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Cheshire Juniors 2018 - Report

The 14th Cheshire County Junior meet took place at Macclesfield Leisure Centre on Sunday 18th November 2018.The Vikings took a team of 20 swimmers and they all performed exceptionally well. A summary of the awards is as follows;

Speeding Tickets
Annabel 100IM & 50 Back
Abigail M 50 Free
Emily 50 Free & 50 Back
Camilla 50 Breast
Charlie 50 Breast & 200 Free
Sophie 50 Back
Oliver C 200 Free

Sophie 100IM, 200 Free, 200 IM
Tom O 100IM, 50 Free, 200 Free
Charlie 100IM, 50 Fly
Sofia 50 Free
Oliver C 50 Free, 50 Back
Zack C 50 Breast & 50 Back
Camilla 50 Fly

Zack C 100IM, 50 Free
Abigail M 50 Breast
Arthur 200 IM
Sofia 200 IM
Sophie 50 Fly

Charlie 50 Free & 50 Back
Emily 200 Free
Camilla 200 Free
Annabel 200 Free & 50 Fly
Thomas N 50 Back
Arthur 200 Free

Quite a haul of medals and speeding tickets. The strength of our performance was further backed up with a PB rate of 76%.
Well done to all those swimmers for whom today’s competition was their first external meet, you all did very well and I hope you enjoyed your experience.
Special congratulations to Charlie and Annabel for achieving new Cheshire County qualifying times in 100 IM and Oliver C who gained his first ever Cheshire qualifying time, in the 200m Free.
Well done to all and thank you to Pat for giving up his time to coach poolside and Alan J and Christine B for officiating on behalf of the Vikings.

See you at the pool,

Phil James
Head Coach

Arena League Round 2 - Vikings finish a close second

An exceptional team of Vikings swimmers went into battle in round 2 of the Arena League early on Saturday evening (10.11.18). The venue was once again Connah's Quay. Our competitors arrived with bigger and stronger teams, making the gala even more competitive than round 1.
Although we had a number of swimmers having to 'swim up' in higher age groups, every single Viking gave it their all and did their utmost to secure another victory.
Unfortunately we fell just short on this occasion finishing second to City of Chester by a 16 point margin. We now go in to round 3 trailing the City of Chester by only 12 points.
I am convinced that we can mount a serious challenge for the Minor Division title if we can get our biggest and strongest team out in the final round.
Therefore, I raise a call to arms for every single Viking to make themselves available for the final round on Saturday 8th December 2018. YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!!
With point score this weekend and Cheshire Juniors next weekend, the door still remains well and truly open to all for selection and the incentive to post fast times is clear.

A Big THANK YOU to the swimmers for representing the club so well last night, your behaviour, attitude and application was First Class. Thank you to the poolside coaches and officials for giving up your valuable time. Finally, Thank you to those parents/family members who also took time out to support the Team, It was great to see there!

Phil James
Vikings Head Coach

New - Foundation and Club Junior Swimmer of the Month

I am delighted to announce that, as from the end of October 2018, the Coaching Team will be introducing two swimmer of the month awards. The winners of the awards will be selected from our Foundation and Club Junior squads based on their individual achievements, successes and/or contributions to club life.

The winners will get to keep the trophy for a whole month before returning it in time for the following months presentation.

To see the grand unveiling of the new Trophies and to keep abreast of the winners please give our revamped Facebook page a follow;

Good luck to all Foundation and Club Junior squad members, remember to train hard, be positive and most of all enjoy your swimming!!

See you at the pool,

Phil James
Vikings Head Coach

The Vikings get off to a winning start at Arena League Round 1

Last night the Vikings took a team of swimmers to Connah’s Quay for the first round of the Arena League. Every single one of the swimmers that took part swam with great skill, determination and with a desire to win. The competition was tough and after being neck and neck with the City of Chester team throughout the gala, the Vikings claimed victory with excellent performances in the final few relay events.
I would like to pay tribute to the swimmers, not only did they achieve a fantastic outcome, but they did so with grace, humility and tremendous sportsmanship. The team spirit was wonderful to see with every swimmer being supported by their team mates.
The coaching team are immensely proud of ALL Vikings swimmers. It’s true to say that we have the absolute pleasure of working with exceptional young people.
I would like to thank the coaching team (Nicola, Phoebe, Ian and Pat) for giving their valuable time and commitment to the cause last night, it was very much a team effort, on what was a very warm and humid poolside. Thank you to Alan Jones for providing his expert officiating on behalf of the Vikings and to Jen Blake for very kindly volunteering to fulfil the Check Recorder role.
So, as it stands the Vikings are currently top of the North West Arena Minor League. The next round will be on Saturday 10th November 2018. I would urge ALL swimmers to keep this date free in their diaries as we look to build on last night’s success. The team for round 2 will be selected following next weekend’s North Mids Championships. I know some swimmers were disappointed at missing out on selection for the first round. Make no mistake, the door is well and truly open and if you train hard and post fast times you will put yourself in consideration for selection.
A final message for parents, these children need and deserve your support at these events. I hope we can see a bigger contingent of parents travelling in support for the next two rounds. I know you already commit a lot of your time but please come and support your athletes, it’s exciting, enthralling and not to be missed!

