A few weeks ago now the juniors traveled to Warrington for a match. I was unable to attend due to a date with the Sterophonics so I will leave Mark to sum up:
We played really well as a team and it was good to see that some of our coaching on a Thursday night was paying off. We lost 6 – 5 in the end to a controversial goal when it looked like the ball hadn’t crossed the line. Unfortunately VAR wasn’t available. In fairness it was a really competitive game and it could have gone either way.
We then played another game short game afterward and we drew 4 – 4
All the kids came out of the game having really enjoyed it and are looking forward to the return fixture at home.
The club was represented by 4 club members, although only one was wearing club colours. Ben Cartwright was incognito is his black and red number (correct colours) and Neil and Dave donned the pink of the Nightriders – (note to self, kit order over the winter)!!
Neil was first off in the Olympic distance and the sea state soon became evident as it was very difficult to see the swimmers between the swell. The distances for the swim were shall we say loose and no one is really sure how far we swam.
Next off it was the sprint boys, Ian, Dave & Ben. We all got pushed to the right on the swim out to the first turn, got lost between buoys across the back and then surfed back in! In the general classification it was, Ben 2nd, Dave 3rd and Ian 5th – so 3 out of the top 5 were Parogon swimmers!! Just think if our technique was good!!!
So onto the bike, a tough course with a long drag from the start, long climb to the summit of Mynytho and then down and flat to the finish. Ian passed Dave before the turn to the long climb and then the drama started, a house was on fire!! Ian and Ben were amongst the last through before the road closed, leaving Dave to say he is the only one who did the correct distance, including the diversion – or you could say that he should have been quicker to get through! At the end of the bike leg the order was Ian, Ben, Dave.
Onto the run, soft sand, jumping breakwaters, hot sun, steep rocky climb and back along the beach – a tough 5km! Ben put in a shift to pass Ian (all I will say is I can remember him being born!) in the last 500m to come 11th overall, 30 seconds back and 14th was Ian and Dave did fantastically well in his first event to be in the top third overall.
Neil was taking it easy, due to having a full Ironman this weekend just gone yet still came in in a very good time, despite Natalie moaning (sorry, encouraging, commenting, observing) that he was taking too long – sorry Nat!!!!
We are aiming to stay open all summer and if there is anytime that we are struggling for a lifeguard we will advise, but as it stands all systems go!
Junior Water Polo will have its last session on Thursday 19th July and will reconvene on Thursday 6th September. Swimming lessons will follow the same pattern with the last session being Sunday 22nd July and the first one back being Sunday 2nd September.
Events for the Diary
A few events for the dairy:
Sunday 16th September: Shropshire Triathlon.
- We already have a few members signed up and committed to either the sprint or Olympic. I have one expression of interest for a ladies relay team from a swimmer, so just need bike and run – any takers?
Saturday 21st September: Serpentine Swim, Hyde Park
- The club will be well represented by a large contingent of swimmers heading down from Stoke station to the Big Smoke for the day. We have swimmers in the one and two mile events. So this year not only did Parogon take over Whitchurch we are also taking over London!!!
- There are still places available for this event, so if you fancy……
Saturday 29th September: Kids Duathlon Nantwich
- Run, bike, run – a nice event to get the kids moving!! Set in Barony Park in Nantwich with distances determined by the age of the child.
- We have 4 kids defiantly doing it with a number expressing interest – do we need T-Shirts for them to race in? Let me know and I can get some sorted…..
Just putting this one out there again, 24 hour swim? Would this be of interest? Not going to pursue it if I do not get interest, but if I do I will……..I would need helpers for a number of jobs and this would take considerable planning to do it well, so if you are interested please let me know and we can gauge interest.
Have a great summer all….