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Masters National Championships

Seven STAMers swam in this year’s National Masters competition at Ponds Ford, Sheffield on 27/28/29 October – Christina Smith and her sister Catherine (Cat) Freeman, Duncan Beveridge, Neil Culley, Craig Kirkland, Brian McShea and Martin Scott.

It was an extremely stiff competition and several world, european and national records were broken.

Duncan Beveridge took home 2 Bronze medals for his 50m and 100m Breaststroke events.

The STAMers gave everything they had – securing some PB’s and respectable placings. Well done swimmers!

Full results here :

Check out our YouTube videos to see STAMers in action: 


Strokes Ahead Sandringham


Have you always wanted to learn to swim?


Would you like to improve your stroke technique?

Strokes Ahead Sandringham provides an understanding and relaxed environment where patience is our virtue!

WHERE Sandringham School, The Ridgeway, St Albans, Herts. AL4 9NX
WHEN Tuesday evenings
CLASSES 7.30pm – 8.15pm
Beginners: Main instructor and assistant in the water to help support and improve confidence whilst learning basic stroke techniques.
Improvers: Once main strokes are established this class promotes deep water confidence. 30 minutes of widths followed by 15 minutes of lengths.
CLASSES 8.15pm – 9.00pm
Advanced: Advanced stroke technique for the four strokes and stamina training.

Who Dares Swims!!

Strokes Ahead Sandringham – Contact us

Jan Morse 

Tel:                   01727 822238



Valerie Graham-Clare

Tel:                   01727 864563


Strokes Ahead Sandringham – Contact us


Hoodies – sizes S – 36”,  M – 40”,  L – 44”,  XL – 48”,  XXL – 52”

                                             Hoodie without a zip £25



 Hoodie with a zip £28

Hats £6.50


If you would like to purchase a STAM T-Shirt, Hoodie or one of the swimming hats please contact Sarah Jewkes

Prices:   Technical T-shirt £25    Hats £6.50    Hoodie £25    Zip up Hoodie £28   

(prices are subject to change)


Box End Park 10K

Aug 2017

The ‘Mass Start 3’ part of the Galeforce Events mass swim series allowed swimmers the opportunity to take on any of the following distances; 750m/1.5k/3.8k/5k/10k*.

On Saturday 26th August both Craig and Sarah took on the 10K challenge.

Craig had an excellent swim coming first overall with a time of 02:24:37, with Sarah completing her 10K in 02:57:35.

Well done to both swimmers and if you want to see all the results from the day please use the link below:

Box End 10K '17



Social Tri


The 30 people and a dog who took part in this year’s social triathlon, whether it was just part or all, had a great time. The weather was perfect – warm with a nice breeze. The water in the morning at Denham Waterski lake was warmer than the outside air and well worth ditching the wetsuit. Breakfast at Durrans café was demolished with great anticipation by all who swam.

18 cyclists set off at 10:30, through the steam fair at Oaklands Collage, up and over to Wheathampstead, on to Nomansland Common and into Heartwood Forest for a photo call at the “Arc De Heartwood”. We stopped near Sandridge, for many a refreshing drink, for Ben a hot sausage roll and cake. Onwards to Childwickbury, Gorhambury and through Verulam Park, before taking the Alban Way all the way back to Liz and Dave’s. For those interested in figures, we took 3 hours to cover 19 miles, but only on the move for 2 hours 10 minutes at an average speed of 8mph.

Back to Liz and Dave’s for a great lunch spread. As 3pm arrived, post lunch apathy made it hard to get going again, however, we drove ourselves onwards, and the motley crew of hikers set off through tracks and open fields and parks around Smallford that most of us never knew existed. We walked the 7.1 miles in just under 3 hours.

Unlike other triathlons, we did not finish there. There was the small matter of the STAM AGM and evening BBQ. This was the 7th STAM Tri, and as always it was a fun and social day. Thanks to Liz and Dave for hosting and providing an excellent lunch and BBQ and giving up their house for the day – and then clearing up at the end!!

Why not check out a video of our cycle from our Facebook page: STAM Facebook Page and click on videos.


Aylesbury Relay Gala

July 2017 

STAM faced fierce competition at Aylesbury Relay Gala

17 STAMers put up a good fight in a fast and fierce Aylesbury competition. For most of us it was a constant dash to prepare for the next race having just finished one. But adrenalin was pumping and kept us going through to the big finale.

South Beds, Aylesbury and Amersham were very strong and STAM’s battle was for 4th place with Milton Keynes who happened to be in the next lane. Final points were 140 South Beds, 119 Aylesbury, 118 Amersham, 91 St Albans, 78 Milton Keynes.

Well done to everyone who swam and to the officials who kept the competition running fast and smooth.           

  RESULTS         Aylesbury team 2017

Herts Masters Championships


Well done to everyone who swam on Sat 17 June. It was a great evening and we were delighted to have retained the cup. Despite the  temperature reaching nearly 40’ STAM kept their cool and brought home a selection of medals, and the most points. Hemel were second and Hartham third. Thanks to the officials who as usual did a great job.



Herts Senior League


On Sat 22 April at 6:30, 25 STAMers gathered at the pool in Bishops Stortford to take on Ware, Hartham, Bishops Stortford, and a combined team from Hemel, Berkhamstead and Tring under the umbrella name Dacorum. There was very late good news for the 45+, discovering that their races were just one length, and some even later news for the 18+ discovering their relays were 2 lengths, but they took it well in their youthful stride. The races were fast and furious and quickly came one after another, we could have done with our officials slowing it down a little, but we did have a curry to get to! The atmosphere within the team, and encouragement of each other, was as always with STAM teams…. TERRIFIC and FUN! A third way through, Bishops Stortford had galloped into a large lead with Dacorum just ahead of STAM, and although we overtook Dacorum, by the last race we had a feeling that Bishops Stortford had an unassailable lead, so we declared the Mixed 12 x 25m Cannon, as “Winner Takes All” and we won with 1 second to spare (after 3 minutes of racing!). Congratulations to all swimmers, officials and helpers who took part, thank you, and I look forward to our next team gala on the 22nd July, where we go to Aylesbury to take on the might of clubs from the surrounding counties.