The 2017/18 competitive swimming season has ended with a flurry of outstanding swims over a two-week period across the length and breadth of the British Isles. One English Champion, four National medals, two Beds County records and numerous personal best times were the icing on the cake for a year which has seen well over 100 of the Club’s own records broken. Read here for a detailed report.
Congratulations to Abbie Barnwell qualifying for the National Open Water championships on 30th July, following her swim at the East Region event.
From ages ranging from 11 up to 57 years, our swimmers won 1 Silver and 2 Bronze East Region medals and 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Beds County medals. Read here for more details.
For the period up to w/c 27th August there is a reduced training schedule for sessions at Inspire. During that time there is no land training. Masters’ sessions continue as normal at Lewsey. Click here for the Inspire timetable.
Skills Lead Coach, Alex Mason, set a new Beds County 18 – 24 years’ record at the Barnet Masters Distance Meet. Together with Sam Bradley, John O’Rourke, Sonia Bentley and Sharon Thompson, we won 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 7 Bronze medals. Read here for a full report.
Congratulations to our young swimmers finishing 5th out of the ten clubs in Division 2 of the M11 Junior Arena League. We achieved a total of 18 League points, after the third and final “Winners Gala” round at Enfield. Read here for a full report.
Graham Powell came away with four silver medals from the 2018 GB Masters championships in Plymouth. It was a weekend that epitomised the Masters’ spirit of Fitness, Friendship and Fun whilst all of our competitors each came away with at least two Top 5 finishes. Read here for a full report.
Congratulations to all sixteen of our swimmers who competed over the three weekends of the East Region Long Course championships. We won a total of 1 gold, 4 silver and ten bronze medals with many individual PBs. The medals total was more than any other club in Bedfordshire reflecting the breadth of talent and is testament to the time given by all of our coaches. Read here for full report.
Six gold, three silver and two bronze medals where won by our men at the Midland Masters helping them up to 17th place in the GB Masters Team Decathlon. Our Ladies are now in 76th place. Read here for further details
We have qualified for the Winners Gala in Division 2’s Final Round of 2018’s M11 Junior Arena League.
In Round 2 of the M11 League at Basildon our youngsters, aged 9 – 11 years old, finished third with 144.5 points, just 9.5 points ahead of the fourth placed team from Dunmow Atlantis.
The final third round of the League takes place on Sunday 24th June in Enfield where we will be competing against teams from Greenwich, Newham, Barking & Dagenham and Camden Swiss.
After some impressive performances at Newmarket, as of 20th May, our Ladies are in 59th place out of 293 teams in the GB Women’s Team Decathlon competition. (This interim position has been achieved with just 19 out of a potential maximum 40 qualifying races.). Karen Mackenzie (aged 45), Michelle Neal (38), Sonia Bentley (50) and Sharon Thompson (51) are our top four Ladies, so far, but Lorraine Sadler (47) and Gwen Skingley (36) are not far behind with their points totals.
To date our top four for the Men’s Team competition are Alastair Gibb (58) Dave Wright (57), John O’Rourke (49) and Malcolm Barton (62). The Men are in 23rd place, having competed so far in 31 qualifying races. (The results of the EDSC Masters Meet last weekend, where Alastair, John and Malcolm had the “pleasure” of a heat of the 400IM all to themselves have yet to be included.)
The club’s position in both team competitions will undoubtedly change following swims this weekend at the Midland Masters and then the GB Masters down in Plymouth next month.