14/10/2013 at 12:54

The Sudbury Storms team travelled to Harlow on Saturday for the first round of the National Arena League. Competing against 7 other teams from across London and the Home Counties competition was fierce. Sutton and Cheam triumphed on the night winning the gala outright. The Storms team deplete with illness, injuries and missing a number of swimmers battled with teams from Stevenage and Barnes finally finishing in 8th place.


Olivia Sherred led the way to one of 4 wins on the night in the 15/u 100 Backstroke with a PB of 1.13.11 and was just touched out in 2nd place in the 15/u 100 Freestyle again with a PB of 1.05.83.


Masters swimmer Tom Williams had 2 fine wins for the team in the Open 100 Butterfly and Open 100 Breaststroke. Laurence Chalk was the other Storms winner dominating the 15/u 100 Butterfly.  Senior swimmer, Kelly Murray had a closely fought race in the Open 100 Butterfly finishing in 3rd place with a magnificent PB of 1.11.18.  Georgie Hodgson was in fine form smashing her PB's in both her events – 13/u 100 Butterfly 1.30.35 and 13/u 100 Backstroke 1.21.87.  PB’s also for Nathan Alexander stepping in on the day in 13/u 100 Breaststroke 1.44.93,  Bea Crossley in 13/u 100 Breaststroke 1.41.70 and Sam Clark in 15/u 100 Backstroke with a super time of 1.13.79. Bea also swam a PB of 34.58 for 50 Freestyle on the 1st leg of the 13/u relay. More PB's came from Ryan Alexander on the 1st leg of the Open Medley with 32.91 for 50 Backstroke and Sam Roberts in the 11/u with 38.79 on the 1st leg of the Freestyle relay.  Young Sophie Jones improved her 50 Butterfly PB with a 45.49 in the 11/u event and Caitlin Evans in the 11/u 50 Breaststroke also finished with a PB of 54.01


Other good performances were in the relay teams with the 15/u freestyle team of Alicia Demetriades, Gemma Rides, Olivia Sherred and Mollie Milsom finishing a closely fought race in 2nd place and Open Medley relay team of Fran King, Ella Rides, Kelly Murray and Mollie Milsom just being pipped into 3rd place. Cameron Young in his first ever selection for the team proved to be a worthwhile addition to the team improving his 50 freestyle time by more than 6 secs in the 11/u relay teams.


Storms Sparkle for Olympians


20/09/2013 at 08:32


Over the past few weeks, our Sudbury Masters open water team have been busy again around the country. Stuart; Sharon McLellan swam the Great Scottish swim with their niece Amy over the August bank holiday weekend Stuart swam 2miles in a time of 51.37; Sharon; Amy swam 1 mile in 1.03.33.


Then the following weekend 30th August three Sudbury masters swam the Great London swim 1mile around Millwall Docks with over 2000 swimmers, Stuart McLellan 24.16, Terry Mansi 25.09 & Sharon McLellan 27.08.


Then on the Sunday 1st September the Sudbury Storms enjoy an outing to Blenheim Palace to take part in the British Gas SwimBritain supported by David William, Duncan Goodhew, Rebecca Adlington and many other Olympic stars. The 250m course was swum by a team of 4, which completed circuits in a relay format, to make up 4000m in total.  The format has never been done before in open water swimming, made a very exciting event and atmosphere, with each swimmer giving maximum effort to keep the pace high for team success. In the end, Sudbury Storms finished 13th out of 133 team which was some achievement.


And the last weekend 7th September Stuart McLellan & Terry Mansi travelled to Eindhoven to compete in the European Masters Championships, they both swam the 3K in the canal.  Stuart finished 6th in Europe in a time of 46.00 & Terry finished 13th with a time of 53.00.


On Sunday 8th September Stuart, Sharon & Terry swimming at Fritton Lake for the Big Swim of 5K. Conditions were excellent in the morning, water lovely temperature with no wind.  Their times were Stuart 1.23.00 Terry 1.24.00 & Sharon 1.31.00

East Region Open Water Championships


14/07/2013 at 15:49

The annual event which combines both the East Region and Suffolk County Championships saw a small squad of 6 Sudbury swimmers participate in the event at Whitlingham Country Park on Sunday 14th July. With the benefit of a couple of weeks of glorious weather the water temperature was a comfortable 23c, slightly higher than the air temperature on the day.  Competing with swimmers from across the region (Beds, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Norfolk and Suffolk) together with swimmers countrywide all 6 Sudbury entrants finished the day on a high with medals in each event.


