#swimmingscominghome July Newsletter

Junior Polo

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.


Abersoch Triathlon

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!!!!

Summer Opening

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.


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……
  • https://www.swimserpentine.co.uk/


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…..
  • https://www.uktriathlon.co.uk/uk-kids/north-west-uk-kids-fun-duathlon


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….

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.

Easter Eggs, Polo & a Suprise

So thorntons-personalised-easter-eggsyou will probably over indulge this weekend on eggs, so what better time to get down to the pool and work off those extra calories.

The open water season is almost upon us and many of us will be taking part in events across the country.

Water Polo – Fixture @ Wellington

The younger team drew 9 – 9. We may well have won it if we hadn’t decided to give them a 4 goal lead before we started to play!

The U15 lost 11 – 2. In fairness, we were always going to be up against it as a number of their players were almost certainly a lot older than 15. It was also the first competitive match for Ed, Morgan and Alyssa, who unlike the rest of the team, didn’t have the advantage of experiencing playing against another team. It can be quite daunting the first time you play against players you don’t know. They acquitted themselves brilliantly.

Also well done to those player who due to lack of numbers had to play 2 full games without a rest. Hopefully we will have a few more substitutes next time.

Although there were a number of excellent performances, I’ve got to give a special mention to Zac. I thought he was outstanding in both games. Especially in the U15 game when he was being bombarded by some extremely hard shots, he managed to save countless efforts and keep the score respectable.

To a certain extent the score lines were irrelevant. The most pleasing thing from our point of view is that we are getting better with every game. We are becoming more competitive and if we continue to improve, the results will follow.

Training as usual this week, we are then having a week off and will resume on 7th April.

The water polo have also secured £1000 worth of sponsorship for new equipment and I will post about that soon.

Lawrence’s Eye

Saturday morning regulars will know Lawrence well, often seen sitting waiting for Debbie to finish her swim. Now what you may not know is that he has been out of the water a while as he has received a cornea transplant in his right eye. The sad part of this is that he has had to wait over 18 months to get a donor, so if you can and feel able sign yourself up to be  donor so that you can help people like Lawrence in the future.


Robinson Crusoe?


No – its Addison who is presently on one of these student travel things – apparently its the thing to do!!!

But he has gone one step further and gone and popped the questions to Rachel on a far flung deserted beach. Just what you want to see sitting at your desk in deepest Uttoxetet!!!

Many, many congratulations to you both from all at the club, and here is to many a happy year together…..


Parogon on Strava

We are now on Strava, the tracking app of choice for cyclists and runners the world over!!

Join our club and see how others are doing, what training, rides, runs they have done.

At the moment there is just me!!!

Search Parogon on strava!


Junior Water Polo

Water Polo, what’s that I hear you cry, don’t the horses drown?

We have heard it all before, but water polo is one of those sports that gets misunderstood, that is until it has been seen and or tried – then opinions change.

We have a rich history here at Parogon, international players, international coaches, 8th best team in the country – all from a little pool in Newcastle.

So when the senior team folded a few years ago, you would have thought, well that is that, but far from it from the ashes has risen the junior set-up. We regularly have 20 children of both sexes, aged 7 up enjoying training, learning a fast, exciting team sport. Matches are being played and the kids are learning about being in a group, working for each other and the importance of teamwork.

More to come as we develop, but do you fancy a go at this? Then give us a shout by using the contact form or via Facebook – come down and give it a go you will be surprised!