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Halstead swim club – 12 hour night swim.


On Friday 15th November a group of swimmers from Halstead Swimming Club set themselves a challenge.  “How far can we swim in 12 hours?” The swim started at 6pm and finished at 6am on the 16th. The aim of the event was to raise funds for the club and for the chosen charity each ..East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.

The event was made possible by the support of Halstead Leisure Centre who kindly donated the facilities and challenged a team of coaches/committee (Roger Duncombe Head Coach, Donna Hall Secretary, Paul Salmon coach/committee member and Danielle Rusdale committee member) to swim as a relay team for the full 12 hours, the reward being £500 sponsorship.  General Manager Jon Richardson said “What a feat of endurance on that Friday. All the swimmers were fantastic and Halstead Leisure Centre was more than happy to support this great cause. The centre provided the facilities and lifeguarding staff free of charge. We look forward to next year’s event...”

The event was a huge success and created a great community spirit. Between all participating members, 35 swimmers and 15 parents/coaches a massive 8004 lengths were swam; all the way to Dover which is 122.3 miles.

 A special thank you goes to staff members Luke Dunmore, Zoe Klimcke, Heather Pittuck and Shaun Bragg who gave up their time to supervise and lifeguard the event.

 The fundraising total at present stands at just over £1600, 25% will be donated to each.   Bradley Till Manager of the Halstead store attended the event and said “The each charity heart warmingly appreciates the clubs hard work and endeavour.  Every pound donated to the each charity goes a long way to help and support children with life threatening illnesses and end of life care. So thank you once again from all at each”.   

Participating Swimmers: 

Girls: Katherine Daynes, Molly Gerrard, Daisy Rusdale, Ruby Rusdale, Lucy Tyson, Rosie Vinter, Ellie Neville, Millie Amerio, Nell Sackett, Olivia Vinter, Sholanda Barker, Bethany Salmon, Esme Scott, Rosie Bird, Chloe Plumb, Rose Barrow, Ellie Walker, Millie Oxley, Isabelle Bettley, Sienna Gray.  

Boys:  Ben Seabrook, Ben Styman Heighton, Bertie Tozer, Kurtis Till, Ben Harrington, Connor Avery, William Gerrard, Theo Park, Sam Johnson, Michael Freeman, Lewis Plumb, Harry Salmon, Frankie Salmon, Jamie Hall and Mark Osteriiter.

Participating Adults: Danielle Rusdale, Donna Hall, Fiona Barker, Sarah Freeman, Natalie Till, Karen Scott, Charlie Duncombe.  Roger Duncombe, Paul Salmon, Mike Longman, Roy Bird, Mark Rusdale, Paul Oxley, Mike Longman and Michael Park.



A group of swimmers travelled to Ipswich to compete against some of the top swimmers in the regions of Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire. The swimmers rose to the challenge and swam in true Halstead form; Head Coach Roger Duncombe was very proud of their performance and level of determination.  Medal places were achieved by Ellie Potter, Molly Gerrard, Isobel Bettley, William Tozer and Jamie Hall.


 A large amount of new pbs were achieved, some gained county times and some improved on their county entry times for 2014.  Ellie Potter set a new club record in the 12U 50m Freestyle.


Attending swimmers : Chloe Plumb, Molly Gerrard, Isobel Bettley, Katherine Daynes, Olivia Vinter, Daisy Catterwell, Eloise Conway, William Tozer, Cooper Baker, Jamie Hall, Lewis Plumb and Daniel Hall.



Halstead swimming club recently held the first of its Season Starter meets at Braintree Swim Centre.  The meet was well attended by clubs as far as West Suffolk and Welwyn Garden City.

For many of the clubs younger swimmers it was their first competitive event, over 70 of the clubs swimmers took part with many gaining medal placing’s.   Within each age group, girls Isobel Bettley and Jodie Root finished first with Sam Ragus finishing third.  For the boys Jamie Hall and James Rulton finished second.


Halstead took the Reg Baines trophy for the best visiting club with 205 points, ahead of First Strokes on 125 and Witham Dolphins on 100.

Halstead scored consistently highly in both the girls' and boys' competion, gaining 104 and 101 points respectively. First Strokes' boys matched them, but their girls fell well short on 24. Chelmsford, Harwich and Witham's girls all scored just under 40 points, but of the trio only Witham's boys made an impact with 62.


Excellent performance from team Halstead. Halstead finished in 3rd place of the consolation final securing a place in division 1 for 2014.

Well done Swimmers!!!

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