Club Championships 2006

Last Chance Time Trial 2006

11th Masters Open Meet 2006

Development Last Chance Time Trial 2006V- Cancelled 2006

Two Day Open Meet 2006


COMMITTEE 2006/07​


Chairman - Nigel Henbury

Hon. Secretary - Claudia Rides

Hon. Treasurer - Karen Bedford


Tam Blake

Isobel Wooler

Iona McIntosh

Claire Allen (Swimmer Rep)​

Robin Deal



The 9th December saw Sudbury swimming in the final round of the Speedo 2006 league gala at Hemel Hempstead. What a night, 4th place after the first relay's, second at the halfway point, joint second at the start of the final relays finishing 3rd after the last event.


Highlights were the 22 PB's, one club record and a close finish in the final relay. Well done to everyone. Especially the younger swimmers who swam for the first time.

Please put the dates for next years league swims in your diary now, we need a full squad for all rounds next year.


Backstroke, 100m

Cameron Bashir (94)01:23.60

Romy McIntosh (93) - 01:29.20


Freestyle, 50m

Simon Budd (92) - 00:32.64

Romy McIntosh - 00:35.64

Barbara Starkey (95) - 00:35.26

Alice Wooler (92) - 00:33.26


Breaststroke, 100m

Amy Cotton (93) - 01:40.51

Chris Eynon (89) - 01:14.30

Daniel Newman - 01:38.16

Alex Deal (92) - 01:20.82

Lauren Wheeler (91) - 01:40.92


Individual Medley, 200m

Alex Deal (92) - 02:36.11


Butterfly , 100m

Alex Deal (92) - 01:14.73

Kelly Murray (90) - 01:12.86 (CR)

Alex Pickett (89) - 01:33.69

Alice Wooler (92) - 01:30.64


Backstroke, 50m

Romy McIntosh (93) - 00:41.45

Ella Rides (96) - 00:48.80

Harriet Wooler (95) - 00:43.33

James Wotherspoon ( 91) - 00:37.60


Breaststroke , 50m

Ella Rides (96) - 00:50.60


Butterfly, 50m

Barbera Starkey (95) - 00:48.16



Two Sudbury and District Swimming Club members travelled to Nottingham at the weekend to take part in the National Open Water Swimming Championships. The very best of Britain's open water swimmers were there, as well as up-and-coming talent, leading to a spectacular day of quality swimming.

Chris Eynon to swim in the National 5km Championships, which also incorporated the National Grand Prix final, a series of 5km races around the country in lake and sea courses. Chris had swum well during the series, beating many of the British team in the process, and was looking to defend the third place he held in the series.

His confidence was high after a stunning win at Weymouth the week before, where conditions were so bad that many of the competitors were forced to abandon.  The wind had increased slightly at Nottingham before the race and the start was a very physical affair with competitors battling for position. Chris found himself in the pack and looked strong at the end of the first kilometre. 

However, the older and more powerful swimmers used the conditions well and broke away at the halfway point. Some of the competitors were pulled from the water with cold and exhaustion, leaving Chris chasing a group on his own, which is gruelling at this level.

However, he maintained his long powerful strokes to the end, finishing in 11th place but making sure he finished in the right place to secure his third place overall in the Grand Prix series.  Chris was delighted to have finished so high in the series in his first year of competition and, at only 17, was always swimming against older, more experienced international competitors. 
Chris said: "I was really pleased with the third place. I didn't think I would get that high this year. I was a bit disappointed with my swim in the final as I thought I got muscled out of it at the start.

"But I know what I have to work on for next year where I know I can finish higher in the final and the championship." Conditions were tough earlier in the day for Claire Allen, swimming in her first open water race. The water temperature was a respectable 18 degrees, but a stiff wind of five miles per hour blowing against the swimmers meant the two-kilometre race was going to be a tough test.

Claire started well and soon got into a good rhythm with long powerful strokes. At the halfway point she had caught up with some of the male competitors and continued to swim a well-controlled race, to finish in 37min 7sec to take seventh place.
Claire said that she "really enjoyed her first race and will be doing more next year". 

