End of Season News

by Helen Atton

So we have made it to the end of the season and hopefully everyone is feeling rested and refreshed ready for the start of the next season in September.  There will be a few move rounds of coaches in the next few weeks, the main one being the taking over of the Monday senior session by Neil Kirk who has recently become fully a fully qualified coach.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank John Sneesby for all of the gaps he has filled over the last season, and club stalwarts, Tony and Steve who have coached twice a week, every week.  The volunteers of the club are our real strength, and while I can’t mention every single one today, I hope everyone remembers the time our massive voluntary workforce gives for free every week.  A big thanks to all of them from Alison, Chris and I.

Speaking of Tony, he is planning a massive charity challenge in the near future, so more to follow on this next month.

Another big thank you needs to go to Steve Bird for organising the annual trip to Mablethorpe.  This was a great opportunity to hang out with other club members for a bit of rest and relaxation.  Steve said “everyone that went enjoyed it … a spitfire flew over and there were poppy day stall along the prom”.  If you have ideas for social activities, please see Steve.

A quick reminder that both Evington Pool and DMU Pool are closed on Monday for the bank holiday.  However, if you still need a training fix, speak to your coach about making up the sessions you have missed, (the same goes for swimmers that have missed DMU session last week due to the pool closure).  We can usually fit you in on another night but please let us know.

A second quick reminder, that we would like swimmers on the poolside, ready to swim, at least ten minutes before the start of the session.  Swimmers should be going through their dry-land warm-up routines and be ready for the water warm-up as soon as possible.  We would really appreciate your help in getting the warm-ups starting crisply.

Finally, on Saturday it is #iamteamgb day to celebrate the British Team’s success in the Olympic Games.  Sadly, I have been unable to arrange an open water training session as the lake isn’t open, so instead I would love it if you could join Heather, Jacquette and myself at Braunstone Park Run at 9:00am on Saturday for a 5K run.  The theme is to wear something red, white, or blue (so a Neptune t-shirt then!).  To get a time you will need to register and print out a bar code, and under 11s must be accompanied on the way round by an adult.  You don’t even need to run all of the way, but will get lots of encouragement.  More details here.

Club Championships 2016 **Update **

by Min Chauhan


Please Note the change of  date for Gala 3 .

LNSC Club Championships will take place on the following dates :


Event Date Location Warm-Up
Gala 1 Saturday 24th Sept 2016 Market Harborough Leisure Centre
Northampton Road, Market Harborough,
LE16 9HF
Gala 2 Sunday 25th Sept 2016 Aylestone Leisure Centre
2 Knighton Road East, Leicester,
Gala 3  Moved –> Sunday 30th   Oct 2016 Aylestone Leisure Centre
2 Knighton Road East, Leicester,
Gala 4 Saturday 15th Oct 2016 Wigston Pool and Fitness Centre
Station Road, Wigston, Leicester,
LE18 2DP
Gala 5 Saturday 29th   Oct 2016 Loughborough Leisure Centre
Browns Lane, Loughborough,
LE11 3HE


Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time .

All participants MUST to be fully paid up members of LNSC.
Any entry from a not fully paid up member will be rejected.

All coaching fees/ training fees should be up to date at 30th August 2016.


Club Championship Entry Form 2016



Ope Water Training 13th August 2016

by Helen Atton

The weather forecast is excellent so open water training will be on tomorrow morning (Saturday 13th of August).

Training will take place at Mallory Park Race Circuit, Kirkby Mallory, LE9 7QE where lake swimming is run by Cycling Mallory Park.  Map and safety information here:  The cost to is £5, payable at the time to Cycling Mallory.

When you arrive at Mallory park, drive through until, you get to a car park.  Ahead are some open gates with a florescent sign saying open water swimming – go through this gate and drive clockwise along the road alongside the track until you get to the footbridge over the race track.  Park here and walk over the footbridge then continue walking straight ahead to the desk by the entry slipway to the lake.

Please read the safety information before you arrive and all swimmers will need to fill in the safety form – this will need to be signed by parents for anyone under the age of 18 and you will not be allowed to swim without it!

You will need to bring:

  • Swimwear, goggles and a bright coloured hat (I have spares if you only have a silver one).
  • Warm clothes to wear once you have got changed.
  • Something warm to wear to walk from the lake to the changing rooms, (eg a fleece or cagoule).

You may also like to bring:

  • Flip-flops
  • Wetsuit
  • A warm drink.
Training will take place during a public swimming session, so there will be other people using the lake and changing rooms.  As it is a public session, parents are welcome to swim too and I am happy to help anyone new to open water with acclimatisation.  At the same time there is cycling on the track too for £5.
Safety reminder:
Shower as soon as possible after leaving the water.  Wash all equipment that has been near the water – including drink bottles.  If you feel ill in the the two weeks after open water swimming, please see a doctor and advise them that you have been swimming in open water.


… And Relax!

by Helen Atton

WMaciek First place at Midlands 2 Jul 2016e finally made it to the end of the swimming season and it’s time to relax, but what a busy month July was!  We have had our final pool competitions – some open meets at Corby and Matlock where there were PB’s aplenty, plus the Midland ASA and English National open water competitions.  Special mentions to Kate Mc for following in  Sam Mc’s footsteps with her first open water competition at the Midlands and also to Maciek who claimed first place in his age group in the 1.5K race.  In the middle of all this Neil has become a fully qualified coach by completing his ASA level 2 course.

So what are we doing to relax?  First of all, you should have noticed that the intensity of training has dropped slightly and there is currently a bigger emphasis on technique in preparation for a our new training cycle starting at the beginning of September.   But more importantly, nothing says rest and relaxation more than our annual trip to Mablethorpe which takes place this Sunday – winning teams have been formed on Mablethorpe beach!  There are still spaces on the bus, so if you would like to go please contact Steve Bird as soon as possible.  You can call him on 07790216999 or email him on sjbird “at” toucansurf.com (change “at” to @).  The weather is meant to be stunning this weekend so make sure you pack the suncream!

Now that things have quietened down, I am hoping to start open water training from this Saturday at a new venue, Mallory Park.  The venue is very quiet and there are changing facilities.  Training will be for swimmers who can easily swim 650m comfortably so should be in the top junior training lanes or above.  The weather should be warm this weekend so wet suits are optional.  Training will take place during public swimming time, so parents can also swim if they wish but the lake normally expect you to wear a wet suit unless you are an experienced swimmer.  The cost will be £5.  Please let me know if you think that you may be interested in this.

Finally, congratulations to Louise and Stewart on their recent marriage!