First up was Masters swimmer Terry Mansi in the 3k event finishing in a time of 1:00:06 just narrowly missing

getting under the hour to claim Silver medals in both the County and Regional classification. 14yr old Olivia

Sherred moving up to the 2k event for the 1st time to ensure the team had a swimmer in each event finished

with the Silver medal in the County Championships in a time of 31:52.   In the novice 800m the club had 2

swimmers competing in their first open water race, Masters swimmers Sarah Farley and Ben Boxall.  Sarah

not entirely enjoying the swim but highly delighted to come away with the Silver medals in both the County

and Regional events in a time of 17:24 and not to be outdone Ben came home with the County Silver medal

in a time 18:57.  The next event the 1.5k, saw Nick Robertson compete with a strong swim to finish in a time of

21:43 to win the Country Medal narrowly missing out on the bronze medal in the regional completion finishing

in 4th. 


In the last event of the Championships, the longest of the day, the 5k Christopher Greenhalgh was hoping to

improve upon the time he set last year.  Taking an early lead at the start, by the end of lap 1 he had been

overhauled by the Fox brothers Charlie and Harry from Killerwhales, he steadfastly tracked them throughout

the race first passing Harry but remained some 30 secs behind Charlie at the start of the last lap. Head down his determination was never stronger and with 800m to the finish he had caught up with the Killerwhales swimmer. Swimming side by side for 100m Christopher took the inside line and with a final kick streaked ahead to a commanding win finishing 31secs ahead in a time of 1:06:27 smashing the time he set last year by more than 3mins. Winning Gold medals in both the County and Regional events he was also crowned Suffolk Champion.


As a result of the teams valiant efforts the club finished 3rd in the team competition behind winners Flitwick and 2nd placed Brentwood.

Suffolk County Development Championships


23/06/2013 at 15:42

Sudbury Storms were back in action for another two-day marathon gala this weekend at the Suffolk County ASA Development Championships held at Newmarket Leisure Centre.  22 of the clubs’ swimmers qualified and competed in a variety of events and for many this was the highlight of their swim calendar.


The Storms team came home with 10 Gold, 13 Silver and 10 Bronze medals.  Along with this, there were 59 personal best times and 5 Suffolk County Qualifying times for next year’s Championships.


The younger swimmers in the squad swam amazingly good swims, in all of their events. Knocking more than 20 seconds off their 200m times in some cases, there were some very proud parents cheering up in the gallery.  All credit due to this Junior squad comprising Solo Nichol, Sam Roberts, Katie Chambers, Caitlin Evans and Nicole Grumann who between them achieved 27 of the 59 pb’s.


The County Qualifying times were set by Chris Greenhalgh in the 100m and 200m Butterfly, 50m and 200m Backstroke and the 50m Freestyle.

Newmarket Spring Gala


05/05/2013 at 15:30

A late invitation to the Spring Gala saw a squad of just 12 Storms swimmers travel to Newmarket on 4th May.  Hampered by injuries and with many swimmers away over the Bank Holiday weekend the squad was smaller than usual and with only 4 boys able to compete they all had plenty of events to swim. 


9yr old Katie Chambers started the evening off in fine style winning the 9/u 25m Freestyle in a personal best time of 19.64 secs and later on she also won the 9/u 25m Breaststroke in another personal best time of 27.82 secs.  Her teammate Sophie Murray also 9yrs old ended up with 3 personal bests on the night, 2nd place in the 25m Backstroke in 21.81secs, 1st place in the 25m Butterfly in 22.88 secs and leading off the canon relay with 25m Freestyle in 18.67 secs.  Her brother 10yr old William not to be outdone won the 10/u 50m Butterfly in 47.99 secs, a massive personal best by more than 8.5 secs and a qualifying time for the Development Championships in June. He also won the 10/u 50m Freestyle in a personal best of 37.26 secs. 


13yr old Holly Jacobs competing in the 14/u events had 3 personal best times: 50m Butterfly in 39.56 secs, 50m Backstroke in 43.38 secs and 50m Freestyle in 36.67 secs narrowly missing out in qualifying time for the Development Championships by half a second. 13yr old Harry Moye again competing in the 14/u events swam the 50m Backstroke leg of the medley relay in a personal best time of 37.14 secs and then went on to better this to 36.70 secs in the individual event. Anthony Cole swimming in his first team event for the club like Harry swam the 50m Backstroke leg in the medley relay in a personal best time of 43.36 and again bettered it in the individual event to 42.85 secs.  10yr old Makia Keeble-Bradford swam 2 personal best times in the 1st leg of the relays, 25m Freestyle in 20.02 secs and 25m Backstroke in 24.46 secs. 