See you at the pool,

Phil James
Vikings Head Coach

Knutsford Vikings swimmer is the Fastest Girl in the North Mids

Congratulations to Abby Comline who, following a superb 50m freestyle at the North Mids Championships on Saturday 6th October, was crowned the over all ladies 50m freestyle Champion for 2018.

This is a fantastic achievement Abby. We are all very proud of you. Well Done!

Cheshire County Development Day Selection 2018

Congratulations to Darcey Murphy who has been selected for the Cheshire County Development Day in October 2018.
Swimmers are selected based on their performance at the Cheshire County Championships, with only the highest ranked swimmers in the Age Group categories gaining an invite.
Well Done Darcey, an excellent achievement and well deserved.
If anyone else has received an invite or anyone receives an invite to any other swimming event, please be sure to make the club aware so that we can celebrate your achievement.

Phil James
Vikings Head Coach

Tremendous Performances at the Vikings Distance Championships


Vikings held their Club Distance Championships 2018 on Sunday 4th March.

Only two events were on the program, the Girls 800m Freestyle and the Boys 1500m Freestyle and both were represented by members of Junior and Senior Squads and split into two age groups.

All swimmers did absolutely fantastic with some making their distance event debut or some absolutely smashing previous lifetime personal best times.

Thank you to those helpers who made the event possible, well done to all swimmers and congratulations to the overall champions!

The Club Middle Distance and Sprint Championships are later on in the year so look out for information on those later on.

Knutsford Vikings enjoy a very successful 2018 Cheshire County Swimming Championships!

The championships brought together the best swimmers from across the county over several weekends. They were held in Macclesfield and to enter swimmers must have previously met the challenging qualifying times.

Vikings were proud to be represented by 13 swimmers who raced in a total of 67 events. It is absolutely fantastic and a tribute to their hard work that these swimmers achieved 50 lifetime personal bests out of the 67 events they raced! In addition, our swimmers picked up 8 medals placing them in the top three in their age group in the whole of Cheshire! Three swimmers also achieved Northwest Regional Qualifying times!

Well done all swimmers… Knutsford Vikings are proud of you!

Next year we hope to qualify even more swimmers with a review and modification of the training and competition program being implemented.

Vikings launch new facebook page

We communicate with our members via the website and email but we now have an additional method.
Please ‘like’ us to see the latest news, notices and information:

facebook page

Vikings Christmas Fun Event Goes.....Swimmingly

The first Vikings Christmas fun relay gala took place this weekend at Macclesfield. It was a fantastic evening with 60 swimmers taking part divided into 8 teams and utilising all 8 lanes. Each team contained a mix of ages and gender with members of all squads represented. There was lots of cheering, laughing and fun and in addition, so determined were swimmers that they all ended up having quite a considerable work out!

After the gala, the lanes ropes were quickly hauled in and swimmers enjoyed a free swim before promptly getting changed for the party upstairs. Awaiting them was an array of food which each family had contributed and was quickly tucked into by the hungry swimmers followed closely by the adults.

Relay results were announced followed by the 2017 Point Score Winners and all swimmers left with a gift from the Vikings club captains Max & Ellen.

Thank you to all those who came forward to help run the event, including the activities in the pool as well as the food and party.


Vikings Swimmers Take the Challenge at Final Round of Arena League

The final of the Minor Arena League took place on Sat 9 Dec. It was going to be a challenge for us as we had a number of swimmers unavailable, we had no open swimmers and we also had some pulling out due to illness.

Despite the concerns, Vikings swimmers rolled up their sleeves, took on more races than normal, swam up an age group or two and ended up putting in some great individual performances contributing to an EXCELLENT overall result that we should all be proud of.

Thank you to all those who were involved with the team including the team staff, officials, swimmers and you parents for your support!

Vikings swimmers put in a Great Performance!

Vikings swimmers put in a great performance at the 2017 Percy Mason Open Meet!

We achieved many personal best times with some substantial improvements including events which have only recently been raced in competitions such as the North Mids. or even the Cheshire Junior meet.

In addition to all the personal best times, our swimmers took away a haul of medals; 5 Gold, 10 Silver, and 11 Bronze and aside from those, we also earned another 24 medals for swimmers finishing in the top six!