For both swimmers, it was a fitting end to a hard season which has seen gruelling training sessions at Dover and off the coast locally, as well as in the pool.


Newspaper Article - SFP - 30 August 2006 



On the 2nd & 3rd December a small group of Sudbury and District swimmers competed at the Deben Spot prize open meet in Woodbridge.  Saturday saw many PB's and county qualifying times for Chris Eynon, Julia Carroll, Alice Wooler, Harriet Blake, Claire Allen, Ella Rides and Lauren Wheeler.



Alice came first in her age group in the 800m freestyle with a PB and a time of 10:47.58. Julia Carroll also won her age group in the 50m Backstroke with a championship best time of 36.67.

Ella Rides achieved a PB in the 100m IM, swimming a 1:45.52 beating her previous best time by 11 seconds.  Harriet Blake got a PB in her 100m Breaststroke swimming a 1:43.76.  Harriet Wooler beat her PB in the 100m Breaststroke by 2 seconds swimming a 1:45.18. Chris Eynon won his 1500m freestyle with a PB and county qualifying time.

After a challenging journey early Sunday morning the swimmers found the pool less the Marquee, which had blown away in the bad weather overnight. This didn’t stop more great swims from Ella Rides, Zara Mcloone, Claire Allen, Kelly Murray, Lauren Wheeler and Harriet Blake.

Claire started the day with a 15-second PB in her 400m freestyle race. The 50m freestyle saw a 3-second PB for Ella Rides. The 100m Fly race saw Kelly Murray and Claire Allen in the final heat with Kelly winning the event overall, achieving a Championship best time and a county qualifying time along with a 1-second PB. Ella Rides achieved a 6-second PB in the 200m Breaststroke gaining a county time.

Harriet Blake surprised the team beating her entry time by 24.1 seconds.  Generally, a great time was had by all and not even the weather could slow the swimmers down.

Zara Mcloone, Kelly Murray & Claire Allen.



The sunny summer days with the completely dry Kingfisher pool, seemed a distant memory as the Sudbury Storms’ swimmers dived into the competitive season with the first two galas of the National Speedo League London Division.


Sudbury Storms took a team of 28 swimmers ranging in age from 9 to 18 years old to Stevenage for rounds one and two of the National Speedo League. Head Coach – Carl Cooper commented, “considering the disruption to pre-season training at the Kingfisher, we were pleasantly surprised at the number of outstanding swims from the team. Competing at the Speedo League seems to bring the best out of the team, possibly as it is the only National League and is therefore a huge step up in level for many of the team. I was extremely pleased with the way they performed and all of the swimmers should be proud of their early season achievements”.


The 1st round of the Speedo League saw an amazing number of personal bests from both new and seasoned swimmers alike. A total of 14 personal bests were achieved at the opening gala of the season. This was followed by a further 12 PB’s during round two.


Round One

Harriet Blake 11 & under 100m Butterfly 02:09.29
Joshua Bryant-Morgan 11 & under 50m Freestyle 00:45.95
Alex Deal 15 & under 100m Butterfly 01:17.42
Alex Deal 15 & under 100m Breaststroke 01:22.89
Chris Eynon 16 & over 100m Breaststroke 01:14.51
Romy McIntosh 13 & under 100m Backstroke 01:33.95
Romy McIntosh 13 & under 50m Freestyle 00:36.36
Kelly Murray 16 & over 100m Butterfly 01:15.10
Daniel Newman 13 & under 100m Breaststroke 01:39.70
Daniel Newman 13 & under 100m Freestyle 01:23.51
Alex Pickett 16 & over 200m IM 02:46.07
Barbara Starkey 11 & under 50m Breaststroke 00:49.20
Alice Wooler 15 & under 100m Freestyle 01:11.45
James Wotherspoon 15 & under 100m Backstroke 01:20.92