10yr old Caitlin Evans achieved 2 Development Championship qualifying times and 2 personal bests in the 10/u events: 50m Butterfly in 55.51 secs and 50m Freestyle in 44.70 secs. 12yr old Molly Roberts swam a personal best time of 38.27 in the 12/u 50m Freestyle and Alfie Lawrence achieved his first Development Championship qualifying time and personal best in the 14/u 50m Freestyle in 34.68 secs and another personal best time in the 50m Breaststroke of 50.28 secs.


The evening finished off with a Parents and Friends 4 x 25m Relay and a big thank you goes to Karen Chambers, Dan Lawrence, Sue Moye and Luke Greenhalgh for donning their costumes and rising to the challenge.

The club is looking forward to their annual Last Chance Time trial meet held over 2 days – 11th and 12th May where the swimmers hope to gain more qualifying times for the forthcoming Development Championships in June.

Well done all at Summer league round 1


01/05/2013 at 14:04

Felixstowe was the venue for the first round of the summer league for our junior swimmers, it was great to see some of our youngsters step up and show what they can do. There were a lot of nervous swimmers, but all did a fantastic job. 10 first places, 7 seconds including a tight fought last relay swim, well done.


Next round is at Sudbury, with some stronger competition. So we will have to be at our best as it won’t be easy. We have some fine tuning to do with 5 disqualifications / did not finish swims, again silly things so let’s practice over the next few weeks.


• No more than 1 fly kick is allowed at the start of a breaststroke at the start of turn; remember the one kick is only allowed after the hands start moving and before the finish the back sweep.

• No more alternating kicks in Breaststroke or Butterfly

• Watch the takeovers on the relays, don’t go too early


Swimmers in the squad were….

Lana Mo, Orion Nichol, Sophie Murray, Solo Nichol, Florence Felton, William Murray, Maria Grumann, Scott

Bird, Nicole Grumann, Abby Moye, Georgie Hodgson, Nathan Alexander, Harry Moye, Edith Wilde, Bea Crossley.



Girls – 94, Boys – 75 – Finished 3rd on the night


Suffolk County Champs – Weekend 2 & 3


12/04/2013 at 10:40

Sorry for the delay getting back to you with more updates from the County’s.


Let’s start with the points, whenever you swim for the club you have a chance to win points for the club, these are used to rank the final team positions. It’s always difficult to balance the swims you have qualified for, the swims you should do to get maximum points for you in the individual events and the points the club can get for your swims. My focus is always on returning maximum points for individual swimmers, so I don’t take too much notice of the final team points, but they are sometimes interesting. I will leave you to decide if there is anything significant.


1 Team Ipswich Swimming 2,248.5

2 West Suffolk Swimming Club 1,856.5

3 St Felix School 962.0

4 Deben Swimming Club 916.5

5 Stowmarket Swimming Club 621.0

6 Lowestoft & Oulton Broad 408.5

7 Leiston & District 205.0

8 Sudbury & District SC 197.0

9 Beccles Town Swimming Club 154.5

10 Newmarket & District Swimming 143.0

11 Mildenhall and District 70.0

12 Felixstowe Swimming Club 32.5

13 Hadleigh 13.0



There are too many great swims to single anyone out, I know if I try I will miss someone out so I will leave you some of the pictures to judge how well things went and whether they enjoyed themselves.


Day 2 Suffolk County Championships


12/03/2013 at 08:49

First weekend at the County’s 11th March 2013


The first weekend at the County’s, back in familiar surroundings, be a with a change of colour and more comfortable seats. As noisy as ever, but with some great swimming.


Highlights of the day have to start with our finalists….

•        Lana Mo 100m Breast (1st) & 50m FC (6th)

•        Georgie Hodgson 50m Fly (3rd)

•        Ella Rides 100m Breast (4th)

•        Laurence Chalk 50m Back (6th)


This has to then be followed closely with just a few of the outstanding times of the day.


Entry Improved….

•        Sophie Murray – 200m FC – 3:25.09 – 4.89%

•        Olivia Sherred – 50m FC – 30.92 – 4.27%

•        Olivia Sherred – 200m BK – 2:40.51 – 3.95%

•        Nick Robertson – 100m FC – 56.80 – 2.51%

•        Lana Mo – 50m FC – 28.92 – 1.73%


Now some of the individuals are out of the way, we will give some thought to the relay selections, please make sure you make yourself available for the last weekend of the County’s as we need to be putting out our strongest teams. Date for the diary 24th March 1:30pm warm up. We will send out and post on the notice board selections this week.


We had loads of comments from the other teams on how smart the kit looked. Roll on next weekend.

