Kingfishers end the year on a high note


A busy end to the year for Cheddar Kingfishers


Cheddar Kingfishers Swimming Club ended the year on a high note after another busy month of competition.

Eight swimmers entered the Yeovil and District Swimming Club Open Meet, held at Millfield pool on 15 and 16 December, setting new best times in twenty three of the twenty four events that they had entered and achieving seventeen top ten finishes. In 50m Freestyle Charlie and Finley Halford, Simon Toogood, Harry Read, Olivia Iles, Phoebe Hillman and Megan McClumpha all improved their times; Hillman  by an impressive 6.59 seconds and McClumpha won a sliver medal.  Read and McClumpha improved their times again in the 100m Freestyle, in which Read was ninth.  Iles finished with a sliver medal in the 200m Freestyle. In 50m Butterfly Jess Ferris, Iles, McClumpha, Lucy Todd, Read and Toogood all improved, Toogood was the highest placed finishing sixth in his age group. Iles took 4.56 seconds off her time for 100m Butterfly, just missing out on a medal to come in fourth. Charlie and Finley Halford set new personal best times in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke, with Finley improving by 6.3 seconds in the 100m event to finish fourth. The most impressive improvements of the weekend were in the Individual Medleys where Iles reduced her time for 200m by 7.7 seconds and Read his time for 100m by 14.3 seconds to finish fourth.

Grace Hurst travelled to Springfield leisure Centre in Corsham on 9 December where she improved her time for 50m Freestyle by more than 15 seconds, set a first time for 100m Freestyle and then reduced her time for 50m Breaststroke by an amazing 21 seconds.

Photograph shows the squad that swam at Midsomer Norton.


The swimmers got into the Christmas mood in Midsomer Norton where they took part in Norton Radstock Swimming Club’s Christmas fun gala. A hectic evening of races, accompanied by Christmas music, which included a woggle relay and a dressing up relay saw Cheddar and Norton Radstock neck and neck coming into the last couple of relays.  After 50 events Cheddar were just edged into second place by two points, behind hosts Norton Radstock.

The swimmers are enjoying a well-earned Christmas break but training will resume on Monday 7 January.