The John Warner School, Hoddesdon swimming in three events in the 17 years and over age group swam 100m Backstroke (1:08.76 – 33rd); 50m Backstroke (32.30 – 38th) and in the 100m Butterfly (1:05.82 – 24th).

Janet Warrington, Head Coach, said “I am so proud of all of the swimmers. Georgie, David and Sam reached the finals in all of their events, Becky achieved three personal best times out of four events.  Kane, who is leaving to go to University in September, enjoyed his last Regionals Competition and went home with a smile!  And with Grace breaking the British Record at the end of the competition, that was the cherry on the cake!”

“We are now looking forward to the ASA East Region BAGCATS Competition which will be held in Norwich over two weekends: 7th, 8th and 14th, 15th June.”

Full set of results can be found here

Posted on 11th May

Kids Triathlon - Upminster

Scott, David, Hannah, Rhys

Hoddesdon Tri Club had four members take part in the Kids Triathlon Upminster on 19th April: Rhys Dolan and Scott Carpenter both Tristar 2’s had to swim and run the same distances as in the previous week and finished in 11min and 12min 3 sec respectively, placing them 8th and 15th out of 24 boys.  Both showed improvements in their overall times by over 1 minute from the previous event.

Hannah Bates and David Watts both in their first year of the Youth age category had a 400m swim and 3km run. David finished 9th boy in a very respectable time of 20min 26 sec, especially as this was his first event in almost a year due to a knee injury last year. Hannah completed the course in 18min 55 sec which placed her 2nd girl.


Posted on 2nd May

Special Olympics Gala - 26th April 2014

Special Olympics East Herts swimmers enjoy competition

HODDESDON Swimming Club’s Special Olympics East Herts Aquatics Team travelled to the Herts Sports Village in Hatfield for the 10th Anniversary of the SO St. Albans Eastern Regional Gala on Saturday 26th April 2014.

Seventeen swimmers took part in the competition with the majority swimming in two individual events and a relay team.  The SOEH Team achieved seventeen personal best times; three were so fast they broke the Honest Effort Rule (if you swim faster than 15% of your entry time).  They collected six gold medals, seven silver medals and five bronze medals.


Receiving a certificate and ribbon for swimming faster than 15% of their entry times were:  Adam Edney  50m freestyle (44.19); Ben Wallace 50m freestyle (44.96) and Philippa Perry 25m freestyle (35.13), in fact Philippa was awarded the gold medal in error, and was allowed to keep the medal!

Gold medals were awarded to: Vinny Gorry in the 50m freestyle (1:14.47); Jason Adekum-Mensah 50m freestyle (43.97); Sam Wilson in the 25m backstroke (54.91); Jack Smith in the 25m freestyle (46.02); Adam Edney in the 25m freestyle (18.84) and Samantha Sage in the 25m freestyle (21.64).

Silver medals were awarded to Luke Rogers 50m freestyle (1.25.24); Matthew Philpott 50m freestyle (1.14.94); Stephen Birks (46.27); Philip Goodall (39.81); Luke Rogers 25m freestyle (47.16); Ben Wallace 25m freestyle (19.00).  The SO East Herts B Relay Team also won silver medals: Sam Downing, Adam Edney, Ben Wallace and Philip Goodall 4 x 25m freestyle (1:40.26).

Bronze medals were awarded to Mitchell Wright 50m freestyle (1:16.44); Sam Downing 50m freestyle (1:02.97); Sam Wilson 25m freestyle (52.56); Matthew Casey 25m freestyle (19.06); Jessica Aldridge in the 25m freestyle (45.51) because Philippa should have received the HER certification and Luke Cooper finished 4th in the 25m freestyle (1:08.43).

Head Coach Janet Warrington said “The SO Eastern Regional galas are a brilliant competition and our athletes, and our parents really enjoy them as well.”

“We are now looking forward to our own gala on the 25th October, which will also be held at the HSV Hatfield, and we will be working hard in training to prepare our racing skills.”