Winter League Final at Leiston


02/03/2013 at 18:07

The final round of the Winter league took place at Leiston, which driving up seemed miles away. Coming home was shorter after such good swims,15 PB’s from…


  • Lana Mo – 100IM 1:11.95

  • Sam Ponty – Backstroke 41.13

  • Olivia Sherred – Breaststroke 43.29

  • Harry Harman – Breaststroke 41.37

  • Laurence Chalk – Front crawl 26.81

  • Lana Mo – Butterfly 32.96

  • Orion Nichol – Butterfly 34.57

  • Olivia Sherred – Front crawl 31.74

  • Orion Nichol – Front crawl 31.80

  • Harry Moye – Front crawl 30.52

  • John Jiang – Backstroke 31.14

  • Abby Moye – Butterfly 52.47

  • Orion Nichol – Backstroke 36.01

  • Olivia Sherred – Backstroke 36.07

  • Sam Clarke – Breaststroke 40.10


Well done to everyone who made the team in all three rounds. As you can see in the photo we came second.

Valentines Masters Meet


16/02/2013 at 08:41

Another home Masters gala completed, great fun, some really focused swimmers, although a few were nervous at their first gala. But some great swimming, well done to you all. Loads of pb’s and not only from the newbie’s. John went under 26s for the first time in a 25m pool, both Sarah’s showed us that hard work always pays off; Suzanne demonstrated that at 1:10 100m FC is going to come. Aaron had a bit of a hick up at the start but following that finished with some huge pb’s. 3-second pb for Gordon in the 200m FC, still awaiting the champagne though (private joke). John was on fire again with some huge improvements; Tom’s Breast and Fly swims were outstanding, fastest times for quite some time.


Stuart is improving in leaps and bounds, closing the gap on the competition, with some huge pb’s. Ben at his first meet produced a fantastic swim to get second place. Nick despite working hard at land training is showing us that the County’s should be an interesting meet. Ella and Redgi were battling all day, great swims girls, it was fun to watch. Finally Ryan, despite being not well again produced times that he should be proud of, watch this space for him in the future.




50m Butterfly



Ella Rides 33.17 1st

Redgi Keeble-Bradford 33.57 2nd

Tom Williams 28.38 3rd

John Jiang 29.11 3rd


50m Backstroke


Redgi Keeble-Bradford 35.79 2nd


50m Front crawl


Sarah Farley 36.50 1st

Suzanne Frost 36.29 2nd

Ella Rides 30.69 2nd

Aaron Noble 34.33 2nd

John Jiang 25.77 2nd


50m Breaststroke

Sarah Clarke 46.60 1st

Sarah Farley 47.30 1st

Suzanne Frost 46.80 2nd

Ella Rides 36.73 1st

John Jiang 38.08 3rd

Aaron Noble 42.70 2nd

Tom Williams 31.47 2nd

100m Front crawl


Redgi Keeble-Bradford 1:06.14 2nd

Ella Rides 1:06.71 3rd

Stuart Beale-Collins 1:11.88 3rd

Ben Boxall 1:23.23 2nd

Gordon Coutts 1:08.23 1st

John Jiang 0:57.14 2nd

100m Butterfly

Tom Williams 1:01.56 1st

John Jiang 1:12.40 2nd

100m Breaststroke

Tom Williams 1:07.88 1st

Nick Robertson 1:23.53 2nd

100m IM

Sarah Clarke 1:38,35 1st

John Jiang 1:06.94 2nd


200m Front Crawl


Nick Robertson 2:14.22 1st

Gordon Coutts 2:33.59 2nd

Bishops Stortford Long Course Meet

03/02/2013 at 08:41

The first Long Course meet of the year and some great swims again, well done to all. For those new to swimming, a long course meet refers to a competition in a 50m pool, rather than our 25m pool. It sounds easier, less turns, but, be assured when you see one for the first time, it doesn’t look twice the length and they take some time to get used to. So any personal best time is a great achievement. This weekend produced 7 pb’s and 4 Regional qualifying times.

The highlight for me on the day was seeing our younger swimmers faces when they saw the pool for the first time, followed by some great swims from them, culminating in John Jiang breaking the magic 26 second time for the first time. Another trophy I have got to buy for next year’s award night.

Well done to all the Regional qualifiers – Nick, Lana, Laurence and John. The weekend of the 16th Feb sees Alicia, Lana and Olivia kicking off this year’s County swims with the distance taking place in Norwich, good luck. The following afternoon the 17th will be our master’s home gala, really looking forward to this, we have several new masters swimming for the first time, I know you are all getting nervous, but it will be ok on the night.


You have worked hard; made some significant improvements, so I am sure you will surprise yourselves. Early nights all week I think.