2018 Cheshire County qualifying times were also achieved in a staggering 29 events!

Great job everyone, well done!

Vikings Swimmers Meet a Swimming Legend & Current World Record Holder!

Vikings swimmers seized the opportunity during the weekend of the Percy Mason Open to meet a swimming sensation from British Swimming and a current WORLD RECORD Holder! Now retired, Liam Tancock has competed in World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics.

Liam won three gold medals across the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, in both the 50m and 100m backstroke as well as two bronze in the 2014 Games. At the World Championships he secured gold in the 50m backstroke in 2009 and 2011.

He remains the fastest Man ever on 50m backstroke in a long course pool in a time of 24.04.

You can see the World swimming records on the FINA website:

His PB’s are as follows:
Short course (25m pool)
50 Back = 23.10
100 Bac k = 50.14
200 Back= 1:56.70
Long course (50m pool)
50 Backstroke= 24.04
100 Backstroke = 52.73
200 Backstroke =2:02.77

Club Captains 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Vikings Club Captains for 2016 are Max Allanson and Megan Thomas. Congratulations and good luck in your roles

2016 North West Regional Qualifying Vikings

Congratulations to the following Knutsford Vikings swimmers who have qualifying times for the 2016 North West Regional Championships.

  • Vicky Hewett

  • Beth Simms

  • Alex Baldry

  • George Frost

  • Sam Jones

  • Ben Mitchell

  • Louis Thomas

Good luck

Vikings Learn to Swim Scheme

Thank you for the parents who have already responded to our request for feedback. If you haven't done so already please do send us your views.

We have received very valuable feedback which has reinforced many of the benefits which we believed the club delivered. But we have been made aware of other very positive aspects which are not immediately obvious to us.

The responses to date indicate that:

  • Vikings provides a valuable alternative to the Council/Trust run lessons. There are a number of children who would not be swimming if it were not for the Vikings lesson format.
  • Vikings Learn to Swim Scheme is not just about Learning to Swim. Being a member of the club, wearing the club tee-shirts, being part of the team etc are all very important to the swimmers.
  • the Vikings Scheme provides a natural, seamless and painless progression from lessons into club and onto competitive swimming or simply continuing in the sport. Many parents see that their children would not make the transition from Trust/Council Schemes to the club environment which is why they CHOOSE Vikings. The feeling is that the removal of the club scheme would definitely result in fewer children participating in the sport for fun or/and fitness.
  • The Vikings format provides benefits to the older swimmers who help with the lessons. These benefits extend well beyond the swimming arena.

2015 Winter Regionals Qualifying Vikings

Well done to the following Vikings who have achieved one or more Winter Regional Qualifying times:


  • Lottie Fingleton

  • Victoria Hewett

  • Anna Simms

  • Beth Simms

  • Megan Thomas

  • Alex Baldry

  • Miles Dolman

  • George Frost

  • Samuel Jones

  • Ben Mitchell

If you believe that you have a qualifying time or obtain a qualifying time at the North Midlands please see one of the coaches on poolside and let them know.

Vikings Team Captains 2015

The Vikings Committee welcome the new team captains for 2015,

  • Girls Captain Megan Thomas
  • and
  • Boys Captain Samuel Jones.

Our thanks also to last years Team captains, Beth Simms and Peter Davis for a Stirling years work.

Knutsford Vikings Win Peak and Plains League in 2015

The results of this years Peaks and Plains league are out.

  • Knutsford Vikings 807
  • Sandbach Sharks 748
  • Nantwich Seals 631
  • Trafford Metro 301
  • Altrincham 206 (withdrew after two galas)

Congratulations to all those who took part, this was a fantastic performance all round.

A big thank you to all of our parent and older swimmer helpers too.

The complete results can be found on the Peaks and Plains Website

See you again for next years competition.

Knutsford Vikings Gala report - Peak and Plains Round 2

Knutsford Vikings Gala report - Peak and Plains Round 2 on Saturday 8th March 2014

By guest editor Owain Hart

The second round of the Peak and Plains league was hosted by Nantwich Seals this month with impressive swimming from all six clubs Alsager, Altrincham, Knutsford, Nantwich, Sandbach and Trafford.

The Vikings swimmers put in some strong performances with ten of the team putting in personal best times.

The excellent team spirit came through in the relays, where true grit and determination saw Georgia Ban-Murray taking the girls 12&U medley team off to a flying start with Mollie Sullivan-Jones, Emma Bland and Eve Thomson seeing the team safely home in third place. Ryan Hart touched first in the Backstroke leg of the boys 12&U medley with James Nixon, Joseph Royle and Joseph Kerr completing the team to add to the points.