Round Two

Alex Aldhouse 16 & over 100m Backstroke 01:16.48
Alex Deal 15 & under 50m Freestyle 00:29.36
Alex Deal 15 & under 100m Butterfly 01:16.60
Alex Deal 15 & under 100m Breaststroke 01:21.16
John Jiang 11 & under 50m Freestyle 00:36.57
Sam Jones 11 & under 50m Backstroke 00:44.39
Kelly Murray 16 & over 50m Freestyle 00:31.36
Barbara Starkey 11 & under 50m Freestyle 00:36.80
Dylan Tanswell 11 & under 50m Backstroke 00:56.32
Alice Wooler 15 & under 100m Butterfly 01:24.36
Alice Wooler 15 & under 100m Freestyle 01:11.42
James Wotherspoon 15 & under 100m Freestyle 01:11.23


The calm before the storm as the expression goes.



Another gruelling but enjoyable three weekends are over with some huge successes. Well done has to be given to all of the swimmers and coaches. Each year seems to bring more and more surprises.

SDSC Top Swimmer - County Championships 

Medals winners

Female - Rebecca Henbury (Bronze - 50m Backstroke), Daisy Mansi (Bronze - 400m IM), Kelly Murray (Gold - 50m Breaststroke, Gold - 100m Breaststroke, Gold - 200m Breaststroke and Bronze - 50m Butterfly, Top swimmer 15 years Breaststroke)

Male - Chris Eynon (Bronze - 50m Breaststroke)


Female - Kelly Murray (Open 50m Breaststroke - finishing 6th - 0:37.62), (Open 100m Breaststroke - finishing 5th - 1:22.13)

Male - Chris Eynon (Open 50m Breaststroke - finishing 4th - 0:33.35)

Points Winners


Kelly Murray - 42

Rebecca Henbury - 18

Daisy Mansi - 9

Hayley Murray - 5



Alex Deal - 26

Chris Eynon - 26

Cameron Bashir - 22

Ryan Deal - 8

Alex Aldhouse - 3


Stuart McLellan picked up five gold and five silver medals in the Aer Lingus International Masters two-day swimming gala in Dublin. Sharon McLellan picked up a bronze, and just missed out on medals in four other events.

The Sudbury couple competed in two events on the opening day. Stuart collected silver in both the 200metres freestyle and 100m individual medley. Sharon won bronze in the 200m freestyle and came fourth in the 100m individual medley.

On the second day, Stuart had victories in 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke, 100m fly, 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke. Silvers came in the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 50m fly.

Sharon was placed fourth in the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle and came fifth in the 100m freestyle.
Sudbury Masters train at the Kingfisher Pool on Wednesdays at 7pm and new members are always welcome to join them.

Newspaper Article - SFP - 26 October 2006



Sudbury and District Swimming Club hosted their tenth anniversary Masters Open Meet at the Kingfisher Pool.

Entries were received from 21 clubs, slightly down on last year but there were a greater number of swims by the competitors.
All the Sudbury Master swimmers achieved near or personal best times following their winter training under coach Carl Cooper.
Unfortunately, injuries prevented Sharon and Stuart McLennan, and Christine Walker, from taking part. 

Stowmarket Seals was again the top visiting club.

The culmination of the gala was again a "Cannon Relay" where a mixture of swimmers from all clubs formed teams for a 50m freestyle leg. This proved another exciting event for the evening with the winning team headed by Sudbury's Sandra Mansi collecting gold medals.

In the ladies' events Sandra Mansi took three golds (one in the cannon relay) and one bronze; Vicki Buck, two golds; Gemma Bedford two-fourth, one-fifth, and two sixth places; Claire Allen, one gold, one bronze, one-fourth and one-sixth placing.
In the men's, John Fry took seven golds (one in the cannon relay), plus top swimmer in his age group; Terry Mansi, two bronze, and three-fourth places; Brian Allen: one bronze, four fourth and one-sixth place.

John Fry travelled to the Isle of Wight for the annual Open Masters Meet. He took gold medals in the 200m freestyle and the 4x25m individual medley, and a silver in the 100m breaststroke.

Newspaper Article - SFP - 01 March 2006



A record number of swims this year. Hopefully, loads of County Times and fun was had by all, see you next year and good luck at the Counties.

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