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Sunday 19th November - a chance for MAD masters to get together and compete against masters from other clubs.  The event is at Ponds Forge, which is great venue to compete at.

This event is on the same day as the Club Champs so the plan is to do the morning session and then return for Club Champs in the afternoon.

Further details can be downloaded here.

The Club is in need of donations for raffle prizes for the upcoming MAD Open Meet on the 30th September.  If you have items suitable that you don't need then please can you get your to one of the Committee members.

Bob started teaching for the club when his own children were still swimming back in the early noughties..

Since then his daughter, Marissa, has moved onto Uni and Sam is now one of our trusted Lifeguards..

Here's some picutres from Bob's last sessions on Friday 31st March.

Bob, now you've hung up your stop watche, "may the MAD be with you!"

Club 2 and 3 raised £40 for Red Nose Day by swimming choosing to wear shorts for their training session on Red Nose Day.

How would you like to help out when your son/daughter is swimming? You might save a life. Your Life Guard only has 2 eyes and with your help you double his/her vision. How do you do it? Simply, become a Spotter. You will need to attend a short meeting for a briefing on what is expected and you may even get to wear a special T-shirt. If interested please contact Marie Davey via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After the first round of the Derwert League we want to highlight a few points. The team spirit was great the atmosphere on poolside was a pleasure to be part of with all swimmers encouraging each other. With Lucas Bennett.s energy and dodgey pony tail bouncing around the whole teams mood was on a high.

The swimmers did brilliant with loads of personal best times and some stand out outstanding races. Top 3 swims go to Suzanna Fraiser, 100m fc 1.01 Jamie Everest 1.01 and Finn Everest 100m fc 1.07. We were really pleased with the younger end of the team too, even tho we weren’t winning everything we had a full team and the swimmers gave 100% so Well done everyone. Tom Burch, and Ellen Patton did a sterling job of team captains and kept the younger swimmers in check. The girls prep did involved a lot of hair plating, which I’m sure this made them more hydrodynamic. We came 4th overall but 3rd is definitely a goal we need to strive for. If we get 3rd next time we promise a fun group relay session that you always ask for on a Friday evening.

Areas we can develop as a whole team are

-       Keep the basic rules in mind at ALL times

-       We were DQ for backstroke finishes too often

-       Come with race kit (not baggy training trunks) we don’t expect you to have the latest 300 pound suit, but some well fitted race trunks and costumes are essential. They will make you faster and you will feel faster.

-       Take some spare goggles

-       Wear your club kit

-       Warm up dry side before your race

-       Focus on your changeovers on the relays

-       Go into the race positive

-       Watch the older swimmers, watch other teams

-       Get feedback on your race off the coaches

-       Have a laugh but on the block get serious get focused and concentrate

-       Make sure your attendance at training is high

-       You cant except to perform if you don’t train properly and regularly

-       We all must work harder and be better at dives and turns!!!!

Lets not give away easy points!

Till next time – happy training

Di and Gary

Hello everyone

As most of you will know I spend a lot of my time training hard and chasing around the country racing at triathlon and cyclocross. However this year I have decided to take a little time to reflect before my main races start. I have decided with the support of Gary to ride the North Coast 500 for the charity SANDS (Still born and neonatal death charity) in honour of some close friends that lost a baby in 2015.

Life's busy and sometimes it is easy to forget how fragile life is, I am not going to race round the north coast 500, I am going to ride it hard, but enjoy the beauty of the place, while thinking of others. I have many personal motivations to help steer me to this challenge adding to this, is the recent death of a talented local, 15 year cyclocross rider which will also add to my motivation, it's reminded me deeply that tomorrow is not guaranteed. I will also have all the swimmers at Matlock on my mind, we have a great club and we grow not just great athletes but great kids.

I will be supported by some great sponsors that I'm proud to represent Velobici, Mark Anthony Cycles, High5, Results Fitness & Swimming, but the main reason is to raise money to help others with the help of  SANDS. This is not in the slightest a doom and gloom story for me it's about making positive things happen. So the plan is not to race around but to appreciate what we are so lucky to have and raise some awareness for SANDS.

Any support from the swimming club members would be great, there's no pressure to sponsor me I have no target to raise or target time to achieve this is purely a challenge. If you wish to donate, please  go to and you can also follow my progress at

Love Di X

Sunday 3 July, 2016, saw a squad of twenty three ‘MAD’ swimmers descend on Alfreton for the annual Ripley Rascals July open meet. The swimmers had a very successful day as was evident in them achieving a total of forty personal bests between them!

The atmosphere and team spirit on the day was fantastic with the squad really getting into the warm-up routines and the ‘sing-a-long’! (see Di for evidence!). To quote from the Rascals website, “The swimmers deserve to be proud of their performances both in the pool and between races (numerous comments were made as to how well they had all behaved). We hope that they all achieved their goals and enjoyed it as much as the smiles suggested.”

Results to be published soon.

Report provided by Phil Barrett