Lucia Oram and Rose Ratcliffe fought hard in the girls 10&U medley relay being pushed into third by only one hundredth of a second and the same team including Rebecca Nixon and Grace Gildart-Butler were this time edged into second in the 10&U free relay by again one hundredth of a second.

The boys 14&U freestyle relay team of of Miles Dolman, Luke Granger, Andrew Kerr and Miles Hogg kept up their pace to hold off Nantwich.

In the boys 16&U Medley relay Charlie Kindred swam a strong first leg and along with Greg Hutchison, Calum Johnson and Will Thomson the boys added 5 points to the Vikings tally. Our girls 16&U freestyle relay team of Sophie Mitchell, Hannah Cooney, Valerie Marshall and Megan Thomas added a further five points to the total by coming in just behind Trafford to finish second.

In the individuals one of the most exciting races of the gala was the girls 14&U backstroke with the first 4 swimmers finishing within a second of each other and Knutsford's Vicky Hewett taking third place. Ellen Thomas swam confidently in the girls 14&U age group to take first place in both the backstroke and fly. Not to be outdone by the girls, Miles Dolman followed up by finishing first by more than a second in the boys 14&U backstroke. To add to the success Greg Hutchison 'swam out' in the boys 16&U 50m breaststroke in a time of 40.32 secs.

The final race of the gala 'The Canon' is always an exciting event with each club entering a team of eight swimmers, four girls and four boys one from each age group. The youngest swimmers begin the battle which finishes with the oldest boys tearing down the pool to screams of encouragement from all around - and as a result of flawless relay takeovers and pure concentration Vikings took that particular victory!

Finishing fourth overall on the night, the team retains its third place in the league with two more galas to come.

PBs achieved by:
Calum Johnson; Emily Anderson; Miles Dolman; Grace Gildart-Butler; Abi Comline; Luke Granger; Greg Hutchison; Lucia Oram; Luke Daly; James Kerr.

Well done to the whole team!

Parent volunteer needed to measure children's height

You may not have noticed but at the far side of the pool we have a small measuring tape which can be used to measure peoples height.

As part of my Level 3 qualification I would like to institute a regular session whereby, once a month, probably on the 1st Saturday, we measure the height of our swimmers.

As I will be needed to coach the children I am looking for a volunteer, either already CRB'd by the club or willing to be, to take the measurements for me.

This will be key developmental information and will allow us to spot when children reach "Peak Height Velocity" i.e. when they are growing at their fastest rate.

It is at this point when the body first starts producing lactic acid in the muscles when exercising and in the first instance often causes swimmers to slow down for a period of a few weeks to a couple of months while muscles develop to their more adult dimensions.

As coaches we can devise sets around this and also advise the swimmers on how to deal with it and to make them understand that they are not "failing" but should keep up the work rate and the rewards will be felt later.

Any Volunteers out there?



Vikings muster over 70 swimmers to compete in two Concurrent Swimming Competitions

February 8th saw an unpresidented event in the history of Knutsford Vikings. The club competes in the Peak and Plain and Crusader leagues and both leagues had galas on the same day.

This resulted in over 70 swimmers taking part in competitions on this day. Two coaches arrived at the leisure centre and left in opposite directions to deliver the two teams of Vikings to the competitions.

Well done to everyone for being on the correct coach. A bit thankyou to all the parent helpers and coaches who accompanied the children to the galas.

Now all we have to do it a repeat on the 8th March!

Peak and Plain Round 1

Saturday 8th Feb saw Knutsford Vikings travel to Sale to compete in the first of a series of the four 2014 Peak and Plain swimming galas.

Teams from across a broad region including Trafford, Altrincham, Sandbach, Nantwich and Alsager presented some stiff competition for Vikings, whose team was a mix of seasoned swimmers and first time novices.

The gala team captains Sophie Mitchell and Calum Johnson played a key role during the evening, shepherding the younger swimmers and should be commended for their efforts in delivering the strong new team performance. Their individual efforts in the pool provided a first class display of how it should be done!

Our experienced swimmers added to the tally of points, in particular a superb performance by the girls senior relay team of Hannah Cooney, Megan Thomas, Valerie Marshall and Sophie Mitchell saw off all the rivals by winning the girls 16 and under: 200m medley relay in 2mins 28.16s. They went on to repeat this success in the girls 16 and under: 200m freestyle relay.

There were individual wins for Hannah Cooney in the girls 16 and under 50m backstroke, Olivia Granger in the girls 12 and under 50m breaststroke, Megan Thomas in the girls 16 and under 50m fly and for the boys Miles Dolman in the 14 and under 50m backstroke.

