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Sarah after her amazing run on Sunday 26 April

Marathon and Olympics in one weekend

Huge congratulations to Sarah Stephens for completing the London Marathon, in her words “a personal miracle for me to run and finish it without stopping!” She enjoyed every part of it - the incredible London buildings, thousands of charity runners in amazing costumes, and running with the 38,000 mass. “I totally recommend it to everyone” she told us.

10 STAMers cycled the 12.5 miles from Lee Valley Water park to the Olympic pool. After an hours swim with a couple of extra STAMers, and a quick look at the Velodrome, they cycled back - stopping half-way for an all day breakfast/lunch. Craig K hadn’t had enough and cycled the 29 miles home.

Apr 2015

Panoramic view of the Olympic pool. (Stephen)

STAM bikers before setting off. Liz, Paul, Mark, Stephane, Frances, Craig K, Sarah, Craig M, Brian took the photo and David caught us up later.

Saturday 25 April

STAM Social Tri - Sat 13 June

Despite a distinctly wet and misty morning, 13 STAMers made it to Stanborough Lake for a 7am swim. Once changed they sped off to Erol’s in Hatfield who, undaunted by the sudden influx, served breakfast in the blink of an eye. The next challenge was a rain propelled 18 mile cycle  from Blackmore End to Datchworth Green, with a stop for tea, coffee and cakes. Feeling both refreshed and a little sluggish at the same time - 16 STAMers cycled 9 miles back to base at Blackmre End, where -you guessed it - we had a large buffet lunch! The 7.5 mile walk after lunch was fast and muddy in places. Willow, Jackie and Paul’s springer spaniel must have run about 30 miles but she kept 19 of us amused, closely followed by Annette’s white trainers. The evening was rounded off back at Blackmore End by a superb BBQ and a selection of desserts fit for any triathlete. The 26 people at the BBQ gradually drifted away as the circle round the fire pit grew smaller and tighter and significantly smokier. A big thank you to Lisa and Neil for hosting the day, and to Sarah and Craig for organising it.

June 2015

Herts Masters - Sat 20 Jun

Congratulations to STAM’s female swimmers for coming first out of all 11 teams. Thanks to this great result STAM came a respectable overall 3rd with 269 points, Hemel Hempstead were 2nd with 311 points, and a great result by winners Hartham Masters who had 323 points. Well done to everyone who swam.
Full results

June 2015

ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships

Eight swimmers from STAM competed successfully in the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on 23-25th October. Silver medals went to Susannah Davis, Laura Coombes, Craig Kirkland and Steve Ong in the Mixed 4x100m freestyle relay (age group 160+). Bronze medal winners in the men’s 4x50m medley relay were Duncan Beveridge, Mark Beveridge, Neil Culley and Craig Kirkland (age group 200+). Duncan also won Bronze in the individual 50m Breaststroke. Other members of the team entered individual, and further team events - just missing out by a couple of places on more medals.
Full results

October 2015

Left to right - Duncan Beveridge, Craig Kirkland, Laura Coombes, Susannah Davis, Brian McShea, Neil Culley and Steve Ong

STAM Sprint to the Euros

A squad of 16 STAM swimmers - Janet Gardiner, Lisa Randall, Belinda McGinley, Sian Brice, Jenna Harrington, Sonia Wall, Susannah Davies, Sarah Jewkes, Neil Culley, Brian McShea, Duncan and Mark Beveridge, Steve Ong, Craig Kirkland, Luke Wattling and Ben Roberts competed at the LEN 2016 European Masters Championships which started Wednesday 25 May and finished on Sunday 29 May., following the Elite Championships.

A total of 10,000 competitors took part in this massive event - almost double the amount previously. Consequently time was tight and you had to be alert not to miss your event. Many events had over 100 heats so medals were hard to win but overall GB performed well bringing home Golds and breaking records in many events. STAM swimmers performed well winning places in the European top 10, and GB top 3.

Full results

May 2016

STAM Social Tri 2016 - Sat 4 June

The weather was good - no sign of the thunder storms forecast earlier in the week. Denham lake took some of us by surprise, it was a good deal cooler than on the Monday.  Paul D was still shaking after getting dressed and a coffee! Breakfast was the usual hearty affair, then back to Mark and Lesley’s to get the bikes.

A really nice 30k ride along the canal and lanes around Croxley Green and Rickmansworth. One puncture - Marks brand new bike! A very welcome stop at the Green Dragon pub in Flaunden then back to the house for lunch before setting off for a 10k walk. Some people did all 3 activities, some dipped in and out. Craig shaved his already brief AGM down to a record 3 minutes before the BBQ was demolished. Dave and Liz have volunteered their place for next year.

Left to right in the mixed 4x50 Free  Brian McShea, Sarah Jewkes, Susannah Davis, Craig Kirkland

Left to right in the 4x50 Medley  Susannah Davis, Belinda McGinley, Lisa Randall, Sonia Wall

End of the last day’s swimming,

STAM regain Herts Masters Championship

After an amazing evening of competitive swimming STAM regained the title of Herts ASA Masters County Champions - taking home a haul of gold medals. Club Chairman Craig Kirkland said "19 of us arrived at the pool facing 11 teams, the biggest being Hemel with 24 swimmers and Hartham with 20. Both teams had more individual, and a lot more relay entries than STAM, it was going to be tough, but we were STAM! We had a fantastic attitude, spirit and atmosphere within our team and we shot through the water. The races came fast and furious but everyone was euphoric from great swims. It is a long time since I have had such fun relating stories of our swims and encouraging each other along".

Coach Josie Hoare was there supporting every STAM swimmer - you could hear her voice above all the others and it really spurred us on. Our thanks also go to the organisers, officials and helpers who give up their time to make these events possible and enjoyable.
Team results     Individual results

September 2016 

Craig tops the Dart 10K

Over 1300 swimmers swam the Dart 10k on Saturday and Sunday 3/4 September, STAM Chairman - Craig Kirkland,  swam at the back of  600+ swimmers in the elite group on Sunday - the non race day, but still managed to top the weekend’s results by swimming the fastest time of the weekend in 1:48:50. The event was well organised by the OSS (Outdoor Swimming Society) and they are already talking about 2017 - so if you fancy a float down the Dart from Totnes to Dittisham visit the information link Information and results

September 2016

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.

April 2017   HSL Results

The band of happy STAMers (top) and Amy receiving  the runners up Trophy from Graham.

STAM Tri 2017


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!!

June 2017

STAM open water group at Denham Waterski Lake  7.30am

Preparing to set off at Liz and Dave’s

Stopping for a photo opportunity (and a rest) in Heartwood Forest

Walking through a field near Smallford - you can’t see him, but Alby the Labrador had a great time managing to find an extremely muddy pond and scattering walkers when he shook it all off!

STAM retain Herts Masters Champs

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.


June 2017                      Individual results

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.


July 2017                       Results