Academy & Development Time Trial

Many thanks to all those who, swam, attended, watched, helped at tonight’s Time Trial. Ultimately it will be judged by the times the swimmers set, but as an event, it was so much more!

Big thanks to:

  • Jonathan Chan who was responsible for running tonight’s event and since 12th Jan when this was first suggested, managed to get it licensed at really short notice and an hour after the Meet finished, has provided me with draft results.
  • The Knight family and Claire Peirce who ran the timing system that needed “some work” on it throughout the night!
  • Julie Hayes who despite not being there, managed to organise everything poolside.

Helpers & Officials – many thanks to all those that helped tonight, it was great to see so many senior swimmers who helped with the marshaling, officiating & announcing on poolside. Julie’s Barmy Army had a a notable replacement in her absence. Officials, many thanks for committing your time freely, without it tonight would not have taken place.

Parents – many thanks for your support, time trials such as this are a massive undertaking for the Club and to get a 90% turnout is really great. The Club cannot survive without parents getting involved in the Club, if anyone would like to know more about helping, please contact Julie Hayes,

Last but not least, the most important people on the night – the swimmers. We had swimmers competing tonight who 2 months ago were coming out of Penguins Swim School, it is amazing what you have achieved in 8 weeks!! The results will will show some huge progress from swimmers across all the groups.

I have spoke to all the coaches on poolside tonight and asked for their feedback and there were some really positive comments and some real highlights.

Because the meet is licensed, some of the formalities involved will delay publication of the results, so please bear with us!

All in all – a great night!

Martin Stringer
Head Coach – Harlow Penguins

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Xmas Training Hours

The following file details the Christmas training schedule:

Xmas Schedule 2017

In summary:

  • Morning sessions are as normal this week, none over the Christmas period and then restart on Wednesday 3rd Jan.
  • Burnt Mill – no sessions this week or over Christmas, first session back after the holidays is Thursday 4th Jan.
  • Leisurezone – as normal this week until Thursday 21st December, sessions restart as normal on Tuesday 2nd January.

Friday 22nd December – Fun Swim

There will be 2 sessions:

  1. 6:15-7:30 – all Academy Squads, Development 1 and 2 and Junior Performance Squad
  2. 7:30-9:00 – Development Squad, Junior Regional, County and Senior Squads.

Special Training Sessions

Over the Christmas period there will be 3 “Special Training Sessions” on Weds (27th), Thurs (28th) and Fri (29th) December. The squads allocated to each session are as follows:

Xmas Schedule 2017 – Special Sessions

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Redbridge County Qualifier Meet

Sometimes as a coach you take decisions that affect your swimmers and you hope that they come through. Over the weekend at Redbridge our swimmers have quite simply smashed it.

From our youngest swimmers such as Michael Mannix in the 9 Y/O 200m backstroke, to our senior swimmers like Megan Cook in the 200m Freestyle, recent times previously set were taken apart.

There were Regional Qualifying times for Phoebe White in the 100m Free, Daniel Monk and Ethan Peirce in the 200m Freestyle, additional County Qualifying times for Evie Jamieson (200m Brst & 50 Free), Ben Stringer (100m Back), Jack Banning confirmed his potential and its great to see a first time County Qualifer for Ethan May in the 50m Breast.

The big improvements to PB’s will move our swimmers up the rankings and improve their chances at Counties, William White epitomized it, 5 secs off 100m Free (1:13.54) and 9 secs off the 100m Fly (1:22.32). Tyler Jackson and Kai Henson both improved times in the 200IM and Jack Banning smashing the qualifying time in the 200m Breaststroke.

There were lots more highlights over the weekend, and these should be celebrated with the swimmers, I will update PB’s etc. in the coming days, if anyone has a new County time, please notify Julie Hayes.

And while talking about Julie Hayes, I’d like to thank her for her tireless efforts in making the switch possible, she had to totally rework the Basildon entry file to summit to the Redbridge organisers to see if they could accommodate us and then rework it again to take into account requests for additional swims or change entries to take account of the different programme order.

Attached are the results from the weekend:

lbrsc dec 2017 results – harlow



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Harlow Penguins Winter Party & Club Awards

Presentation Night

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Essex Mini League Champions 2017

Congratulations to all the swimmers who have competed in the 5 rounds of the Essex Mini League in 2017, this is the first time since 1994 that the Club has won the League and it is an outstanding achievement.

Final positions can be seen using the following link:     Final League Table

There is no doubt that this has been a long journey since claiming 1st place in the gala at Southend in February and following that up with further success at Saffron Walden in March. Our unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt in May when we were only placed 4th in our home gala at Leisurezone. In June we visited Central Park in Hornchurch where the 33.3m pool provided some big challenges and we finished 2nd on the night. Our final gala in July at Braintree saw Penguins dominate and we recorded our highest point score of 188.

This League is important for the Club, it allows us to give our youngest swimmers the chance to compete for the first time and also gives swimmers who may not get individual events in other leagues the chance. Over the course of the league we have used 71 different swimmers and those swimmers have been drawn from all groups across the Club, from the new starters in Academy 2 to the occasional dip from Toni Howard!

On a personal note, selection for this League is a selection nightmare, it can literally take days and does not help when you have an Open Meet the week before and the swimmers you have selected,  PB and take them past the the Time Fault limits!

In 2017 we had 29 Time Faults (9 at Harlow, which may explain 4th place!!) in total but it has to be recognised that all these will have been personal best times.  I may curse a swimmer under my breath as another 5 points goes into the deep end but in some cases swimmers have smashed PB’s which in swimming is all a coach can ask for!!

I’d like to thanks all the Clubs officials for giving up their time and making this possible, Toni Howard for multitasking as a swimmer and coach, Patrick Arnold for leading us to victory in the early rounds and Nicola Arnold for managing the team and also taking 450 relay splits over the course of the 5 galas. This is very much a Club event and success and should be celebrated on that basis.

Martin Stringer
Head Coach – Harlow Penguins

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Club Championships – Live Results!!

Many thanks to Jonathan Chan who has been working behind the scenes to provide us with our first trial of LIVE RESULTS on the night!

Please use the link below!!


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Summer Training Hours

In line with previous years, the Club will run reduced training hours over the summer period, generally we will cut mornings for August, however please note that as an extension of this there will also be a total shutdown over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Full details are as follows:

  • Senior Sunday Morning Session: This will stop from Sunday 23rd July and restart on Sunday September 3rd.
  • Morning Training Sessions: These will stop from Monday 31st July and restart on Monday 4th September.
  • August Bank Holiday Weekend: We are proposing that there will be no Club sessions over the Bank Holiday weekend, this will include all sessions on Friday 25th, Sunday 27th, Monday 28th August.


Martin Stringer
Head Coach – Harlow Penguins

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