Monday, 24 April 2017

Blog 3248 - Open Meet Entry Reminders

Just a few reminders:
  • City of Derby and DX Long Course - I will be emptying the box at 7pm tonight (Monday 24th April). Please ensure all entries are posted before that time
  • Youth and Senior Midland Championships - the last date for entries to be posted in the box is Friday 5th May
  • Chesterfield Summer Splash - the last date for entries is Friday 5th May
Thank you

Blog 3247: Changes to training Bank Holiday Monday

Please note there will be no training on Monday 1st May due to the Bank Holiday. Saturday and Sunday training will go ahead as normal.

Thank you.

Blog 3246: Lost Property at Rykneld Open Meet

I have been notified that a Long Eaton SC towel has been handed in to lost property at Sharley Park Leisure Centre following the Open Meet on Saturday.  It can be collected from the Leisure Centre rather than through Rykneld Swimming Club.

Thank you.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Blog 3245: Rykneld Open Meet Confirmation of Warm Up Times

Please note the confirmed warm up times for the Open Meet tomorrow are as follows:

Morning - 8.30am warm up 9.30 am start
Afternoon - 12.45pm warm up 1.45pm start

Please e mail any withdrawals to

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Blog 3244: Saturday Am Training

Due to the Rykneld gala there will be no training Saturday AM for Midland, County and JD2. National squads land training will take place as normal.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Blog 3243: Warm Up Details Rykneld Open Meet Saturday 22nd April

The warm up times for this open meet are below:

Session One - Warm Up 8.30 am Start 9.30am
Session Two - Warm Up TBC

For those swimmers that are just attending the afternoon session please check the Rykneld SC website for further updates  and withdrawal information -

The address for the pool is Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross, Derbyshire S45 9LX.

Please note there is limited car parking available at the pool.

No large bags or glass bottles will be allowed on poolside due to restrictions on space.

Thank you

Blog 3242: Open Meet Entry Reminders

Just a reminder of the upcoming closing dates for the following Open Meets:

City of Derby Level 3 Open Meet - closing date is Monday 24th April. As a reminder this is for Midland Squad, County Squad, JD1 and JD2.

DX Long Course Level 3 Open Meet - closing date is Monday 24th April. As a reminder this is for National Squad and Midland Squad.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Blog 3241: Land Training Friday night National Squad

This Friday we are going to be doing a "functional" movement session. This involves a lot of stretching work to try and increase range of motion. A bigger range of motion will mean longer strokes and more distance per stroke. Some of you will of done some of this before however I would like as many as possible to attend. You will need a hard ball, foam roller heavy and light strength bands. This work will help in your pre pool and pre race routines.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Blog 3240: Update on Lost Property Blog 3238

The missing float has now been found, however this means that another swimmer is now missing his float. It is the same make/colour as before but has the name Wood on it and a smiley face. If anyone has picked this one up, please could they return it to its owner!

Thank you

Blog 3239: Chesterfield Summer Splash Open Meet

I am now accepting entries for this end of season Open Meet. It will be held at Matlock Arc Leisure Centre on 15th & 16th July 2017. This meet is aimed at swimmers in Midlands and County Squads only - this is not a target meet for National Squad swimmers. This is a Level 3 Open Meet so will be run on a first come first served basis.
The entry information is below:

Age is at 16th July and the entry fee is £5.00 per event plus the additional £1 per swimmer for the coaches passes.

To ensure we have the best possibility of being accepted for the Open Meet, the last date for entries into the box will be Friday 5th May - I will not be processing any entries received into the post box at West Park after this date. Please make cheques payable to Long Eaton SC, alternatively please e mail for the BACS details. There are no minimum qualifying times, however any entry time must not be faster than the stated qualifying times.  If you do not have a recorded time for an event, please ask your coach for a time and ask them to sign the form.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Blog 3237: Nuneaton and Bedworth Open Meet

Long Eaton were split between two open meets at the weekend, one being the end of cycle meet at Nuneaton and Bedworth. Around a dozen swimmers attended this meet which saw lifetime bests being achieved in most of the events entered. What was even more pleasing was that several swimmers made finals, and stepped up from their qualifying heat swims despite a heavy schedule. 