With so many swimmers takng part in these events it is vital to have the support of parents to ensure the galas run smoothly. With enthusiasm and competitive spirit running high, parent helpers for the evening Caroline and Clare commented "There was a very friendly atmosphere all evening, it was the most fun we've had at a gala for a long time!"

For many of the team this was their first taste of competitive swimming and to finish third out of the six teams was a very pleasing result. Coaches Nicola Jones and Ian Bland commented " The Peaks and Plains league is a fantastic opportunity for our young swimmers to develop their skills, learning about the tactics and procedures for competing in a friendly arena and it also enables our more experienced swimmers to develop their mentoring and leadership skills. All round we were very impressed by the efforts and enthusiasm of the team and look forward to the next round in March."

Results after the first round stand at:
Altrincham 167
Sandbach 166
Knutsford 150
Alsager 135
Nantwich 113
Trafford 80

Swimmers with Winter Regional s 2013 Qualifying times

Adam Frost
50m 100m 200m Free
50m 100m 200m Breast
50m 100m Fly
50m 100m Back
200m IM

Michael Bland
50m Breast 200m Breast
50m Back

John Crawford (Dual Club)
50m 1500m Free
50m 100m 200m Breast
50m 200m Fly
50m Back

George Frost
50m Fly

Sam Jones
50m Breast
50m Backstroke

Beth Simms
50m 100m Breast
50m Back
50m Fly

Flo Thwaites-Miles
50m Free
50m Fly

Amy Howarth
50m Fly

Rebecca Emeny (Dual Club)
50m Fly

Vikings set out to Sale

A 30 strong team of swimmers were guests of Trafford Metro swimming club in Sale for the final round of the 2013 Peak and Plains gala. Several swimmers made their debut for Knutsford Vikings in this series of galas held across the Northwest.

The team demonstrated determination across all the races with nine of our swimmers achieving personal best times in their events including Phoebe Allanson and Charlie Kindred for the 100IM, Abby Comline in the 25m butterfly, Gemma Petty and Miles Dolman each in the 50m breaststroke, Anna Simms in the 50m butterfly, Max Allanson in the 50m backstroke and Ben Hounsham and Ellen Thomas in the 50m freestyle both winning their individual races in the process.

Helping to accumulate points on the night several of our swimmers won their age group races including George Frost for 50m backstroke, James Petty 50m breaststroke, Olivia Granger 50m freestyle, Becky Moston 50 fly, Lexie McIntosh 50m breaststroke, Louise Thomas 50m butterfly, Megan Thomas 50m butterfly, and Valerie Marshall, Anna Simms, Becky Moston and Megan Thomas held off fast competition to win the girls 200m medley.

Overall the team achieved 13 first place positions over 51 events demonstrating the breadth of ability across all four strokes and medley events.

As Steve Parry, head coach commented "It is encouraging to see Knutsford Vikings perform well with so many new competitive swimmers. The more experienced swimmers kept a watchful eye on our younger members generating an enthusiastic team spirit and strong squad going into next season."

With 238 points, only 11 points behind Trafford Metro, Vikings finished second on the night. Knutsford Vikings ended the series ahead of Alsager, Sandbach and Altrincham finishing just behind Trafford in a very respectable second place in the 2013 Peak and Plains swimming league.

Vikings visit Notingham, but what will the Sheriff have to say

A squad of 9 Viking swimmers travelled out of area to explore the Nottingham Northern Open Meet. This was the first time Knutsford Vikings has competed in this gala but they arrived home with an impressive 26 trophies. They reached the finals of most of the events entered and have a clutch of gold, silver and bronze medals, including:

Bronze medals for

Anna Simms
Girls 12 Yrs 50m Breaststroke
Girls 12 Yrs 50m Backstroke

Amy Howarth Girls 13 Yrs 50m Butterfly

George Frost Boys 14 Yrs 50m Butterfly

Beth Simms
Girls 14 Yrs 100m IM
Girls 14 Yrs 50m Backstroke
Girls 14 Yrs 50m Freestyle

Silver medals for:
Beth Simms Girls 14 Yrs 50m Butterfly
Samuel Jones Boys 14 Yrs 50m Breaststroke

Gold medal for
Beth Simms Girls 14 Yrs 50m Breaststroke

The team was completed with Sophie Howarth and Becky Moston, along with sisters Megan and Ellen Thomas who both earned finalists place trophies.

This meet was very well run and on behalf of our swimmers we thank Nottingham Northern Swimming club for all their hard work in organising the meet.

Victorious Vikings swim to personal victory at the Knutsford Leisure Centre

New club records/increased numbers at Knutsford Vikings Swim Club Championships 2012

The local leisure centre at Knutsford was invaded for the annual, two-day Knutsford Vikings Club Championships, 24th and 25th November 2012. This year saw more competitors than ever before swimming and there was a host of new club records set for 2012.

