Need advice on planning your training year, setting targets and how schedules are structured to help you achieve your aims then take a look at our training page. Details of future swim meets and results go to events or results.
Coach's Letter sets out the training plan to the end of this year.
2015 Results page updated with links to BLDSA Postal Swim; Isle of Wight; SE Long Course, Crawley; Bracknell; Surrey Masters; Erith; Barnet Copthall Distance; Rushmoor Royals Long Course
Success at the World Deaf Swimming Championships -Tom wins his first
international bronze medal on Tuesday in 4x100m freestyle mixed relay with a new British Record.
Jane, Penny, Christine & Susanna win medals in the BLDSA Hour Postal Swim - Golds for Penny and Jane, Bronze for Christine in individual events - relay team Penny, Jane and Susanna silver medallists.
Guernsey Swim Meet, March 20-22 A successful weekend in Guernsey for the club. The Women's 280-319, 200m Freestyle Relay Team took the British and European Record in a time of 2.34.75, beating the previous record by nearly 3 secs. The team comprised, Penny, Elizabeth, Jane and Anna.Not only that - Anna won the Top Lady Award, and the team won the Top Visiting Club Award.
Club Awards 2014
All Round Improver - Roger Pratt
Open Water - Christine Goodair
Wim Van Beukelen Breaststroke - John Bingham
Willi Van Reisel Backstroke - Lauren Snyman
Butterfly - Nicky Bindler
Front Crawl - Karen Fenner
Five (Cormorants) go Swimming in the Thames - On Sunday 6th September five Cormorants had a wonderful afternoon swimming a mile or so down the Thames between Streatly and Pangbourne. The river up there seems clean and the water was a bracing 16-17C so wet suits were in order. We were there at the kind invitation of Karen Fenner's parents Terry and Sue, who escorted us down the river, ferried us back up again, and provided hot showers and a delicious tea. The "cherry on the cake" was seeing a Kingfisher dart along the river just as we set off.
Swimming in the Lakes
Cormorant swimmer, Christine Goodair, not known for her keenness for open water swimming, joined 14 other swimmers to do The Great Lake District Swim Challenge East swimming in eight lakes in just over 2 days, run by Head to the Hills based in Ambleside. What did it involve, early starts, cool water, stunning views and above all fun. The lakes swum were Windermere (twice), Coniston Water (the most scenic), Esthwaite Water, Elter Water, Rydal Water, Grasmere, Brothers Water, and Ullswater. The distances varied as did the temperatures; the longest swim was about a mile and the shortest ½ a mile, and temperatures ranged from 14 -19 degrees. We were fortunate with weather dry and sunny, raining only after we had completed the final swim. Highlights included hot chocolate and cake following swims, being serenaded in to the water by one of the swimmers who had brought her trombone, and being able to swim in such stunning scenery. It is not a swim for those who just want to put their heads down and go – it is for those who want to swim in beautiful scenery and enjoy the experience.
Coaching from an Olympian on an idyllic Greek Island: Cormorant Susanna Riviere and her husband Michael spent a week on the Island of Mathraki off the coast of Corfu on a Swimquest holiday with coaching from Cassie Patten (Bronze medallist for the 10k event at the Beijing Olympics)
Cassie was a great coach and it felt like quite an honour to be coached by such an impressive swimmer including some underwater video sessions. Two particular tips which she gave us were first that she is very much against thumb first entry to the water as she believes that that is what led to her shoulder impingement injury which forced her retirement from competition at an early age.
Secondly for sighting in open water (something a lot of us struggle with) she recommends lifting your head as your arm goes into the water on the side you prefer breathing on, looking forwards to sight and then turning your head sideways to breathe before putting your head back in the water.
Cassie and her bronze medal with Michael & Susanna