Well Done Ed!

As you will all know Ed Cross loves his Traithlon, but he has just been given some great news from Ironman, I will leave it to his words to describe all…..

“Funny how things change, when I raced in the half Ironman in Turkey back at the end of October I came away feeling disappointed, I swam well, rode ok, then had a disappointing run, I had hoped to run 1:35 for the 21km, but my legs refused to keep up at about 13/14km, and I had to grind out the last 7 or 8 km with very gritted teeth. Finishing the run in 1:45. I was also disappointed as I had felt I could get into the mix, but the competition from across Europe and wider afield was very strong. I spoke to Harry and he gave me great advice, and in essence asked me how I would respond; this boiled down to rise to the challenge and learn from the experience. I did learn from it, and realised that by working hard and showing more grit I can improve.

Ed Iron

Anyway I got an email from Ironman yesterday telling me that I was bronze in their all world athlete ranking for my age group (top 10%), this is calculated by taking your best three results. I only did two races and secured 5515 points, putting me 24th in the UK from 460 Brits and 427th in the World from 8362 athletes. This placed me inside the top 5.1% – and just 6 or 7 places off silver. I am really chuffed by this, all the more so as I do not come from an athletics background, having played mainly racket or team sports in the past. It really shows what you can achieve through training and commitment, and I am really surprised, as well as proud of where I have got to.”

Well done Ed from all at Parogon.

Happy New Year

So we have hit 2016 and we all hope you have had a great Christmas and New Year.

In the build up to the festive break we held the annual curry night, a few drinks a curry and great company. 20 members enjoyed what they though was a free night, but one DC got the sums wrong. (He blames the beer!!). It was good to see a mix of members enjoying a good night out.


After the break the first event of 2016 took place with the annual Old Boys Water Polo match, played for the SamRossDavies trophy, in memory of two late members Sam Ross and Ross Davies.

What a great event this was with just under 40 people from the age of 6 upwards taking to the water over. Three junior teams battled it out ably coached by  Steve, Ian and Mark before the old lags took to the water.

A keenly fought game saw the blues, captained by Ian, going into the last quarter one goal up and Ian was heard to utter the words, this is ours to loose!!! And they did!!! A fantastic game that we all enjoyed – but would you be tempted back??

So the year has got off to a great start and is testament to the strength of the club that events like this are so well attended by all.


Also don’t forget that subs are now due!!!

Who are we?

When the Newcastle under Lyme School pool opened in 1938 an evening swimming club was formed and the Parogon Swimming Club was born. The unique name, and spelling, is a direct result of the original aims of the club to provide swimming for parents of pupils at the school.

PARents of the Orme Girls and Old Newcastillians – PAROGON

To this day the club continues, yes we have had to widen our intake from just parents of pupils, but the club is still strongly linked with the school with our constitutional aim being to help support its charitable status.

So when you were at school you will have heard about this mysterious club, so what was it and what is it today? Well over the years we have been a very successful water polo team, with county and international representation at both playing and coaching level. We have very successfully competed in the National League, at our prime being the 8th best team in the country – with a core of then pupils and ex pupils making up that team.

Back in the 1980’s and early 90’s we competed successfully in the local swimming galas under the stewardship of the 2 Daves’. One, some of you will remember as a caretaker at the school and an integral part of the CCF, Dave Sawyer.

This school club relationship goes back many years with Dennis Booth, swimming teacher, acting as the liaison between school and club in the 50’s and 60’s and being an ever-present on the poolside. His mantel was taken up by Jes Kirkham, who was actually the boiler man and in recent years Bill Bardsley, Mr Leach both ex teachers, would often be seen swimming in the pool. More recently Bes Griffiths had the unenviable task of putting the club lifeguards through their paces, and Phil Butler has been a strong supporter of the club during his tenure as the school swimming teacher.

At our peak in the 70s we had over 900 members, but as competition has increased from health clubs and other recreational activities our membership has dropped considerably from those heady days!

What we now offer is a unique, an affordable club that will allow you to:

  • Train to get fit, no pressure, no galas, just all ages swimming with a coach
  • Open water swim at various locations across the country
  • Play junior water polo
  • Swim at your own pace for as long as you like in one of our general open sessions
  • Have your child learn to swim in our beginners and improvers swimming lessons