The swimming gala, the highlight of the swimming year, gives all members a chance to put their hard training into practice. From as young as seven through, each swimmer has a chance to win a medal or trophy. Although the top swimmers compete to become the Club Age Group Champion, the focus for the Club Coaching Team is for individuals to be beating their personal best recorded time. This year there were more children competing in the championship than ever before and several long standing club records were broken.

Age group, winners (Girls and boys)

  • Under 7

    • Katie Welch (girls)
    • Will Simms (boys)

  • 8-9 Age Group

    • Lizzy Abel (girls)
    • James Petty (boys)

  • 10-11 Age Group

    • Georgina Clarke (girls)
    • Ben Mitchell (boys)

  • 12-13 Age Group

    • Beth Simms (girls),
    • Joint winners Max Allanson and Alex Baldry (boys)

  • 14 and Over Age Group

    • Phoebe Allanson (girls)
    • Adam Frost (boys)


All in all, 19 Club Championship records were broken:
Adam Frost 9
Beth Simms 6
James Petty 2
Georgia Mason1
Florence Thwaites-Miles 1

Head coach

Steve Parry said: “This is my second year at the club championships and it’s rewarding to see the improvements that everyone is making. Each swimmer gives a lot of commitment and effort into the event as well as throughout the year. With more personal best recorded times than ever, the team is starting to win more and more medals and topping the championships at regional galas. As a result, we’ve got a regular waiting list for swimmers to join the club! The annual Club Championships are a huge team effort with the local parents pulling together to make it a success for all the young swimmers involved.”

Age groups

The age groups start at seven and under, and then cover 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and finally the over 14s. There is a range of events that club members can take part in, starting from the 25m freestyle for the under 7s, through to races of 25m, 50 m and 100 metre, the latter of which start from the age of 10. One of the most challenging events is the Individual Medley which consists of a 25m lap of each stroke. Each race has entry heats and the top four times from each event go through to the finals.

The awards will be presented in the New Year at the Annual Presentation Night. The winner from each race will be presented with a trophy and every
participant will receive a Championship medal. There are also awards from swimmers reaching a final and an overall age group winner.

By age group, each category had an overall winner and two runners-up (for boys and girls) Winners and runners-up as follows:
7& under Girls

  1. KatieWelch
  2. Evie James
  3. Eva Dobson

7 & Under Boys

  1. Will Simms
  2. Freddie James

8-9 yr Girls

  1. Lizzy Abel
  2. Emma Bland
  3. Grace Hargreaves

8-9 Boys

  1. James Petty
  2. Toby Mitchell
  3. James Kerr

10-11 yr Girls

  1. Georgina Clarke
  2. Lexie McIntosh
  3. Lottie Fingleton

10-11 Boys

  1. Ben Mitchell
  2. Louis Thomas
  3. Daniel Hulme

12-13 Girls

  1. Beth Simms
  2. Amy Louise Howarth
  3. Anna Simms

12-13 Boys

  1. Max Allanson and Alex Baldry

  1. William Thomson
  2. Miles Dolman

14& over Girls

  1. Phoebe Allanson
  2. Megan Thomas
  3. Florence Thwaites-Miles

14& Over Boys

  1. Adam Frost
  2. Michael Bland
  3. George Frost

Swimmers with National and Regional qualification times 2013

The following swimmers from Knutsford Vikings have National or Regional Qualifying times for 2013

National Qualifiers 2013.
Adam Frost
50m Free, 100m Free,

Regional Qualifiers 2013.

Adam Frost
50m Free, 100m Free, 200m Free, 400m Free,
50m Back, 100m Back,
50m Breast,100m Breast,200m Breast,
50m Fly,
200m IM,

Sam Jones
100m Breast,

Beth Simms
100m Back, 200m Back,
100m Breast,
200m IM,

Vikings cross the county boundaries

Knutsford Vikings crossed the county boundaries on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of July, 2012.

A squad of 12 Knutsford Vikings swimmers sailed bravely over to Staffordshire this month to take part in the Biddulph Open Meet. Competing against swimmers from all over Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Cheshire, Manchester and Stockport, the KASC squad brought back 6 medals including :

  • Bronze medals for Valerie Marshall in the

    • Girls 13 Year Olds 200 SC Meter Backstroke

    • Girls 13 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Backstroke

  • Bronze medals for Amy Howarth in the

    • Girls 12 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Butterfly

    • Girls 12 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Freestyle

  • A Gold and a Bronze medal for Samuel Jones in the

    • Boys 13 and under 50m backstroke

    • Boys 13 and under 200m backstroke

The team achieved an impressive log of personal best times, which as coach Steve Parry commented “Sets our Vikings team up as formidable opposition moving into next season.”