This is a necessary part of competition. Any high level competition, will require a qualifying swim and then a final swim. The competitors who step up will naturally gain the rewards, those who dont will not. So learn to build that mentality and resilience over time, and the best way to do it is by entering open meets! This was the end of cycle meet and it would of been nice to of seen a few more faces. We are now onto the last cycle of the season, where we have several midland qualifiers and more open meets to come, so lets enter these meets and finish the season off well.

Blog 3238: Lost Property

Could anyone that was training at Loughborough with JD1 on Sunday please check to see if they have picked up an extra float.

It is from Decathlon - is orange on one side and blue on the other and it belongs to Spencer Doherty.

Many thanks

Blog 3236: Diddy League Round One reults

Congratulations to those swimmers involved in the the first round of the diddy league. With so many swimmers missing, it was a question of whether we could still hold our own with such depleted numbers. But those swimmers who stepped in, swam their absolute best and the entire team produced some great swimming and showcased impressive skills during the entire gala. The next round is on May 20th, so please make sure you are available!

City of Derby 278, Long Eaton 206, Matlock 190, Belper Marlins B 135

Blog 3235: Rykneld Open meet Officials Needed

Please see below from Rykneld Swimming Club:

This is a further plea to all attending clubs to see if they can rustle up any officials to help, we still need officials of all levels to be able to run the meet. 

As things stand we are at serious risk of having to cancel the meet, despite many efforts to get us enough people on poolside to scrape through the licencing conditions. 

In addition to providing lunch, we are more than happy to pay mileage to any officials visiting without a swimmer. Even if you have officials who cannot help, we would really appreciate it if they could pass the message on to any other officials they know at other clubs.


Stella Mitchell

Competition Secretary – Rykneld SC

Blog 3234: Nottingham Northern Open Meet - Accpeted Entries

Please find below to the link confirming our accepted entries for the Nottingham Northern Open Meet:

Please check your entries carefully and if there are any errors please contact

Please advise of any withdrawals by email to, or in person to the desk on the day of the Gala by 8:30am for Session 1 or by 1:30pm for Session 2. This will help avoid having empty lanes during the races.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Blog 3233: Junior Coaches

Further to blog 3198, the closing date for applications for Junior Coach is 5pm Friday the 17th April.

Blog 3232: Swimzi Order

I have taken delivery of part of the latest order of Swimzi kit, this being the sweat gear.

This will be available for collection from West Park tomorrow night from 6pm until 7.30pm.

Alternatively email to arrange collection

Blog 3231: Regional Qualifiers

The following swimmers have all achieved the Regional qualifying standard from the home programme here at Long Eaton SC. Well done to all of you.

Isabella Askham
Leanne Atkins
Hannah Cox
Michael Dakin
Mollie Daniels
Samuel Frearson
Helen Gorman
Matt Leach
Thomas Strachan
Steven Barratt

Adam Freundlich
Samuel Parker
James Webster
Finlay Moss
Phoebe Golton
Sky Torrington
Samuel Pearson

Gregory Cox - SB14 TBC

Blog 3230: Swim England Talent Programme

Congratulations to Jemma Dilley, Fred Buckingham and Patrick Hodgson on their selection to the Swim England Talent Programme, Derbyshire Camps.

If you wish to see the criteria for selection click here

Friday, 7 April 2017

Blog 3229 : Training Saturday 8th April

Please note the following message from Alex:

'There will be still a session run for any swimmers who are not at the Nuneaton open meet, who want to complete the 200 IM/Free tests. Session times are as normal, but we will try and get in the water 7.45 to ensure the tests are completed. Parents need to be aware that your children may finish earlier than 9am.'
Thank you