Full set of results 

Check out the Special Olympics Website click here

Posted on 30th April

British Para Swimming International Meet April 2014
Grace Harvey (15 years old) has qualified for seven events over the four days: 100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 50 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, 100 Backstroke, 50 Butterfly and the 400 freestyle. 
Day One 18/04/2014 we had the freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Grace swam a fantastic 3 second pb in the heats for the 100 free (1:24.60); this was good enough to get a place in the additional GB final that evening. The 100 breaststroke proved to be a tough ask straight after  the 100 free, however, Grace swam this in a time of 2:17.37. 
100 free heats (1:24.60 pb) 560 BDP - 63rd overall - 22nd u16 - GB Final 10th (1:25.25)
100 breast heats (2:17.37) 336 BDP - 61st overall - 23rd u16
Day Two 19/04/2014 (Good Friday) started with Grace swimming the 50m freestyle in a new pb time of 39.00 this was good enough to get her a second swim the the additional GB final ranked in 8th place in that final. The 200 Individual Medley was the race Grace wanted to do well in, swimming 2 seconds faster than her entry time she swam the 50m butterfly in 48.75; 50m backstroke in 53.00; the 50m breaststroke in 1:17.67 and the 50m freestyle in 47.12.   The breaststroke length being the tough one!
50 free heats (39.00 pb) 534 BDP - 57th overall 18th u16 - GB Final 9th (39.24)
200 IM heats (3:45.64 pb) 416 BDP - 63rd overall 23rd u16
Day Three 20/04/2014 the 100 backstroke saw Grace swim another personal best time 1:37.82 finishing in 35th place and narrowly missing out on the Youth Final (by one place!).   To finish the heats on day three Grace has the 50m butterfly swimming another personal best she secured 8th place overall and a place in the A final tonight. 
100 back heats (1:37.82 pb) 580 BDP - 35th overall 11th u16
50 fly heats (47.37 pb) 364 BDP - 8th overall - A Final 7th (47.75)
Saving the best till last Grace smashed her 400m Freestyle time by 12.80 seconds with a new personal best time of 6 minutes 20.04 seconds.
400 free heats (6:20.04) 487 BDP - 40th overall

Posted on 19th April

Basildon Junior Aquathlon
Basildon Aquathlon Season Opener
A Team of eight Hoddesdon Tri Club athletes took the short journey to Basildon Sporting Village on 6th April to compete in the Basildon Aquathlon Season Opener.  
They all looked very proud in their new team tops, and with the new flags flying high we did get noticed!  For many of the youngsters it was their first event and they did the club PROUD!
First up was Tom Willis in the Tri-star 3 category finishing 33rd out of 48 (18th fastest boy).  In the Tri-star 2 category there was a total of 84 competitors; Rhys Dolan finished 27th (14th fastest boy), Scott Carpenter was 47th (20th fastest), Sam Willis was 65th (28th fastest), Maggie (Magz) Wyper was 66th (38th fastest girl) and Ethan Biggs finished in 76th place (32nd fastest boy).  
Scott said, "As it was my first event I was a bit nervous, but having other members of the club there who had done it before helped me settle my nerves and enjoy the race … I’m looking forward to the next one!”
Tom said, “I thought it was a very well run and a friendly event” and his brother Sam said, “it was tiring but quite easy … I did enjoy it!”​
Hannah Bates competed in the Basildon Aquathlon which comprised of the Youth, Adult and Veteran categories.  Hannah finished in a fantastic 14th place in the Youth category and was the 3rd fastest girl.  Peter Biggs competed in the Veteran category crossing the line in 15th place and finished 13th in the men’s category.
Rhys said “I had a very full weekend and thought I did very well, although I could have gone faster in the pool but overall I was pleased with my run.”
Ethan said “I really enjoyed the event particularly the running section and overtaking other runners!”
"It was great to see our club members compete and put into practice the skills they have been taught.” (Brian)
Good luck to everyone competing in the Upminster Aquathlon on Sat 19th April!

Posted on 19th April

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