Knutsford Vikings Acquire a Sharkeye Camera

Knutsford Vikings have purchased a Sharkeye underwater camera. This was funded by a Cheshire East Council community grant (Activities Category) and bag packing exercise at the local BOOTHS supermarket, thank you to both these sponsors and our swimmers who packed the bags.

The underwater camera provides a valuable insight into a swimmers stroke under the water. It can help coaches and swimmers to analyze the underwater part of the stroke and identify areas for improvement.

The videos will be used for the sole purpose of teaching and coaching within the club. The videos will not be made available to anyone other than swimmer/parent and trained teachers/coaches/officials of the club.

Please update your preferences via the user details section of the website if you so not wish your child to be filmed. These preferences will be readily available to appropriate members of the Knutsford Vikings Swimming Club to ensure your wishes are adhered to. Please note that the default setting assumes that you would like your children to benefit from this facility.

Knutsford Swimmer takes a bronze at the National Junior and Youth Disability Swimming Championships

Congratulations to Peter Davis from Knutsford Vikings who picked up a Bronze medal in the 100 IM at the 2012 National Junior and Youth Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

Peter missed out narrowly on a medal in the 100M Breaststroke.

Well done Peter.

Changes to Saturday lane swimming sessions

Changes to Saturday lane swimming sessions

Some parents of swimmers in the 10:15 Red Hat session will have noticed that the session is to be shortened from 45 minutes to 30 minutes. This document is intended to explain the rationale behind the decision to do this.

KASC is becoming increasingly successful as a competitive swimming club. As a committee it is incumbent on us to review our pool time and to make sure we make the most effective use of it – for all swimmers.

The 15 minutes we have taken from Red Hats at 10:15 will in fact be added to the Black Hat session which starts at 07:30. This will give us a full 2 hour session for our top competitive swimmers. We have also slightly re-jigged the following sessions so that those swimmers who wish to swim for and with KASC, but who don’t want to attend at 07:30 can continue to train and keep fit. Finally, those swimmers who are progressing through the ranks need to have a clear migration path through to the 07:30 session. The following is therefore a brief summary of the Saturday lane sessions and their purpose.

07:30-09:30 2 hours for our most competitive and keen swimmers. Swimmers need to have excellent strength, stamina and technique to swim in this session.

08:30-09:30 1 hour for developing competitive swimmers. More intensively aerobic, rather than technique based coaching, this session is to allow junior competitive swimmers to build their stamina before hitting the full 2 hour session. Swimmers should have high quality technique to move up to this session.

09:30-10:30 1 hour, 2 lanes for those swimmers who still wish to train hard, but not at the highest intensity of the 07:30 session. Session plans will tend to be heavily aerobic with a lot of sprint work for more senior swimmers who have good fitness levels and excellent technique. Swimmers will be able to switch between this session and the 07:30 session if they wish.

09:30-10:30 1 hour, 2 lanes for developing junior swimmers. Some aerobic but a lot of advanced racing technique development, with some remedial technique correction. Preparing swimmers for the 08:30 session.

10:30-11:00 30 minutes for intensive technique development. Previously 45 minutes, it was felt that swimmers benefitted from highly intensive technique management and development, but 45 minutes was too long for the drills and practices used in this session, reducing the impact, causing fatigue and a drop-off in the quality of the training. It should be noted that if parents would prefer their children to have a full 1 hour session (provision is also made for a 45 minute session but that is intended for Blue Hat swimmers) they can elect for their children to swim on a Sunday 15:30-16:30 instead of Saturday Morning. Sunday tends to be more relaxed, but still focuses closely on technique, with a little more stamina work. Swimmers can of course elect to swim in both sessions, but that will then incur the additional session charge.

11:00-onwards – Blue hats & widths.

Hopefully this explains the logic behind the changes that have been made. Parents may feel short-changed because their child’s swimming session has been shortened, however, the improved quality and impact of the 30 minute session will more than make up for the reduction in swimming time.

Adam Frost Achieves a national qualifying time

Adam Frost achieved a national qualifying Time (NQT) at the Zonal swimming meet in Sheffield. Adam finished the 50m freestyle in 50m pool (long course) in a time of 24:64, the NQT is 24:82.

Well done Adam from coaches Steve, Ian & Andy and all of the swimmers and parents at Knutsford Vikings.

The Vikings Gods Were smiling at Percy Mason Memorial Meet 2011

The Viking Gods were Smiling

On Saturday and Sunday 3rd 4th December 2011 the Vikings sent a small raiding party to the Percy Mason gala at Warrington.

