Mid Summer Madness

Water Polo

The junior sessions are going from strength to strength and we are regularly getting number in the high 20s. Ages ranging from 7 upwards and it is great to see so many girls. We are working from a pool of 4 coaches and all of us are getting used to the noise!!!

We attended a match at Warrington the other weekend and played both U12 & U14 matches. The U12s did very well against a more experienced and at times physical opposition, and if it were not for us wanting to get all players a good length of time in the water would probably have won the game, as it was we lost the match by one. But that is not really the point, the aim is to develop the young players, give them all water time and ensure that they enjoy playing the sport.

We had 2 extra players for the U14s whereas Warrington had a complete new squad – we battled on bravely, scored a few goals, but the previous four quarters and added experience of the opposition showed. In the end Warrington ran out easy winners, but again our team showed great spirit, fight and attitude and learnt a lot.

Next up this coming Sunday we are hosting a tournament at the pool and this will be first time our fantastic new goals will be used in anger. We were fortunate enough to bid for and win funding from the Making a Difference Locally fund form Nisa foods. This has been administered via Lodeys on Paris Avenue, and we are extremely grateful to Brian and Michelle for the support. We will be getting a piece in the local paper after the tournament, with match reports and to also thank our sponsors.


Open Water

You will have seen the Derwent Water report earlier this month and next weekend we have a contingent heading off to Ullswater. This event is quite possibly our favourite event and all swimmers are this time taking part in the 3.8k. Look out for the event report the following week.


We cannot let two marriages go unnoticed either!!

You may well have noticed that Howard has looked rather stressed and a fair bit poorer this year and that is because Annie got married over the Spring Bank weekend to James. True to form H even managed to get polo and the club into his father of the bride speech – a true club man!!!

Also Harry has managed to slip away quietly in his own style and last weekend married Amy. Again many congratulations from all at the club.


True to form it is Ed who is taking the plaudits and congratulations for his efforts in triathlon. We all know that he works incredibly hard on his training and he is a true example of hard work paying off. In the last month he has won his age group in the Nantwich Sprint and came second in age group in the Gauntlet Half Ironman at Cholmondely Castle this last weekend. I can vouch for his speed as he went past me at the start of his half marathon like I was standing still. Spencer & I also entered this event and if you have not already seen my thesis on this click here to see it….


Third Place had gone home!!!

Margs Fundraising

Good old Marg is at it again and this time she is tackling the Manchester 10k Race for Life on 17th July. This will be her first ever 10k event and she is seeking sponsorship for this and rightfully so! See her at the pool or leave it with the lifeguard if you feel you can support her in this event.

Derwent Open Water

Last Sunday 5th June, saw the first of the open water events of the summer with a 5 strong contingent from the club hitting Costa del Keswick for the Epic Events Derwent water swim.

Family Cartwright were the advanced party heading up on Wednesday and as the weather was so good we had a couple of wild swims in Bassenthwaite and Buttermere. Fantastic, clear, warmish water and a great way to cool down on a hot day. That was until Christina saw a fish, I don’t think I have ever seen her move so fast, apparently it was huge!!!

Race day dawned, bright and warm, I was swimming in the 3.8 kilometre swim that has a 10 am start, so it was an early departure from the caravan to park up and register. Having cut off our arm and leg to pay for the parking it was down to the beach for the start. This is probably the first time I have been in the starting pen without another Parogon member to talk to, apparently cars are more appealing to Andy than me in a wetsuit!!

Derwent is unique amongst the swims as it is the only one where you cannot see the full course from the start, and it is surprising how being able to visualise the course really helps you stay on course and hit each buoy. It is also the longest loop of the events with long reaches between turn points, meaning it is easy to drift offline, one chap I was talking to clicked 4.3k on his Garmin. Initially I was disappointed with my time of 1 hour and 5 minutes, but this was my best ever place, 28th out of 255 starters and 4th in my age group.

Next up it was the girls, Christina, Fiona, Karen & Gemma, all of them were competing in the mile. For those of you who have competed in open water you will know how hard it is to stay alongside someone, now that is what Karen and Gemma achieved, was that motherly instinct??? Fiona was first out of the water in a fantastic time of 29.05 and coming 55th out of 257 starters. Karen and Gemma did a 32 and Christina came in in a 36. All great times and something to be proud of.


Ullswater is in July and the 3.8k for most. There will be a bigger contingent from the club at this event and lets hope for another weekend like the one we just had.