The raiding party was lead by girls Captain Phoebe Allanson and what a haul
Phoebe came away with 6 Golds 4 Silver and 1 Bronze and won TOP GIRL.

Other swimmers that performed well were:

  • Phoebe Allanson 6 Golds 4 Silver 1 Bronze and TOP GIRL
  • George Frost 3 Gold 2 Silver 1 Bronze
  • Sam Jones 2 Gold 2 Bronze
  • Edward Allanson 1 Gold 2 Bronze
  • Luke Clarkson 1 Gold 2 Silver
  • Jade Hargreaves 1 Silver 1 Bronze
  • Beth Simms Swam out of her skin with 4 speeding tickets with realy BIG PB's
  • Valerie Marshall had some good PB's especialy 100m free a 4 sec PB WOW

Other young Vikings performed well and had good PB's Alex Baldry Max Allanson and Anna Simms.

The overall haul was 13 GOLDS, 8 SILVER and 7 BRONZE we also had 31 PB's people are saying "I didn't know Knutsford had a swimming club"

Thanks to the GODS ODIN, HNOSS, LOKI, THOR AND ZENIA for their watchful presence on poolside.

Also our boys captain Adam Frost swam in the NW Regionals, he got 4 PB's and 2 Silver medals he is now :09 from a National Qualifying Time. well done

Every one look out at the North Mids the Vikings are coming.


Vikings Club Championships 2011

Well done to everyone who took part in the Vikings Club Championships.

All the swimmers did exceptionally well with 332 Personal best times posted out of the 425 individual swims with several of the club championship records falling in the process.

The age group results are:

7& under Girls

  1. Fiona Huthcinson

  2. Aimee Housnsham

  3. Jessica Baldry

7 & Under Boys

  1. Toby Mitchell

  2. Henry Smith

  3. Cameron McIntosh

8-9 Girls

  1. Emma Bland

  2. Georgia Ban-Murray

  3. Lizzy Able

8-9 Boys

  1. Lawrence Able

  2. Ben Hounsham

  3. Louis Thomas

10-11 Girls

  1. Rebecca Moston

  2. Amy Louise Howarth

  3. Lucy Glasby-Seddon

10-11 Boys

  1. Alexander Baldry

  2. Benjamin Mitchell

  3. Angus Homer

12-13 Girls

  1. Beth Simms

  2. Valerie Marshall

  3. Hannah Cooney

12-13 Boys

  1. George Frost

  2. Samuel Jones

  3. Max Allanson

14& over Girls

  1. Phoebe Allanson

  2. Georgia Mason

  3. Jade Hargreaves

14& Over Boys

  1. Adam Frost

  2. Michael Bland

  3. Edward Allanson

Thanks and congratulations to all who topk part, we look forward to seeing you next year.

Vikings have a successful weekend at Biddulph

Knutsford Vikings sent a small but capable group of swimmers to Biddulph. Well done to all our swimmers

  • Laurence Abel

  • Max Allanson

  • Alex Baldry

  • Miles Dolman

  • Becky Lynes

  • William Thomson

  • George Frost

  • Samuel Jones

  • Phoebe Allanson

Congratulations to:

Laurence Abel who made it to the finals of the 9 yr 50 Fly.

George Frost, made it to the finals of the 13 yr 100 IM, 50 Fly and 50 Free, picking up silver medals in the Fly and Free.

Samuel Jones, Reached the finals in all of the events (Back, Breast, Fly, IM and Freestyle) with Silver medals in 100 IM and 100 Breaststroke, Narrowly missing out on the best boy award, Well done Sam.

Phoebe Allanson, Reached the finals of the 14 yr Girls 100 Breaststroke. and Girls 14 yr 200 IM, Well done Phoebe.

Vikings Strike Gold at Winsford Open Meet 2011

Contratulations to all our swimmers who attended this open meet. They collected:

  • 9 Golds

  • 5 Silver

  • 4 Bronze

With all swimmers putting in personal best performances. The greatest improvement being 26.41 seconds in 100 Breaststoke!

Vikings Appoint Head Coach

Vikings is please to announce the appointement of Head Coach Steve Parry.

Steve will take over from Melanie Baldwin later this year. Mel is leaving to further her education and we wish her all the best.

Steve comes with a wealth of experience and has already coached some sessions alongside Mel.

Please join us in congratulating Steve on his appointment. Don't be afraid of going up and saying hello when you see him - make him feel welcome.

Peak and Plain 2011 Results

Many congratulations to all of the swimmers who have supported KASC in this years Peak and Plain galas.

In a shortened league structure KASC were pitted against 4 other clubs


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We achieved SECOND PLACE which is an absolutely fantastic result!! Well done to all who took part. We look forward to seeing as many as possible at the celebration gala on the 18th June

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